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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
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
Along this area as it is an easy to follow trail, no signposts are displayed
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
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
One of many crossing where boulders and trees have to be negotiated
Make sure that the red/yellow signs are by the pathway otherwise you may stray off the pathway
View of the gorge that you are in
There are many crossings on this hike
There are so many crossing to go up, around and through that I did not record them all
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
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.
Another view of the falls
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)
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.