The Corfu Trail with Hilary Paipeti

corfu trail logo large 1I started exploring Corfu on foot in 1982 in response to requests from my clients (I was working as a summer rep at the time) for places to walk.Since then I have been walking the length and breadth of Corfu, hiking in its mountains, and rambling in its olive-blanketed hills and open plains. The more I explore, the more I confirm that the island of Corfu is a walker’s paradise, with a huge variety of scenery, lovely footpaths and trails, many places of interest to aim for, and – despite heavy development in a few places – an unspoilt and venerable atmosphere. I published my first walking guide, the Corfu Book of Walks, in 1987, and greatly expanded it in 1995 as the Second Book of Corfu Walks. It was during research for this latter book that the seeds of the Saturday Walking Group were sown. It happened like this: I had gathered all required information for the new book, except for on the Pantokrator mountain area. walk 12-04-14 (23)aHaving walked little in this region since the creation of a network of new tracks, I was rather dreading the long task of exploration. Out on my last ‘lowland’ fact-finding mission near Lakones, I noticed two walkers approaching me, and recognised them both. One was the veteran walker and botanist Ann Nash, and the other was the artist and author Teresa Nicholas. As we chatted, I gathered that, due to worsening arthritis, this was to be Ann’s last walk… and Teresa was looking for another walking companion. Lucky for me, he happened to have good knowledge of the new tracks of the Pantokrator Massif through past hikes with Ann.

By Hilary Paipeti

Hilary’s Articles And Links

Stavros: The Mountain and Pantokrator Chapel

This wonderful walk takes you on a circuit of the high ridge south of Stavros. You reach a delightful chapel by way of a track, then return along a mountain footpath. Throughout, the views are spectacular. Starting Point: Dafnata Viewpoint, Stavros Village Time: 1 1/2... read more

A walking holiday? Follow the Corfu Trail

A few years ago I went on a trip to Cyprus. On a coach excursion into the Troodos Mountains, our guide enthused about the ‘amazing’ walking that the region had to offer. I think, though, that any walking tour of more than a couple of days in the Troodos... read more

Sights and Sounds of Giannades

The village of Giannades is located in the central west of Corfu, 20 kilometres from Corfu Town. It is the southernmost of three villages which lie on the west coast hills between Ermones and Liapades (the other two being Marmaro and Kanakades), facing away from the... read more

A Little Tour in North West Corfu

A Little Tour in North West Corfu Where can you find the island’s most beautiful sunsets? The real ‘best view in Europe’? Resorts on long-sandy beaches, that recall the tranquility of thirty years past? In North West Corfu, of course! Having avoided... read more

Join the Saturday Walking Group – and see Corfu

I started exploring Corfu on foot in 1982 in response to requests from my clients (I was working as a summer rep at the time) for places to walk. Since then I have been walking the length and breadth of Corfu, hiking in its mountains, and rambling in its... read more

At the Casino

The town in a few weeks will be bursting with tourists, journalists and the idle curious who are always prominent wherever Royalty and VIPs gather.

read more
Translate »

Pin It on Pinterest