Sunday, 19 October 2008

Against the Flow 19 October 2008

Although the first walk after the summer break was quite challenging, at 0830 more than 80 ramblers were waiting impatiently at the meeting point, eager to start walking. After a brief introduction by the secretary, all the group headed towards Wied ic-Cawsli and eventually passed through Wied il-Kbir, stopping for a very short break near Ghar Hanzir. At this point, the valley system bifurcates into two, with the one on the right leading to Wied Qirda. We took the left fork, leading eventually to Wied Xkora.

Walking practically on the valley-bed, we passed through Wied Sillani and Wied Musa, and struggled through the final stretches of Wied Xkora till eventually we reached the final point of the Siggiewi by-pass, where we had a well-deserved rest.

Then we continued upstream, passing through lesser-known valleys such as Wied ta' Manduca and Wied San Lawrenz (the most difficult & tiring slope - in the vicinity of the Laferla Cross). Then we walked through a beautiful garigue area, leading to the Gebel Ciantar cliff edge overlooking Fawwara and the Migra Ilma areas.

Here we stopped for another rest, whilst observing the scenery.

Afterwards we descended again towards Siggiewi, passing in the vicinity of Wied Zikku, and visiting two wayside chapels on our way back -tal-Providenza and ta' Hal Xluq. Following an almost unknown footpath, we reached Wied Xkora again and headed directly towards the main village square.

This was quite a 'difficult walk' bearing in mind that we started practically at sea level and reached a point approximately 250m ASL, and also that the terrain was not that easy for long stretches of this walk. However, this shows the determination of our members!

Walk leader: Simon

Duration : About 5 hours

Distance : 17 kilometres


Some of the photos below are courtesy of Silvan Mugliett





Ghar Hanzir


Alex, explaining the way forward


Wied Sillani

Heading towards Wied Xkora


Explaining the way forward…!?


A defaced Coat-of-Arms on a building near Wied Xkora


Outskirts of Siggiewi


Former Chapel of San Lawrenz


Beatiful garigue at Gebel Ciantar


Gebel Ciantar with Verdala Palace in the background


The promised island…Filfla


A well-deserved rest on the cliff edge

Fawwara – Lunzjata Chapel

Ramblers having a rest


Gebel Ciantar


Descending in the vicinity of Wied Zikku


Tal-Providenza Chapel


Another short rest at Tal-providenza


Hal Xluq Chapel

1 comment:

lynne gili-ross said...

I would appreciate any further information about the Chapel of San Lawrenz. Thank you.