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Happy Wanderers Paphos 

Cyprus

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ADMIN UPDATE

Please could I ask that all members use the new hwpaphos@outlook.com email address when addressing items to the Committee and for the weekly walk’s information.

We currently have 134 walking members, having accepted 10 new members since the beginning of the year.  

4% of members are aged over 80   

43% of members are between 70-80                                 

43% are between 60-70 

8% are between 50-60

with just 2% under 50 yrs old. 

Youngest member aged 30 and oldest aged 85.

The HWP AGM will be held on the 25th January in Kathikas, further details will be sent out to Members.

HWP ACTIVITIES – Coming Up

CRETE TRIP:  15th – 19th MAY 2018 

Following a successful recce, the organisers are happy to take 30 walkers, which means all those who wanted to go can be accepted. HWP have booked 15 studio apartments at the Folia Apartments Hotel, (website http://www.foliahotel.gr) for the nights of 15 – 18 May (check-out on 19 May).  All the studios have a small kitchenette with fridge and tea-coffee making facilities. Crete is a beautiful island and very different from Cyprus - you may wish to spend extra days and see more.

Outline Programme

Tuesday 15 May

1930            Pre-Walks Briefing will be held in the Folia Hotel Bar area

2000            Group dinner in the Folia Hotel.  Details to be confirmed nearer the time. 

Wednesday 16 May : Coast to Coast :  Choice of Two Walks

Both of these walks include a long ridge trail with panoramic views over the west coast, distant mountains to the southeast and the bay of Kissamos to the northeast.

Medium/Long Walk : From Limeniskos boat harbour on the west coast, to Kissamos on the north coast. 17.3 km with 400m ascent and descent.

Shorter Walk : From Platanos village to Kissamos. 13 km with 180m ascent and 400m descent.  All on gentle gradients but a rocky track in places.

Evening:  free

Thursday 17 May : Up in the Hills : Choice of Two Walks

Both walks offer beautiful views of surrounding hills, gorges and mountains beyond.

Long Walk: Nea Roumata to Orthouni 16.7 km, with 640m ascent and descent

Short Walk:  Nea Roumata to Laggos 9.4 km with 255m ascent 400m descent

Evening free

Friday 18 May :  Rodopos Peninsula : Choice of Two Walks

Yet again, spectacular scenery can be enjoyed on both of these walks.

Long difficult Walk:  Rodopos Monks’ Trail.  15 km with 500m ascent and 600m descent. Very rough track in places.

Short Walk: Circular walk from Ravdoucha.  9.3 km with 360m ascent and descent.

Evening:  Optional bus trip into Chania, own arrangements for dinner.  There are numerous restaurants in the old town and around the harbour.

Saturday 19 May

Programme ends after breakfast.

 


 

COMPLETED ACTIVITIES / events

CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT MINTHIS GOLF CLUB

After three great walks in the Tsada region of Paphos the Happy Wanderers enjoyed their annual Christmas Meal at the Minthis Golf Club on 7th December.  

56 members & partners enjoyed a buffet lunch which included an array of starters, mains of turkey, fish, chicken, beef and vegetarian options and desserts of Christmas pudding, profiteroles and many more delights. The afternoon flowed with plenty of wine, beer and water.
Thank you to Sandra Perrott for organising the event. We look forward to another bash next year.

PAN HANDLE TRIP 6th – 10th NOVEMBER 2017

35 members and 2 guests enjoyed a very successful trip to the Karpaz Peninsula in North Cyprus. It was a long drive but all thought it worthwhile. The Exotic Hotel Staff made us very welcome and provided wonderful food both at breakfast and in the evening in the Kiyi Restaurant.  Most enjoyed a leisurely drink before and after dinner when Anne M. Jo K. And Lynne tried to teach us the fascinations of Mexican Train. (I believe Amazon have had to order extra stocks since we all got home!) 

The weather was amazing and the rain held off for all the walks, (although some non-walkers who stayed behind did get a soaking!)

Day 1   Aphrendika Ruins

We had an hour long drive to the village of Dipkarpas and through to the North coastal region. The two walks started at the ruined churches with the shorter walk attended by 13 members was 8k and led by Rod, taking a fairly flat route out to the sea, along the coast and back. The longer walk, attended by 21 members  was 14k, (should have been 13!) was led by Jo, had a tricky start, (not completely lost but definitely an interesting diversion), after hacking their way through the overgrown forest, the track was recovered and normal walking resumed. This walk also went down to the sea and along the coast to finish. Both groups met for drinks at the Oasis Beach Bar afterwards.

Day 2   Kantara Castle

Although this was a free day for members to explore the area, drive to the castle, (or go handbag shopping in Famagusta), 11 hardy soles still wanted to walk.  Rod had planned a 9k walk which was really beautiful. It started from Kantara village and wound around and up to the castle where walkers could look around the castle ruins with the non-walkers of the day. Rod then led the group back to the village, (and it’s tavern), on an equally delightful route. 

