Dingli Cart Ruts (Clapham Junction) and Caves

Dingli Cart Ruts (Clapham Junction) and Caves

Dingli Cart Ruts (Clapham Junction) and Caves
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There are several prehistoric sites near village of Dingli: the so-called 'cart ruts', unexplained parallel tracks hewn in the rock, and several megalithic caves.
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hungaryforadventure
Columbus, OH61 contributions
Jul 2022
This site has amazing history but there's no tourist infrastructure or interpretation. I ended up having a great time on a very hot July morning. I was the only person around and felt like I was wandering the moon by myself. When I finally found the caves and the cart ruts, I spent an hour exploring. You can climb into the caves and walk on the cart ruts.

This would be a wonderful site to visit in a cooler season if you are out hiking or walking. In July, I practically gave myself heat stroke. I walked from Dingli to the cart ruts, then to the Buskett Gardens and got a bus back to Mdina.

There is a clear sign from the road that indicates where to turn for the caves and ruts. There is a big parking area but no other information. I walked too far down the road and had to retrace my steps. Turn right at the green gate and look for a trail. There is some piled limestone that indicates where the caves are. Once you start spotting the ruts, they are everywhere.

I am a very independent tourist, but this would be a good site to visit as part of a guided tour, so someone could point you to the sites and interpret them! Outside of a guided tour, this is for someone looking for a bit of adventure. For me, it was well worth the effort.
Written July 31, 2022
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chris g
Carlisle, UK41 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
When Hubby said he wanted to go and look at this, I thought Yeah, Yeah, whatever, there'll be nothing to see, but we followed the signs in our hire car and I literally stood the car on its nose when I braked...the cart ruts are clearly visible about 9 inches deep in the limestone, snaking off across the top of one hill and up the side of the next. Approximately 3500 years old and the take your breath away!
Written March 12, 2015
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Patricia K
Oslo, Norway567 contributions
Sep 2014 • Friends
Malta is a mysterious place, that’s for certain – and the Dingli Cart Ruts also known as Clapham Junction has to come top of the lot.
After our visit to Hagar Qim and Mnajdra, our three tour busses of conference delegates drove through the arid countryside with scattered housing and shrubby fields to the area known as the cart ruts. These “cart tracks” are a large number of deep groves cut into the limestone rock heaven knows how, considering that they are tousands of years old. If you first start asking “how?” the tracks or ruts were cut millenia ago you’ll soon also begin asking yourself “why?” would anyone put such a great effort into making these grooves or tracks? What on earth could they have been doing here to need to do, or make such “tracks”? Are they tracks? Tracks for what? Carts? Why would the carts have needed to run along in tracks? Exactly! Question follows question here at “Clapham Junction”.
All sorts of fanciful theories have been put forward to account for, or try to account for these strange grooves on the landscape, but the mystery remains unsolved. There doesen’t seem to be any ‘legends’ connected to the Dingli Cart Ruts either, or Clive or one of the other two guides (three busses) would have mentioned this.

When I grew up Erich von Däniken’s books of extraterrestrial theories were very popular :-) and these cart ruts did make me think of the “lines” on the Nazca desert plain in Peru, but those are much more clear-cut and patterns easy to see than anything here at Dingli. If you applied the Erich von Däniken “mode” to the cart ruts of course, it could be said that perhaps the energy-propelling streams from ascending or descending space craft “could” have burned or melted the rock with such force that deep grooves in would have been carved into the limestone cliffs, but of course this would be much too far out for most people :-)
The mystery remains – how, for what purpose, and why here on a desolate arid part of Malta, would anyone have taken the trouple to make such grooves? Not all grooves run in pairs or parallel either, there are many odd lines that don’t seem to belong or lead anywhere… Why and How?? Yes, Malta is a mysterious place.

When all the conference participants came to the Dingli site, everyone svarmed out across the landscape, up the hill toward the main expanse of ruts. The whole area was fairly overgrown with shubbery and wild Thyme. There was a strong smell of Thyme present nearly all the time we were here – nice, adding a further exotic touch to the whole place. We also saw one of the Punic tombs (Punic = Carthaginian) from the time when Hannibal and the elephants were battling the Romans, this was quite interesting.

