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Sunday, 4 December 2011

Walking on the Greek island of Rhodes

For those interested in walking on the Greek island of Rhodes, I have set up a sister blog named Rhodes Walks. After spending a weeks walking holiday on the island in September of this year I wanted to record the details on a blog and eventually decided a separate site would be the most appropriate place to do so as the Griffmonster Great Walks blog is purely for UK walks, East Anglia in particular.

The new blog has a similar format and I hope it is of some use to those who intend to do some walking on this scenic island. The walks are all simple and under 15 miles with included information about local features and details of tavernas and restaurants plus a google map of the route.

As a brief introduction, there are no OS maps or anything similar for Rhodes which is a great impediment to seeking out trails and tracks. We bought ourselves a Kompass map and even though this denotes tracks and footpaths, it is not totally accurate and there is a lot of ambiguity when actually searching these out with many additional tracks not marked on the map. I was not certain about the legal status of tracks and footpaths and what constituted a public right of way but it seemed, from talking with local folk, that most of the open countryside had an unwritten open access - just keep away from military areas.

The hot and humid climate also involves a more leisurely pace than walking in the UK. With temperatures well into the 30's, plenty of water is needed and a hat is essential. Both local knowledge and referral to walking booklets aids the would be Rhodes walker.

This was the first Greek island walking odyssey, so hopefully now armed with a little local knowledge and experience a subsequent visit can provide us with more adventurous walks.

Website: http://rhodeswalks.blogspot.com/

  2 comments:

  1. Hi, if you need a walking guide for your next trips, please know that we've published a self written guide with 20 daytours (all circular), in English. Take a look at http://amzn.to/PErGZa

    Greetz,

    Paul

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    1. Paul - I used your guide last year and thoroughly recommend it. Being new to walking in Rhodes I found the main difficulty is the lack of detailed maps as we have in the UK with the OS. That means it is essential to have a guide and yours was the one we opted for. I still have to blog the rest of the Rhodes walks we undertook but I have a large backlog of blogging to catch up with. Hopefully with winter approaching I can get these done.

      GRiFF

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