 

Day 3  Kumyali

Kumyali is on the south coast about half an hour’s drive from the hotel. Both walks followed the same nature trail. The shorter, led by Jo, was 9k and the longer, led by Rod, added a loop further along the coast then inland. There were several challenging steep (but short) climbs down rocks with an even more challenging climb (almost vertical!) up after lunch. All 28 walkers completed these challenges and we must applaud the determination and skill of those members for whom it really must have been daunting! (Thankfully alternative routes did not have to be sought). Both walks had a leisurely picnic lunch on the beautiful unspoilt beach, some even taking time for a quick sunbathe (or was it an excuse to lie down?) Both groups went back for drinks in the sun at the hotel restaurant, which had tables bordering the sea.

Many thanks to all involved who helped make the trip possible and so memorable. Rod & Jo,  John & Viv, Richard & Rema, Lynne Alan & Fay. 


HW ANNUAL GALA DINNER

The Happy Wanderers held theirAnnual Gala Dinner on 6th October at the Aquamare Beach Hotel in Paphos. There were 62 attendees which included members and guests who indulged in a fantastic Mediterranean buffet provided by Evis and his staff. The entertainment was provided by Michael Antonio who got the members and their guests dancing the night away. A big thanks to Sandra for organising a superb night.

 


PAJERO GROUP - DINNER & DANCE

On Friday 26th May, over 35 people from the Happy Wanderers joined company with the Pajero Group for their annual dinner/dance at the Venus Beach Hotel. The evening was a great success and everyone that we spoke to thoroughly enjoyed the evening. The entertainment was the Blues Brothers and people danced the night away to their music. The meal consisted of 5 courses and included all the wine and beer for €35 a head. Fred Cadman organised this for the Pajero group and Sandra Perrott for the HWs. So a joint effort. 

       


‘Grand Easter Monday Walk’ a Great Success 

A big thank you to all those who took part in the walk. You will be pleased to know that to date some €5,000 was raised for church funds and another €3,000 by those walking for a variety of local charity organisations. 
Nearly 50 people took part in one of the three different walks; from Latchi to Sea Caves, a distance of 30 Kms; Sea Caves to Agios Georgios and back, a round trip of 12 Kms, or the 7 Kms return route from Sea Caves to Corallia Beach. 
Chairman of the Major Fund Raising Team, Roger Bailey said afterwards “I was delighted at the response both in the number of walkers who turned out and in the fabulous amount raised. The weather provided the ideal conditions for walking and the event was enjoyed by all. 
We hope next year’s event will attract even more participants raising larger sums of money for their charities.
Make a note of the date in your diaries now – Easter Monday 2nd April 2018 


KYRENIA TRIP
27th – 30th April 2017

56 members and guests had a successful trip to Kyrenia in the Northern part of Cyprus.  The weather was kind, even if the Turkish Army caused us some problems again in closing off the area we had planned to walk in. Fortunately this was discovered the day before and we were able to adjust our plans and swop around the planned walks.

Day 1 was the linear and Nature Trail walks in the area of Esentepe, we had 42 walking in the 3 groups. Although the short walkers still had to amend their start point due to last minute road closures, they were not fazed by this and did the linear walk in reverse finishing at the Antiphonitis Church for a refreshing lemon drink and browse around the church   

Day 2. The long walkers started at Five Fingers to walk along the ridge back to Bellapais.  When the minibus was booked to take them on the one-way trip to start their walk the driver was very surprised they did not want a return journey and that they were walking back. The medium and short walkers completed walks around the Bellapais area taking in the views of the Monastery from all angles finishing with a well earned drink in the village. 36 walked plus four of our less able members also did a stroll from the hotel up to the village of Bellapais and back.

Day 3. Our return to Paphos via Yesilirmak (The Strawberry Village) saw 20 members walking around the area before taking lunch across the border in Kato Pyrgos.

Many thanks goes to all those who were involved in one-way or another in making this trip possible. 

NEWSLETTER - SEP 2017

After a quiet summer on the walking side, we now hope to see many of the regular walkers back joining us each week.  July was a particularly quiet month with a low of 77 walkers in total venturing out in the hot weather, humidity was very high during that month and this may have a lot to do with the turnout.  August was also a quiet month with 100 walkers in total. A lot of work goes into organising the 3 walks and tavernas each week, so many thanks go to all those who have been involved during the summer period. For safety reasons the committee feel there should be a minimum of 4 or 5 persons on each walk.

 

HWP Constitution 2.1
Respect for the environment

Will all Leaders/ backmarkers please remove tape or other markings from trees when completing their walk.