On Saturday 2nd April, join the Athens Strollers exploring the slopes of Parnitha (Katsimidi) leading to ‘alpine’ meadows and a snow melt river. If you like panoramic scenery, wild flowers and green areas, this is ideal for you. Carol and Joe are our walk leaders and the walk starts at 2.00 p.m. The duration of the walk with a stop at the river bank is approximately 3/3.15 hours. If you need to contact Carol, call 6944240222.
This is not a circular walk and is a steady incline on the way out and therefore gently downhill on the way back. Although the track is good, it may be a bit muddy at this time of the year.
Directions to get to the walk start:
Leave the Athens – Lamia national road at Varibombi bridge and head (west) towards Varibombi. While you are on the bridge crossing the Athens – Lamia national road, you are invited to zero your odometer. You will encounter several consecutive sharp bends for the first 1 ½ km. The last sharp bend is where you see the (faded) sign “Option Press”. From here on, the road straightens out for the next 2 ½ km. Midway this straight road, you go over the rail line. Bus number 503 comes along this route, departing from Zirinio school in Kifissia and terminating in Varibombi. This 2 ½ km long straight road ends at a T junction. At the T junction, turn right. Then turn left at the second turn on the left, marked for Leonidas taverna. This turn is 700 meters from the T junction. Set your odometer again to zero here. After 8.3 km you will see two tavernas on your right hand side. We will be eating at one of these tavernas (‘Lambros’) after the walk. Ignore a road that leaves to the right towards “Ippokratios politeia”. Stay on the main road. Just after the tavernas, cross a bridge and the walk starts just after the bridge on your left hand side. There is ample parking for cars on a space just off the road on your left hand side at the start of our walk.
After the walk we shall dine at the ‘Lambros’ taverna in the Katsimidi area. It is a few hundred meters from the walk finish, on your way back.