This is a pleasant walk of little difficulty, inside the Tatoi Royal Estate, on mostly level ground; the demanding uphill parts are few. Xenophon (6937055502) is leading this walk on Sunday 30 September. We start at 11:30 hours and we will walk even in (the unlikely event of) light rain. This walk will take up about 2 hours. The walk takes us along paths the Athens Strollers have visited before, but also along a forest path which we visit rarely. Much of the walk is in the shade of trees. But do wear a sun tan lotion, a hat and carry with you plenty of water.
How 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 used to see the faded sign “Option Press” (in April 2012 there was a sign ‘Ενοικιάζεται’ in its place). 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`, ‘Thea’, ‘Tzoumerka’ tavernas. This turn is 700 meters from the T junction. Set your odometer again to zero here. After 3.8-3.9 km there is a wide parking area on your left, with a parking sign; at this point, the road takes a left turn; on the bend, you can see a dead end road on your right, with a gate (shut) which leads into the Royal Estate. Park your car either in the designated parking area or on the side of the road. We meet at the parking area. The start will be here.
Google Maps: Here is a map for those coming from the south along the Athens-Lamia National Road, that gets you to the Varibombi junction (point B), then to the T-junction (point D) and then to the left turn for the tavernas (point E). https://tinyurl.com/35nsy7r
Here is a map for those coming from the junction between Kifissias avenue and Charilaou Trikoupi street in Nea Erythrea, that gets you to the Varibombi junction (between points C and D), then to the T-junction (point E) and then to the left turn for the tavernas (point F). https://tinyurl.com/2wfgj64
The taverna: After the walk we shall dine at the ‘Lambros’ taverna in the Katsimidi area (further into the forest, from Tatoi). It is situated at the 8.3 km point along the route you have taken to get to the walk start. In other words, the taverna is 8.3 km from the point where you zero’d your odometer, turning left at Varibombi for tavernas ‘Leonidas`, ‘Thea’ etc. At the 8.3 km point, you will see two tavernas on your right hand side, one behind the other, and a road leaving to the right towards “Ippokratios politeia”: Lambros is the one behind. If you prefer, stay close to the walk leader, and ask to drive along in a convoy, from the walk finish. If you are a regular Stroller, you have dined here before. Important: it is a Sunday lunch and the taverna is likely to be busy; to secure your place, kindly inform the walk leader as early as possible.