While planning the latest trip to Athos I decided to walk from Mylopotamos to Dionysiou. With the help of our readers I made a plan to take the unknown and exiting path leading from the Antithonas top towards Ag. Onoufriou and then to Dionysiou.
Detail from the Zwerger map: on the left of the Aeropotamos the path to Plakara/Onoufriou and “J” is the junction of 4 roads.
Soon after passing the Antitonas at 850 meters we arrived at the crossing of 4 roads, of which one leads towards Agiou Pavlou (the one going to the right). To my surprice we found a sign on a tree at that place, showing us the way to Dionysiou.
The junction of roads near Antithonas: the main road on the left leads to Pavlou – 28/9/09
We took the right turn, still hoping to find the left path. As you can see on this relatively recent photo from Google maps there is a new dirt road, lower and parallel to the road to Ag. Pavlou. Because we found another newly made sign at point “O” we decided to walk on.
The newly made sign at point “O”, with the higher parallel road to Ag. Pavlou on the left behind Winfried with the walking stick.
A picture of the Aeropotamos and the road to Ag. Pavlou, soon after we saw Dionysiou lying below:
This is the cell of Onoufriou which we did not see.
We took a wonderfull path leading to Dionysiou, not dangerous at all, but with a lot of lose stones and a some buches in the way.
As a reward of our 8 hour walking trip (which was a bit to long!) we saw this beautifull sight:
Wim Voogd, 29/9/09