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JANUARY - MAY 2020 Walks



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25th January 2020 (Saturday) -  Delimara
o Circular Walk   :  No Transport Provided
o Meeting Point : Car park, close to Hunters Tower Restaurant - Marsaxlokk, near the playing field.
o Meeting Time :  2.15pm
o Walk Starts     :  2.30pm
o Buses               :  81 from Valletta,  119 from Airport,  206 from Mater Dei.
Stop on Bus Stop MARSAXLOKK – near Marsaxlokk Parish Church.

We park in the car park, close to Hunters Tower Restaurant – Marsaxlokk, near the playing field.
We walk away from the village, up a narrow track to the top of the hill, where we turn right onto the Delimara road.  We pass the fort, (dated 1881) and the lighthouse and follow the low cliffs to the foreshore towards Delimara Point.  Turning north, we follow the east coast of the peninsula passing salt pans and many bays until we reach “Il-Hofra z-Zghira”.  We leave the coast and climb to the top of the ridge, where we turn left along the tarmac road that takes us back to where we left our cars.


5th February 2020 (Wednesday) -  Armier – White Tower
o Circular Walk  :  No Transport Provided
o Meeting Point : Close to Bus Stop Il-Mellieha - Xmajjar.
o Meeting Time :  2.15pm
o Walk Starts     :  2.30pm
o Buses:              :  37 from Valletta goes to Armier.  Stop on bus stop XMAJJAR

To get to the starting point of our walk, pass the turning to the Mellieha Bay Hotel and at the top of the hill turn right.  Park at the turning to Armier.  We walk down the long straight road towards Armier where we follow the coast in the direction of the White Tower passing the pretty bays of Armier and Little Armier.  We pass the recently developed campsite and make our way onto the headland where we see a small chapel and on the cliff edge a statue of the Madonna.  Next to the statue is a tablet to the memory of a young man who fell over the cliff edge in July 2000.  Here we can enjoy the wide panoramic view of Gozo and Comino to the left and St Paul’s Island with its statue straight ahead.  We follow a path along the cliff edge until we reach a red and white post where we turn inland and make our way back to our cars.

8th February 2020 (Saturday) - Manikata – Popeye Village – Nature Reserve
o Transport provided
o Meeting Point  : Independence Monument in Floriana
o Meeting Time  : 1.30pm
o Coach Leaves   : 2.00pm sharp

The coach will take us to the car park in front of Manikata church.  We start the walk on the tarmac road towards Mellieha but upon reaching the aquaduct, we turn left and follow unmade tracks and paths to the cliffs on the west coast.  We walk below Ghajn Snuber Tower, continue along the ridge and down towards Anchor Bay and Popeye's Village.  Here we turn inland along the road to Mellieha Bay but soon follow footpaths that take us to the Ghadira Nature Reserve and the bus terminus, where our coach will be waiting for us.

29th February 2020 (Saturday) – Inspire - Marsascala
o Circular Walk  :  No Transport Provided
o Meeting Point : We park our cars opposite the Inspire (ex. Razzett tal-Hbiberija).
o Meeting Time :  2.15pm
o Walk Starts     :  2.30pm
o Bus(es)            :  92, 93 from Valletta  124 from Cospicua  204 from Mater Dei.

We park our cars opposite the Inspire Complex (ex. Razzett tal-Hbiberija).
We walk behind the Inspire building and meander on a complicated route amongst fields in the direction of the Chapel of Tas-Silg in Marsaxlokk.  We proceed to the road going from Delimara towards St Thomas Bay with nice sea views on our right.  We walk past the small Chapel of St. Paul overlooking Island Bay and Xrobb l-Ghagin Nature Park (ex. Deutshe Welle radio station).
Down the rough track to the beach and onwards to the Marsascala sea front, where we turn left onto the by-pass and back to Inspire.


4th March 2020 (Wednesday) –  Bidnija Bridge (North)
o Circular Walk  :  No Transport Provided
o Meeting Point :  We turn off the Mosta-Burmarrad road onto the Bidnija road and park our cars at the bottom of the Valley.
o Meeting Time :  2.15pm
o Walk Starts     :  2.30pm
o Buses               :  103 from Mosta centre and stop on bus stop XEMX.

