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Kritsa Gorge

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Monpetit wrote a review Nov 2020
Vannes, France1,074 contributions748 helpful votes
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The krits gorge have several possibilities : - a short one, 2-2h30, with the principal part of the narrow gorge and back by a ascending hike - a medium one, which continues the gorge in a less narrow gorge but very interesting and the way up is nicer, the arrival on the top more sightseeing - a longer one to Tapies but or you take a cab or there is a commun part on the way back(it is a lolypop and not a loop). All are very nice and the narrow path is exceptional. After don't forget to voisit the town and to have a meal at Platanos
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Date of experience: September 2020
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eat_hike_dive_travel wrote a review Feb 2020
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I’ve done a detailed outline & pics to help future hikers. Kritsa Gorge was my first training for a desert mountain charity trek, so if you like my review, I’d really appreciate your support for the Heart Foundation. Pls see the weblink on my profile Useful websites include 'Cretan Beaches' (has hikes too) + Google Earth. 1. Parking Spot: is uphill from the bridge on a rickety road, keep going till mini-church-shrine on right (1a) and path on left to gorge (1b). Path on the Right in (1b), is where you return from. 2. Type of walking: Hiking boots very helpful, poles unused. You walk an old watercourse, ranging from rolling over pebbles (2a) to clambering over boulders (2b). 3. Difficult areas: Just a few, need to clamber up/over boulders. There are helpful aids – metal grab / step handles (3a) and in one area, a rope & handles to pull yourself up (3b) 4. Route finding: plenty of large red spots (4a). In places where the route seems unclear, look more carefully for much smaller red spots, marking less obvious ‘work arounds’ (4b – just to the right of the small plant in the foreground, RHS middle) 5. Circular return: There’s an exit out of the gorge, uphill on the right. For me, this was after 1h 15mins. The gorge comes to a more open, sandy area (5a). There’s a small yellow sign to Tapes left/ahead (5b). Then on the right, a red spot on a rock, near a half-height breeze-block shelter (5c). Go right following more red spots. 6. Return route: You initially ascend on an easy sandy path (6a) with DIY wire gates (6b, pls close them after). Wide open views, including looking back over the gorge you’ve traversed, as the path turns back on itself higher up (6c). 7. Short detour: I added this for charity trek hill practice (pls see my fundraising 😊) and even better views. There is a path coming from left & behind, at the satellite map blue dot (7a). Almost immediately take the right fork (looks like a second left-side path, on satellite 7a). Then zig-zag uphill (7b) to a wondrous view (7c), including the sea (not in pic) to the left. Path continued faintly, but I retraced steps (take care, many goat paths) to point on my satellite photo 7a, the detour dot. 8. Back to main route: if ignoring #7 detour, you’d just keep walking on the sandy path (6a). As others said, go past a farmhouse on the right (seen at top of satellite pic 8b). Very shortly after farmhouse, the main path/road bends left. Ignore that for circular return. Instead, look straight ahead and find a faint red-sand path, again with red dots (8a). This is at satellite blue dot (8b). Continue ahead, next to a wire fence, descending steadily on a partly cobbled old ‘road’. 9. Back to Parking: This path returns you promptly to the parking spot, where you emerge near the mini-shrine. 10. Total route: the graphic (10) shows my overall circular route, with diversion. Including the diversion, this took me a comfy 2h 45 including stops for lunch & photos. Elevation gain was 200m. Other notes: There are flies & mozzies near the little puddles, and it’s a little ‘stuffy’ in the gorge. Then you’ll need suntan cream on the over-hill return. This isn’t a “stroll” to my mind, it’s definitely a hike, but not a technical one. Helps if you’re confident with boulders (but I wasn’t initially!). There are a few boulders to traverse, but not too high, and with sure footing most times. Quite easy route-finding with numerous red dots. A really enjoyable half-day hike, thanks Crete!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Richard M wrote a review Sep 2019
Leeds, United Kingdom35 contributions22 helpful votes
The Kritsa Gorge is a spectacular natural feature just outside the stunningly beautiful town of Kritsa. Kritsa itself is around 6 miles from Agios Nikolaus and is easily accessible by public bus. The bus stop is about 0.5 miles from the entrance to the gorge and is an easy walk. It is possible to walk right through the gorge and come out at the other side. The alternative (that we did) is to walk about 1.5 miles through the gorge and then take a mountain path which brings you back to the start. Including the walk to and from the bus stop, the total walk took us just over 2 hours. This is a wonderful walk but there are some things you need to be aware of. Use sturdy walking shoes or boots because it’s very rough and rocky. You need to clamber over rocks which isn’t that bad so long as you are relatively fit. In places you need to use metal hand and footholds and in one place there is a knotted rope to help you over one difficult bit. A few hints. The point where you turn right out of the gorge (to take the mountain path back to the start) is by a yellow sign saying “Tapes 1.5 hours” - This new path is marked by the little red dots which are similar to this in the gorge itself so you shouldn’t be able to go far wrong. Don’t be put off by apparent fences that cross the path, these are in fact crude gates that can be opened and closed (used by farmers to control livestock so please close the gates). At one point you pass a disused farmhouse (on the right) and shortly after that the track goes sharp left, but you must carry on straight (marked by red dots) or else you may end up at the ancient city of Lato (the car park of which you can see in the distance). There is a mixture of path and track which leads you back downhill to the start point (by the sign saying “to the gorge”. The gorge itself is beautiful and cuts through the mountain with sheer rock faces either side. You begin to wonder how any mountain path is going to take you back but it does. This return route gives you stunning views of Kritsa which would make the walk worthwhile even without the gorge. I have no idea what lies beyond that turn off point but another year we will do the full route and write another review.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Jemmo70 wrote a review Sep 2019
Bournemouth, United Kingdom133 contributions110 helpful votes
My daughter had already read that we should do this walk backwards and she was right! There was a lot of downhill very slow walking actoss stones. Wear sensible shoes and this is not for the faint hearted or disabled. A great walk though and you feel as if you achieve something!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Hannah wrote a review Jul 2019
Vantaa, Finland73 contributions45 helpful votes
A tiny village in the mountains. Beautiful place to visit and enjoy a late lunch with kids. Our lunch place was lovely, we sat at a private area in the middle of crossroads. Our lunch consisted traditional Greek salad and moussaka.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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