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I hope this blog encourages more people to explore the Greek mountains. Please let me know if you’d like to know more, or have anything to add from your own experience.

12 Responses to Contact us

  1. Peter Thomas says:

    Wonderful idea. Beautifully written.

  2. Ivo Aceto says:

    hello Jane,
    my name’s Ivo. I am Italian but i spend almost every summer in Greece, and I am a keen hiker. i have been to several places already, including Taigheto, Mt Olimpus, the Pilion peninsula, several areas in southern Peloponnese. Last year I spent one week hiking around the island of Kythira. And i do it alone.

    I am very happy to know there are some other fellow Greece-hikers, and I find your website quite interesting.

    I am now thinking to hike around the Dephi area. But i am also pondering on the idea of walking to delphi from either Corinthos or Athens on ANCIENT PATHWAYS

    Do you have any ideas where i could find information about this?

    If you need some detailed info on Messinia, just contact me. we have a summer house near Marathopolis and i often go on rambles in the area.

    All the best.


    PS I am 61 years old.

  3. Jane Laurie says:

    Hi Peter
    Many thanks for your email and encouragement. We’ve been away walking a bit of the GR7 in Spain so apologies for the slow reply. I’ll look forward to reading your blog over the next few weeks – great idea to contrast how things have changed – or not! We have had a house near Kalamata for 30+ years, so I know the Peloponnese reasonable well.
    Best wishes


  4. Jane Laurie says:

    Hi Ivo
    Thanks for your email. It’s always great to get feedback and I’m glad you found the blog interesting.

    There’s some great hiking around Delphi, and we’re planning to go back sometime to do “the Delphi gap” – the stretch between Ano Mousounitsa and Itea on the coast which we didn’t manage because of Alan’s accident and then the start of the winter rain and snow. The E4 either side of Delphi looks good, going down through olives to the coast, and we were planning to follow more or less the route in the Cicerone Mountains of Greece guide by Tim Salmon, though as far as I remember there’s a few bits north of Delphi where possible alternatives were shown on the Anavasi map. I assume you have both the Cicerone book and know about the Anavasi maps – what a difference they have made! Tim is currently updating the Cicerone guide, although I think he is planning to leave out some parts he couldn’t revisit and describe it as a single long distance route. I imagine the new version will be available next year.

    Starting from Athens or Corinth might be tricky though. I looked at how to get from Delphi to the Peloponnese and basically decided to get the bus and start from Diakopto opposite Itea on the opposite side. I don’t think there is any obvious hiking route, and there’s quite a few roads and established agriculture and development. The only option I can think of is via Ano/Kato Tithorea over Parnassos, as described in the Cicerone guide, but I’m not sure if there’d be a good way to walk from Athens to the start. Tim Salmon lived in Athens for years so might be the best person to ask.

    We have had a house near Kalamata for years so I’ve visited the Marathopolis area occasionally, and done quite a bit of walking in Taygetos and elsewhere. It would be good to have a chat sometime about your experience in the Peloponnese. I’m not sure when our next trip to Greece will be, due to unpredictable commitments here. As well as walking the length of Crete, we’d like to complete “the Delphi gap”, so I’ll be interested to hear how you get on around Delphi.

    All the best


  5. Isidoros says:

    Dear Jane
    Ι loved your way of telling the story of your hike. Me and a friend of mine are planning to go for a long distance hike in Greece. We have walked the E4 route in Pelopponysos and we really enjoyed it. We are considering walking a bit more of the E4 route. What part of Greece would you sudjest? Between 10-15 days of walking would be ideal.

    Thanks in advance


  6. Jane Laurie says:

    Hi Isidoros
    I’m glad you enjoyed the blog and good luck with your plans for another long walk in Greece – it’s such a fantastic country for hiking.