One thing for any Travellers coming here to be aware of is that it is important to wear proper footwear if you want to clamber about the landscape. I found it hard going at times, not because it was steep but because the limestone rocks were so uneven, rutted and difficult to walk on I really had to watch my balance. Forget summer sandals and flip-flops, these would be downright dangerous to wear here, it would be very easy to slip, get caught in shrubbery, fall and do yourself an injury. Shoes with proper rubber soles that grip the rock surface would be good. I was wearing summery shoes that did have good rubber soles, but I didn’t know what to expect in advance so this was just luck. I was so busy watching my balance and where to put my feet I didn’t take more than one picture!
Visit the Dingli Cart Ruts? Of course, if you love a good mystery on Malta!
Written October 29, 2014
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kenrockape4241
Stoke-on-Trent, UK86 contributions
Jun 2022
After checking online to see on Malta where is the best place to see the Cart Ruts, I opted for Clapham Junction. Got the bus to Dingli and walked from there to the Cart Ruts & Caves. For bus users, Buskett is the nearest stop. There's a sign indicating Clapham Junction and Caves parking area. So, being a good tourist, I followed the track which led nowhere!! At the end of the track there were 3 gates, all locked. I had a rough idea where Clapham Junction was so headed off cross country. Yes I found some Cart Ruts but I have to say I wasn't impressed. Maybe I hadn't reached the right area, but morale was flagging and I decided to call it a day. For Cart Rut followers, I found that the area called the Naxxar Gap is excellent. In addition to excellent Cart Ruts, there's an added attraction of one of the only remaining WW2 pill-boxes designed to resemble a house.
Written June 10, 2022
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Francis H
Dingli, Malta68 contributions
Aug 2014 • Friends
the Cart Ruts however interesting if you know a bit about the history, but as an unknowing traveller they are nothing great, if you do not know what they are ( and even archeologists are not sure), really nothing much to see, difficult to find, for most people waste of time.
Written August 21, 2014
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Superkatt
Sweden6,711 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
Cart ruts is a typical Maltese attraction, and can be seen on both islands of Malta and Gozo Nobody knows exactly when, how or why these deep tracks in the limestone cliff has happened or being built. There are several larger clusters of tracks on the islands, the most known is the Clapham Junction, just nearby the Dingli Cliffs on Malta, but this place is not easy to find. We have been driving a while until we found the entrance to the site of Clapham Junction and Ghar il-Kbir, I hope my photos can help to find the way. There is no entrance fee to this site.
Written October 2, 2013
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Thewayiseeit
Mosta, Russia1,205 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
Take a walk from the observation tower at dingli cliffs follow the rad to the left and you come across a quarry take a left and you wil come across caves used by settlers on the island as living quaters and also used for pagan rituals. Later they were inhabited by locals but sadly bombed by the British to move them! Still areas can be seen and you can walk in the cave dwellings as well. You will also come across old cart tracks and see verdala palace in the distance.
Written July 14, 2017
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Ingrid S
Vienna, Austria74 contributions
Oct 2016 • Solo
Nobody knows for sure how these mysterious "cart tracks" in the bare rock came about, even though there are many different speculations. They are definitely interesting, but you need good shoes to get close to them.
Written November 7, 2016
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Michal T
Gdynia, Poland105 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
It is located outside main routes, just field with deep parrarel ruts. If you look at them - question - how it was happen? - comes to your head - very strange and really worth to see. If made by Nature - shows Her power and "order in chaos". Caves - located just up the hill are also worth to see - just only caves - you may enter inside and explore them. No Fee, no directions. We get there by following other visitors.
Written September 30, 2015
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jane s
Immingham, UK134 contributions
Oct 2014 • Friends
Not easy to find the place the posts are rubbish. When you get there you have to know what you are looking for, find a rut and follow it for a while. Use your imagination as to what they where used for and why so many here. We got a bit worried as there was a man with a rife shooting rather close by. We decided it would be prudent to leave.
Written November 4, 2014
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