We turn off the Mosta-Burmarrad road onto the Bidnija road and park our cars at the bottom of the valley.  We walk downstream along the Ghajn Rihana valley and just before reaching the Mosta to Burrmarad road we turn left and go upstream along the Wied l-Arkata valley.  At Bidnija Church we follow the road towards Zebbiegh for quite some time and turn left downhill towards San Andrea School. Upon reaching the valley floor, we turn northwards and walk upstream along the Ghajn Rihana valley all the way back to our cars.


14th March 2020 (Saturday) – Bahrija – Migrah il-Ferha
o Transport provided
o Meeting Point  : Independence Monument in Floriana
o Meeting Time  : 1.30pm
o Coach Leaves   : 2.00pm sharp

The coach will take us to Bahrija square surrounded by restaurants and bars.  From the square we walk in the direction of the sea that can be seen on the horizon.  After a while we walk down into the lovely Bahrija valley and cross the narrow stream where the Maltese fresh water crab lives.  We climb the other side of the valley and go over the top.  From here we can start to enjoy the lovely sea views which stay with us all the way to Migra Ferha where we find our coach.

28th March 2020 (Wednesday) -  Armier – White Tower
o Circular Walk  :  No Transport Provided
o Meeting Point : Close to Bus Stop Il-Mellieha - Xmajjar.
o Meeting Time :  2.15pm
o Walk Starts     :  2.30pm
o Buses:              :  37 from Valletta goes to Armier.  Stop on bus stop XMAJJAR

To get to the starting point of our walk, pass the turning to the Mellieha Bay Hotel and at the top of the hill turn right.  Park at the turning to Armier.  We walk down the long straight road towards Armier where we follow the coast in the direction of the White Tower passing the pretty bays of Armier and Little Armier.  We pass the recently developed campsite and make our way onto the headland where we see a small chapel and on the cliff edge a statue of the Madonna.  Next to the statue is a tablet to the memory of a young man who fell over the cliff edge in July 2000.  Here we can enjoy the wide panoramic view of Gozo and Comino to the left and St Paul’s Island with its statue straight ahead.  We follow a path along the cliff edge until we reach a red and white post where we turn inland and make our way back to our cars.

1st April 2020 (Wednesday) –  Ghar Lapsi – In-Niffied
o Circular Walk  :  No Transport Provided
o Meeting Point : We park our cars in the Ghar lapsi car park.
o Meeting Time :  2.15pm
o Walk Starts     :  2.30pm
o Buses:              :  71 from Valletta and 109 from Rabat goes to Ghar Lapsi.

NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN AND PERSONS AFRAID OF HEIGHTS - paths on this walk are close to the cliff edge.
We park our cars in the Ghar Lapsi car park.  From the car park we walk in an easterly direction towards the Tower on the horizon.  We soon have no choice but to follow a footpath that goes very close to the edge - great care is required here.  We proceed along the various paths at a leisurely pace, stopping at each inlet to admire the stunning scenery.  The "polished" cliff faces that we see along the way are part of the Maghlaq fault which resulted from the 'down throw' of this section of coastline that turned Filfla into an island.   All 5 layers of Maltese stone (upper coralline, greensand, clay, globigerina and lower coralline) were formed on the sea bed when the island of Malta did not exist, but during our walk we see 'red rocks' which were formed after the island came to the surface 8 million years ago.  It is in this layer type of red rock that one finds deposits of elephants, rhino, deer etc.  Eventually we arrive at the tip of the peninsula directly below Hamrija Tower where we have our break while enjoying lovely views of Filfla, the majestic Maghlaq fault and the picturesque window near In-Niffied cave.  As the climb up the cliff face is difficult, we turn back and retrace our steps back to Ghar Lapsi and our cars.