    We didn’t follow the E4 for much of the time. In the Peloponnese it’s well-maintained but further north it all too often follows roads or is very overgrown. And it didn’t go to all the places we wanted to visit. I think in Crete it would probably be better, and there’s some useful guides/accounts, but we haven’t walked that bit yet. We did follow the E6 in the North for a while, and then various local paths like the O3. With the Anavasi maps and a GPS, route finding is not really a problem.

    It all depends – how far do you want to walk? do you like camping? how remote are you comfortable with? There is some great walking along the Pindos mountains which run north-south down the spine of Greece. The most popular area is around the Vikos Gorge, and these paths are well-maintained with a good choice of places to stay. The Gorge itself is spectacular. You could perhaps walk from Konitsa to Metsovo. I loved the area between Kastoria and Konitsa – undiscovered, bear prints etc – but it is very remote and can be snowbound till early June. There were also some real highlights between Metsovo and Karpenisi: pretty Kalarites village, the ridge walk above Gardiki, the river walk to Leondito and then the ascent to the Delidhimi pass and the precipitous muletrack to Epiniana.

    Much depends on when you are planning to go – Crete in May, the northern mountains in June, July, September. August is busy everywhere. Provincial towns like Kastoria, Konitsa, Metsovo, Karpenisi make good start and end points, as there are few buses to the villages (except around Vikos). I assume you have the Cicerone Greek Mountains book?

    But you probably know all this! With a name like yours, are you from Greece anyway?

    Let me know if I can help with any more information. I’ll be interested to hear where you decide to go and how you get on.

    Best wishes


  7. Peter says:

    On travels through Greece one summer in the 1980s, I hiked through the Vikos gorge near Monodendri. The natural beauty of the gorge surprised me, but so did the poison ivy. Do you know if poison ivy is still a problem in that gorge, and elsewhere on hiking trails in Greece?


  8. Jane Laurie says:

    Hi Peter
    No, we never came across poison ivy in the Vikos Gorge or elsewhere. I thought it was purely a North American plant. There may have been stinging nettles, but I can’t remember them being a problem – maybe very early in the year when the spring vegetation is lush. The only problem plants we found were the holly oaks because of the prickles on overgrown paths, but that was further south. Did you actually get affected by the plant or did it just look like poison ivy?

    Thanks for reading the blog and I hope you enjoyed it.


  9. Iain Cameron says:

    Hi my wife and I are hoping to walk the peloponnese section of the pindos way however having read the section on dogs in Tim Salmonds most recent guide book it has if anything left me feeling more than a little nervous with regard to any possible encounter with these rather frightening sheep guard dogs . I would appreciate any comments you might have on this subject and indeed any information you might have if you yourselves had any encounters with aggressive dogs during your own trek.
    Hope you can be of assistance. Iain Cameron.

  10. Jane Laurie says:

    Hi Iain
    I think the issue re sheep guard dogs is more relevant to the northern Greek mainland rather than the Peloponnese, since there they have wolves and bears to contend with and are trained to be fierce. Dogs are much less of a problem in the Peloponnese, since there are no wolves etc and it’s less remote, without the vast flocks of sheep. You will come across unfortunate guard dogs tied up outside a house or smallholding – they bark a lot but they are usually secured well out of reach. If you come across a loose dog, the owner is usually around and you just need to shout for them to come and help if you are worried. I think the main thing is to be aware that Greek dogs can be fierce, so maintain eye contact, don’t assume they are friendly and tell them firmly to go away. Bending to pick up a stone can help – they will know what that means. I’ve been hiking around the Peloponnese for nearly 40 years, and never had any problems. We did meet some of the large fierce dogs which Tim describes in northern Greece, but just gave them a wide berth or called the shepherd.

    So don’t worry about the dogs, have a great trip and enjoy the walk!
    Best wishes


  11. Jeremy Radcliffe says:

    Great blog!
    Do you email updates or have a facebook page?

  12. Jane Laurie says:

    Hi Jeremy,
    Glad you enjoyed it. Yes, I have a Facebook page at I’m currently posting a few photos of short hikes in the Taygetos in the Peloponnese.

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