The Five Kamares
There are five ways of getting from Skopelos town up to Raches/Ag Paraskavi/Pefkias: Kokala to the heliport, Kimissia to Pefkias, Kambos to Polimistria Aloupi to Ag Paraskavi and Abuzali to Raches. There are two extensions; Pefkias to Vromoneri and back to Ag Paraskavi and Polimistria to Petrovrissi then Aloupi or Abuzali. There’s also an alternative between Aloupi/Papathemou. All five have now been cleared so you can make short walks by going up one and down another in series or passing one by and taking the next to make a longer one. I’ve called these routes collectively The Five Kamares. I’m in the process of GPSing them and they’ll be available to download via the Skopelos Trails app.
What a fantastic year it’s been. Starting on 13 March with Sam and Monique from Canada, we had a total of 19 Workaway volunteers and 9 tourist volunteers who donated days of their holiday.
Trails cleared: Potami to Diakopi, Kokala, Tzukala (Monks trail), Tzelali, Kimissia, Retsina trail (Pirgos area), Panormos and Moutero, Vromeneri/Potami and behind Episkopi. Emmanuel also removed one huge tree at Kimissia, another at Pirgos plus two enormous ones at Ag Iannis Skleri. He’s my chainsaw hero; brave and tenacious.
Here are the names of all the volunteers for 2018:
Sam and Monique (Canada), David (Spain), Jenna (US), Liesa (Germany) Steve (UK), Eleni (US), Nikos (Canada), Che (Scotland), Hannah (Wales), Alexa (US), Jennie (Germany), Leigh (Australia), Gloria (Majorca), Rory (Ireland), Allie (Canada), Polly and Austin (Australia) and Audrey (Singapore).
Tourists: Jackie and Dee, Anita, Felix, Bankje, Pamela, Dan, Clive and Amy plus locals Dimitri Palaeologos and Emmanuel Palaeologos.
A huge thanks to them all.
The Retsina Trail
Maintenance is being carried out and we’ve just completed the portion that runs between Diakopi and Pirgos (near Anania).
The Skopelos Trails app
The app is now ready for use and can be downloaded via the Store. We’ll be adding routes whenever we can, in-between clearing. Thanks to ex volunteer Cristian for all the hard work in developing it.
Good-bye Debbi and Jay – better late than never
this post somehow didn’t get published at the time
It’s been a pleasure having Debbi and Jay around. We got so much work done in a happy and enthusiastic atmosphere. Doesn’t get much better than that. We cleared just about all of the old calderimi that runs from the main road at Palio Clima up towards Ag Iannis. This is a beautiful, wide, well-made calderimi which was hardly visible when we started. Not only did we have to cut away the vegetation and vines, but we also had to dig down, loosen and then remove the top layer of sandy soil that was covering it.
Thanks also to Hotel Dionyssos for hosting them. Without the support of the hotels, this continuing project just wouldn’t be possible.