Stand clear of the… speed­ing train

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Your View - John Rice, Email

My wife and I re­cently en­joyed an ex­tra­or­di­nary walk on part of the E4 foot­path in Greece, which runs from Kalavrita in the moun­tains to Di­akopto on the coast along the line of the rack and pin­ion nar­row gauge rail­way con­nect­ing the two towns. The scenery is spec­tac­u­lar – and you share the route with the trains pass­ing through at least 16 tun­nels and over high bridges. A torch is use­ful! The train driv­ers do look out for walk­ers and sound their horns as the rail­way line winds its way down the gorge.

The walk was chal­leng­ing as in many places there is no ob­vi­ous foot­path and you walk on the bal­last or on the sleep­ers and on thin steel ‘planks’ across the bridges. But it was a ma­jor high­light of our trip. We caught the last train back up to Kalavrita where we were stay­ing. We thor­oughly rec­om­mend this walk, though Net­work Rail may not ap­prove!

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