Tatoi – Kithara, 17 November

This is a pleasant walk of medium difficulty, in the Kithara area of Tatoi forest. Susan (6976536881) is leading this walk on Saturday 17 November. We start at 14:00 hours and we will walk even in light rain. The whole walk should take about 2hr 45 minutes, including stops. The walk includes a steep climb for about 40 metres to start with, which then becomes a reasonable uphill path through the woods. After about 40 minutes the path is on white rocks up to the old fort, from where we expect to have a wonderful view towards Evia & Salamina. From then on we follow a dirt track for about 1 1/2 hours to the Kithara spring & then another half hour along the track to the cars, with the rising rocky ground on our left with some flowers (if we are lucky) & a lovely view on our right.

It is advisable to wear boots or walking shoes with a good grip and sticks will be useful.

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”. 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 4.7 km there is a spring on the right side of the road. Parking is on the road or by the spring. The start will be here.

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.