11th April 2020 (Saturday) –  Laferla Cross and Wied Hesri
o Transport provided
o Meeting Point  : Independence Monument in Floriana
o Meeting Time  : 1.30pm
o Coach Leaves   : 2.00pm sharp

The coach will take us to the Fawwara turn on the Mqabba to Rabat road.  From the start we walk in a south-westerly direction all the way to the Laferla Cross - the road to the top is good but steep!  This is one of the highest points in Malta and the panoramic views are fantastic.  Below the Cross there is an ancient troglodytic church cut into the cliff face.  After a short break we walk down the wooden steps and the steep pilgrim's path.  At the Siggiewi-Rabat road we turn right and soon go down into Wied Hesri where a good level track gives us about 45 minutes of peaceful country walking.  Eventually we come out just below the Peridot Hall of the outskirts of Zebbug where the coach will be waiting for us.

25th April 2020 (Saturday) –  Bidnija Bridge (North)
o Circular Walk  :  No Transport Provided
o Meeting Point :  We turn off the Mosta-Burmarrad road onto the Bidnija road and park our cars at the bottom of the Valley.
o Meeting Time :  2.15pm
o Walk Starts     :  2.30pm
o Buses               :  103 from Mosta centre and stop on bus stop XEMX.

We turn off the Mosta-Burmarrad road onto the Bidnija road and park our cars at the bottom of the valley.  We walk downstream along the Ghajn Rihana valley and just before reaching the Mosta to Burrmarad road we turn left and go upstream along the Wied l-Arkata valley.  At Bidnija Church we follow the road towards Zebbiegh for quite some time and turn left downhill towards San Andrea School. Upon reaching the valley floor, we turn northwards and walk upstream along the Ghajn Rihana valley all the way back to our cars.

6th May 2020 (Wednesday) –  Bingemma Gap
o Circular Walk  :  No Transport Provided
o Meeting Point :  We park outside the Chapel of our Lady of Ittria, at Bingemma Gap.
o Meeting Time :  2.15pm
o Walk Starts     :  2.30pm
o Buses                : 109 from Rabat.  Closest Bus stop SANTI,  but still far to the chapel, (about 30 minutes walk, uphill) .  A lift is needed.

We park outside the Chapel of our Lady of Ittria, built in 1680, at Bingemma Gap.  We walk uphill and take a right turn that takes us to the Ghemieri Palace (Villa Gomerino) which is painted red.  We admire this rather unique collection of dwellings and proceed uphill past some large greenhouses and take a track to the top of Tas-Santi valley, where we aim for the Victoria Lines on our right.  We pass Bingemma Fort and walk first on top of the Victoria Lines and then below admiring the views of Mgarr, Zebbiegh and across to Comino and Gozo.  When we reach the surfaced road we turn uphill back to the chapel where we left our cars.

16th May 2020 (Wednesday) –  Ghar Lapsi – In-Niffied
o Circular Walk  :  No Transport Provided
o Meeting Point : We park our cars in the Ghar lapsi car park.
o Meeting Time :  2.15pm
o Walk Starts     :  2.30pm
o Buses:              :  71 from Valletta and 109 from Rabat goes to Ghar Lapsi.

NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN AND PERSONS AFRAID OF HEIGHTS - paths on this walk are close to the cliff edge.
We park our cars in the Ghar Lapsi car park.  From the car park we walk in an easterly direction towards the Tower on the horizon.
We soon have no choice but to follow a footpath that goes very close to the edge - great care is required here.  We proceed along the various paths at a leisurely pace, stopping at each inlet to admire the stunning scenery.  The "polished" cliff faces that we see along the way are part of the Maghlaq fault which resulted from the 'down throw' of this section of coastline that turned Filfla into an island.   All 5 layers of Maltese stone (upper coralline, greensand, clay, globigerina and lower coralline) were formed on the sea bed when the island of Malta did not exist, but during our walk we see 'red rocks' which were formed after the island came to the surface 8 million years ago. It is in this layer type of red rock that one finds deposits of elephants, rhino, deer etc.  Eventually we arrive at the tip of the peninsula directly below Hamrija Tower where we have our break while enjoying lovely views of Filfla, the majestic Maghlaq fault and the picturesque window near In-Niffied cave.
As the climb up the cliff face is difficult, we turn back and retrace our steps back to Ghar Lapsi and our cars.






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