Volunteers clean Kythnos trails, reopen trail to Kanala

Greek alternative tourism organisation Trace Your Eco (TYE) has cleaned a series of trails on the Greek island of Kythnos including re-opening the route between Kanala and Dryopida via a coastal path, a cleaning source said.

TYE volunteers spent six days on Kythnos in mid-September. Apart from a core team of volunteers from TYE's base in Thessaloniki, several local volunteers helped and advised the effort including local guide Katerina Filippa.

Most of the vegetation on the Kanala route to Panaghia stou Mathia has been cleared, firstly down to the Kalo Livadi beach, and then on the path above Liotrivi to Mathia, from where the paths to Dryopida were already open.

Walkers on holiday run by tour operator Sunvil and guided by Kythnos Hiking completed the route on Saturday and found only small parts near Kalo Livadi needing further attention.

TYE is cooperating with the Dafni regional organisation and the Municipality of Kythnos on the path cleaning. The cleaning follows a conference in Kythnos earlier this year promoting cultural tourism, including hiking on the island.

Dafni is a network of sustainable islands in the Aegean Sea and its 44 members, its website says. Dafni members include 34 islands and the north and south Aegean regional authorities, according to a municipal official.

Other routes cleaned by TYE and other volunteers included from Hora to Loutra and Loutra up to the Kastro Orias along the stream on the route. The path from Hora to the Diassela was also cleaned, improving access to Vryokastro.

The clearing team used pick-axes to dig up roots of spikey bushes along paths, while follow-up people in the squad cleared the uprooted vegetation and raked the paths also to clear unwanted stones.