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Welcome to my Skopelos Walks website. I hope that 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.

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

WHAT I DO : Footpaths don’t clear themselves and if nature had its way, every path would be overgrown. So as well as guiding, together with volunteers (mostly via www.workaway.info) we systematically go round and cut back the brambles and shrubs and also check the signs.  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.

I look forward to meeting you soon!

Best regards,

Heather Parsons

 

heatherABOUT ME – It all began in 1986 when 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 experienced when she was growing up in rural Kent.  Walking the dog and exploring, I noticed hidden stone paths here and there. Every time I went out, I  wasn’t satisfied unless I found another one! 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!! I never gave 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.

The following summer I returned  to work and in 1988  bought a cottage and settled. In 1990 the Sotos Walking Guide copyright was given to me. I annually updated and added to it.  In April 2001 the guide was given a facelift and a new name: Skopelos Trails, which incorporates the  Sotos guide and includes history, nature notes and “spotters” lists. Thirty years later, I live in the same cottage in Skopelos town.