बस से पहले हम इस साल हमारी यात्रा पर बंद सेट, मैंने ध्यान दिया एक तस्वीर on facebook, posted by a “page” I follow called VisitIerapetra. It was a photo of a beautiful looking fresh-water gorge, apparently very near to Ierapetra in South-East Crete. Having visited Ierapetra over 20 times and having friends who live there, I thought I’d probably seen all of the local highlights, but I’d never heard of this gorge. A bit of research on google indicated that the gorge wasn’t particularly well known, at least to English speakers. I gathered together what information I could and made a vow to find the place.
After several days getting settled back in Crete we set off to find the gorge. I had a suspicion that I knew where the trek started as a couple of years previously we’d discovered a river a short distance from Ierapetra, and with fresh water being fairly rare in August in South-East Crete it seemed the logical place to start. Luckily it turned out to be the right place. The gorge called Sarakina Gorge, but is also known as Myrtos Canyon and to locals as Sarantapihos. On google maps the river is labelled as “Myrtos Potamos” (अर्थात. Myrtos River) although it is more correctly called Kriopotamos.
कुछ सलाह इससे पहले कि आप बंद सेट
You will need footwear that you would consider suitable for a “scramble”; I wouldn’t recommend flip-flops for example! समान रूप से, आप पानी में अपने पैरों को मिलने की संभावना है, so expensive shoes or trainers might not be the most sensible option either. I wore some “flossy shoes” which are effectively plimsolls.
There are a few parts which would be a considerable challenge to anyone with a serious fear of heights, young children, anyone with a physical disability, or anyone elderly. I would suggest the route is probably doable for any healthy individual aged 8 तक 70, but I’d exercise considered judgement at both ends of that scale.
इतना, before I go any further I’ll give some clear directions (रास्ते से) to the bottom of the gorge, as I haven’t been able to find any in English anywhere else. कण्ठ बस पर है 4 miles from the village of Myrtos. From Ierapetra drive West along the South coast on the main road (called “Ierapetra-Arkalochoriou” on TomTom, and called “Epar.Od. Pachias Amou — Gdochia” on Google Maps). Pass through Gra Ligia and Stomio and continue towards the village of Myrtos (located 8½ miles West of Ierapetra). Just as you enter Myrtos you cross a riverbed on a bridge. This is the riverbed that the water would flow down, but it doesn’t reach the coast as it is collected upstream, presumably for agricultural usage. Whilst it would be possible to walk up the riverbed (or the road alongside it) this would be several miles in the hot sun, so I’d recommend staying in the car for now.
Follow the main road past Myrtos which curves away to the North (दांई ओर), back up into the mountains. 0.85 miles after crossing the riverbed by Myrtos you will see signs for a right turn towards the village of Mythi. There is also a sign in Greek and English pointing to the gorge. Follow this road, और बाद में 1.6 miles you will pass through the village of Mythi. Continue along the road, which will still have signposts to the gorge. Mythi के बाद सड़क फिर से ड्रॉप करने के लिए शुरू होता है. After another 0.65 miles the road appears to be crossing the riverbed again and starting to wind back up. यहाँ, बाईं तरफ, is a gravel parking area and some concrete structures. You should also be able to hear running water. बजरी क्षेत्र पर पार्क. Congratulations, आप शुरू में आ चुके हैं!
एक मैं भी कर दिया है गूगल नक्शा to help intrepid explorers
कण्ठ पांव मार
एक बार जब आप खड़ी गए (and had a look at the concrete construction that “disappears” the river itself into a hole) आप कण्ठ के ऊपर बंद सेट कर सकते हैं. वहाँ पेड़ उन पर फांसी के साथ कार पार्क की बाएं हाथ की ओर कुछ कदम उठाए हैं. इन चढ़ना और शीर्ष पर (केवल वहाँ रहे हैं 30 या ऐसा कदम) पथ सही बदल जाता है, parallel to the river. You can follow this for a couple of hundred metres. After this the scrambling begins.
I suspect it is possible to walk the gorge without getting one’s feet wet (कम से कम अगस्त में), but to do so would be quite a challenge. With the temperature in the 30’s and appropriate footwear we opted to walk in the water in some places. वहाँ भी कुछ स्थानों पर जहां एक बड़े बोल्डर हैं (3–4m high) must be scaled – in these places considerable hand and foot holds have been cut well into the rock.
The route isn’t always obvious (although in a 10m wide canyon there isn’t much searching to be done) but there are faint yellow arrows painted in quite a few locations, और चट्टानों कि मार्ग का हिस्सा हैं पर लाल वर्गों चित्रित. इन का प्रयोग (and the obvious carved foot holds) makes finding the best route relatively straight forward.
चारों ओर 500 मीटर के बाद (मेरी ओर से एक बहुत मोटा अनुमान) you reach the only decent depth part of the river in this part of the gorge – a pool which is around 7m wide by 8m long and 2m deep at its deepest point. यह एक डुबकी के लिए जाने के लिए अगर आप ऐसा करने की इच्छा सबसे अच्छी जगह है. भी, यहां के बाद वहाँ मुश्किल भागों जो मदद करने के लिए एक रस्सी है के एक जोड़े हैं. If you have any less confident members in your group this would be a good place to stop before heading back. If you’re confident enough on the rope there is only a couple of hundred metres to go before you emerge from the gorge into a more gentle valley where the river is slower and there are lots of trees and plants. इस रूप में दूर के रूप में हम चला गया है.
I understand that we walked the “first” of 3 parts of the gorge. The second part is the gentle valley area with the tree and plants (especially bamboo). After this there is apparently a third part of the gorge which has much deeper water, where swimming might be required.
अगस्त मैं 2014 I returned to Sarakina gorge with 4 दोस्तों. इस साल वहाँ कण्ठ में सब पर लगभग पानी नहीं था, भले ही हम में के रूप में लगभग एक ही तिथि पर चला गया 2013. We all climbed up the rope at the end of the first section and explored further. The second section is very easy as it is just a gentle stroll along a wide flat riverbed with part of the walk along a dirt road. इस के अंत में वहाँ एक कांटा जहां है 2 नदियों में शामिल होने के. हम एक कांटा के आसपास 200 मीटर का पता लगाया. The western (बायां हाथ) fork quickly becomes very difficult to follow whilst the eastern (दायाँ हाथ) fork continues to be wide and gentle. It is possible to walk back along the dirt road up to a paved road, और वहां से वापस कण्ठ की शुरुआत करने के लिए पक्की सड़क के साथ. We did not explore any further, but having done some more research I am hoping to explore the eastern fork much further in 2015.
में 2014 I again walked in plimsolls. My better half wore her beach shoes, and another member of our party did the full walk in his flip-flops. जब पानी का स्तर कम है (अर्थात. in summer) these kinds of footwear are suitable, although proper sandals would be the ideal. Other reviews I have read insist on proper walking shoes being the answer but I assume these must be referring to much earlier in the year when there is a lot more water and it is necessary to take a more challenging route along the sides of the canyon.
अपना खुद का कुछ विचारों को समझे? खुद टिप्पणी से नीचे लिप्त! आप सदस्यता के लिए चाहते हैं, तो ऊपर दाईं ओर मेनू पर लिंक का उपयोग करें सदस्यता लें. आप नीचे दिए गए सामाजिक लिंक का उपयोग करके अपने दोस्तों के साथ इस साझा कर सकते हैं. चियर्स.