Walking the Kalderimi

Walking the Kalderimia

Many of the kalderimia and paths are regularly walked
by our members but it is not possible to keep all the
routes clear and fully signposted all of the time. We recommend you use a good map (we use the Anavasi maps).

Please be careful when using these routes as in places some may be in poor condition, with loose stones and uneven surfaces. Make sure that you wear suitable
shoes, always carry enough water and have with you
a hat, sunscreen, a mobile phone and a first aid kit.

If you are walking alone, inform someone of the route
you intend to follow. The best period for walking is September to May; it is better to avoid the hot summer months unless you set off very early in the morning. 
Please note that when you walk on the network of
paths in Pelion you do so at your own risk.

You can help us in our work if you pick up litter along
the way and with a small folding saw or secateurs cut
any small branches or brambles that sometimes block
a route.

Organised walks

We organise walks, usually on Sunday every week – details can be found here and on Facebook. An email invitation is sent out to members giving details of the start and finish time and place, whether car transfers will be necessary,
the expected duration and level of difficulty of the walk, and whether an optional meal has been arranged at the
end of the walk.

The email also includes a link to a Wikilocs map that can
be printed out or viewed on a smartphone.

Where there are things of special interest on the walk,
such as a spring head, a stone bridge, a church, an old
mill, one of the many stunning views, an historic site,
etc, these are pointed out on the walk and walkers are
given time to stop and enjoy.

During the autumn, winter, spring and early summer,
walks are arranged during the day time. However, some early summer and autumn walks may be arranged for the early morning or early evening to avoid the strong sun.

Other walking and path clearing groups

There are several other walking groups in Magnisia and the Sporades with which we have contact and sometimes arrange joint walks or path clearing activities.

Details of some of these groups can be found here.

In 2022 we participated in the 5th Panhellenic Trail
Meeting organised in Kaisariani in Athens. We eagerly anticipate greater collaboration between the various participating walking and hiking groups and associations

in Greece. Our attendance at the 5th Trail Meeting gave
us insights into three of the most successful trails in
Greece, in Andros, Mainalo and Nestos, which have
already received European certification that attracts hundreds of hikers from all over the world.

Their experience convinces us that paths will be
maintained and remain open only if the local
community and the local Municipality is involved.