Welcome to my Skopelos Walks website. I hope you enjoy browsing through the site and that you will join me on one of my walking tours of this beautiful island in the Northern Sporades.

Skopelos Walks offers walks to suit everyone; gentle rambles around Skopelos town and its surroundings, to full day hikes in the countryside.

I can also “Tailor” a specific walk or hike according to individual needs. Please e-mail me.

pathmidWHAT I DO : Footpaths don’t clear themselves and if nature had its way, every path would be overgrown. So as well as guiding,  I systematically go round and cut back the brambles and shrubs and also check the signs. This is done with help from volunteers from www.workaway.info  My mission is to have the entire old calderemi (stone footpath) system open, signed and mapped.

You can also follow us via our Skopelos Trails Facebook page and http://www.theretsinatrail.wordpress.com

I look forward to meeting you soon!
Best regards,

Heather Parsons


heatherABOUT ME – It all began in 1986  I decided to take a career break and accepted a job with Laskarina Holidays as resort representative.  I was delighted by the  natural beauty of the island and the traditional ways of doing things .  It reminded me not only  of my childhood  but also of the harsh yet simple way of life my mother told me about when she was growing up in rural Kent. 

The following summer I returned  and in 1988  bought a cottage and settled. Walking the dog and exploring, I noticed hidden stone paths here and there. Every time I went out, I  wasn’t satisfied unless I had found another portion!  These were the original highways of the island that had fallen into disuse with the advent of the car. I started clipping away the undergrowth and I’m still doing it!!    With little or no support from the local council, I have never given  up and now others are interested in them when back then, they were being destroyed as land-owners bulldozed roads to their property. I feel passionately about these works of art and will continue to fight their corner by not only keeping them free of undergrowth but also illegal fences.

Thirty years on, I live in the same cottage in Skopelos town.