Tempo em movimento  uma hora 23 minutos

Horas  uma hora 52 minutos

Coordenadas 660

Uploaded 5 de Dezembro de 2019

Recorded Dezembro 2019

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277 m
8 m
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0,9
1,8
3,68 km

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próximo a Éxo Moulianá, Crete (Greece)

The trail is well marked but it can easily be lost, so keep to the red and yellow trail marks.
The pathway covers muddy areas, rocky boulders, low tree branches and large tree roots. Several step ways including a tall wooden one which is in need of repair. missing a few handrails and step planks.
The hiking trail is about 4 km in length of moderate (spring/summer/autumn) to hard (winter) difficulty. Especially after a rainfall, the beginning of the descent is very muddy and treacherous. Waterproof shoes or sandals are strongly recommended, as the stream leading to the waterfall has to be crossed numerous times, often inevitably through the water. Rich vegetation (mainly platanus trees, wild berries and local flowers and herbs) and animal life (mainly local species of butterflies, small reptiles, birds and small mammals) can be observed along the way, as well as old stone bridges and water mills before it culminates with the Richtis Waterfall and beach, making Richtis gorge trail one of the most diversified hiking experiences in Crete
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Start

Parked the cars here. Walk starts under the Lachana stone bridge which has a board describing the walk. The path under the bridge along a stony car pathway running into a grassy area following the stream with walls and fencing
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Wooded pathway

Along this area as it is an easy to follow trail, no signposts are displayed
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Criss cross the stream (depending on the rainfall / time of season )

Ruínas

Plunge Mill

One of three that you pass. As the water flow was not enough to drive a mill. The locals created a channel to take some of the water into a pond or a dam several metre's higher than the mill. Then sluice gates were opened that flowed through the mills wheel which drove the grinding stone and emptied back into the stream If you look above the ruins windows you can just make out the wall of the dam
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Walking through the dam of a plunge mill.

The wall shows the perimeter of the dam, to the left of it through the undergrowth you will find the hole where the water ran down into the below mill
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The mill ruins below the dam

Ruínas

Mill Ruins

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Crossing stream

One of many crossing where boulders and trees have to be negotiated
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Small logs to walk across stream

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One of many boulder formations to climb over

Make sure that the red/yellow signs are by the pathway otherwise you may stray off the pathway
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View

View of the gorge that you are in
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Continue through thick undergrowth, the pathway is visible

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Yet more stream crossings

There are many crossings on this hike
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Pathway goes up at this point and around and back to the stream

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Another crossing

There are so many crossing to go up, around and through that I did not record them all
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Up over more boulders

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First of several staircases

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Down boulders and acroos the stream again

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Keep to the left along the rockface between the trees

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Another small stairway

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More stairs

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Up along the pathway with wooden fencing

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Wooden stairway

Down a long winding wooden stairway. Some of the railings and foot steps are broken or missing so care and attention is required. At the foot turn right under the foliage and it opens out into the waterfall area with a wooden seating and bench
Queda de água

The famous Richtis falls

Small area of the falls. The water although small in area is deep enough to submerge if your brave enough to cope with the chilly water. Good place to lunch and rest up a bit.
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View

Another view of the falls
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Back out to the foot of the stairway but go right and continue on the trail

Back to the trail
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Another stairway

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The pathway opens up and is much easier no undergrowth or trees

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Signs evident throughout walk on stones, trees and small plaques

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Near end of walk

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view of pathway

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End of walk

Continue on after this building and onto beach. Area under trees with many stone seating places and a walled tap for filling up of fresh water. Shingle beach, good swimming area (although I personally don't enjoy shingle beaches)
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Eating Area.

End of walk as recorded. However we returned back along the same route to our parked cars, so walk does not show as a loop.

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