Sunday, 15 February 2009

Sunday 15th February -Victoria Lines Walk

Around forty people had booked for this walk, but only twenty six actually turned up (including a 73-year old). Was it because of the walk description? If so, then why book in the first place? Maybe it was because of the rain at the start of the day? Then they must have been sorry, as the rest of the day turned out to be ideal weather for walking.

We succeeded in walking all the way below the Victoria Lines from the eastern end of the lines, Fort Pembroke, to the other end, Fomm ir-Rih, ending up at Gnejna at around 4pm.

On our way, we passed a number of ditches (especially near Dwejra Lines), forts(in particular Fort Mosta), and crossed a number of valleys, namely, Wied Faham, Wied Anglu, Wied il-Ghasel, Wied ta’ Sejkla, Wied ta’ Bingemma, Wied ta’ Bur Nuhhala, Wied ta’ Santi & finally we descended through Wied il-Hmar.

A difficult but rewarding and enjoyable walk!

Walk leader: Simon

Duration: 7 ½ hours

Distance: 21 kilometres

Some photos below.

Bahar ic-Caghaq – approaching the Coast Road

Ghar San Pietru

A difficult stretch – just before Wied ta’ Bingemma

More photos below, courtesy of Marcel Pisani

Bahar ic-Caghaq – on the ridge

Just after crossing Wied il-Faham

Climbing below the Lines

Approaching Wied Anglu

Ghar San Pietru

View from Ghar San Pietru ( 1 )

View from Ghar San Pietru ( 2 )

Ghar San Pietru

Approaching Wied il-Ghasel

The infamous quarry, with Fort Mosta in the background

Approaching Fort Mosta

Just below Fort Mosta

Climbing the ditch near Fort Mosta

A well-deserved rest

The Victoria Lines and Gnien l-Gharusa tal-Mosta

A commemorative inscription at San Guzepp tat-Targa

The excavated ditch at Dwejra Lines

Just below Dwejra Lines

The last part of Dwejra Lines’ ditch

Approaching il-Wied ta’ Bingemma

Descending towards the valley – Bingemma chapel can be glimpsed in the background

Views of Mgarr countryside and Gozo

Vernacular architecture – Razzett & Migbha

Descending towards Gnejna

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