Saturday, 28 February 2009

Gozo Weekend, Saturday Feb 28th Walk. Part 1

Today’s walk, the second one of this 4th Gozo weekend, started near the Sports Complex (Victoria). Around 60 ramblers headed uphill towards Xaghra (tas-Sellum), passed by it-Tempju ta’ Santa Verna, descended towards Ta’ Hamet, passing near in-Nuffara & uphill towards Nadur through a footpath leading to it-Torri ta’ Kenuna. After walking along the Nadur Belvedere, we crossed the village and then,through another footpath, we walked along il-Wied ta’ Bingemma.

The next part, from the end of San Blas road to Dahlet Qorrot was one of the most scenic – we walked around beautiful garigue and crossed another two valleys,Wied ir-Rihan and il-Wied ta’ Dahlet Qorrot.

At Dahlet Qorrot, we had a longish break for lunch, consisting of previously-ordered Gozitan pizzas and ftajjar, and delivered by our President Lino Bugeja. After lunch we headed towards San Blas through scenic and adventurous footpaths, until we crossed il-Wied ta’ San Blas. After this steep but short slope, i.e. after some 14km walking, some ramblers decided to return to Rabat through Nadur, while others opted for the whole planned walk through Ramla l-Hamra.

From Ramla we headed towards Marsalforn through footpaths on the slopes, succeeding in reaching the cliff-edge through a minzel. We then passed through Ta’ Pergla and via another footpath we headed through il-Wied tal-Ghezien and crossed il-Wied ta’ Gnien Imrik.

Finally we headed uphill towards Ta’ Srug where we enjoyed marvelous views of Gozo’s many hills, with il-Wied ta’ Marsalforn just below us. After a short rest, we reached our starting point through another footpath.

If there were any doubts, this walk was a vivid proof that Gozo is an island replete with valleys and hills.

Walk Leader: Simon.

Duration: 8 1/2 hours including breaks (0930-1800)

Distance: 22 km

Some photos here and in the post below.

Ic-Cittadella & its suburb, Rabat

Xewkija parish church

Heading towards it-Torri Ta’ Kenuna

Just below in-Nuffara (1)

Just below in-Nuffara (2)

Il-Wied ta’ Bingemma

Beautiful garigue

Views of Dahlet Qorrot & it-Torri ta’ Sopu

Heading towards Dahlet Qorrot

An interesting stretch, with a little bit of clambering

Wied ir-Rihan

No comments: