This is a fairly easy and pleasant circular walk, in a real forest area, on mostly level ground; there is just one uphill part, for ~20 minutes. Xenophon is leading this walk on Sunday 29 May. We start at 11:30 am. It will take up about 2 hours. The walk takes us along a stream; it then reaches a bridge; coming after the bridge is the 20-min climb; in its final part, we pass a fresh water spring (non-drinkable), then enter the Royal Estate, walk past the (now derelict) summer palace, a children’s play ground, before we reach our cars. The walk follows some parts we have walked before (and others not so often), but then Tatoi is a lovely place and very suitable to the warm weather of May.
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 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`, ‘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.