1185 – the hike from Grigoriou to Simonospetras (day 3 – 23)

Grigoriou Simonospetras
(from Google Earth)

As you can see a thin grey line leads from Grigoriou upwards: this is a gravelroad, not drawn yet on the latest Zwerger-map (see below). Even on the Road Map Edition 2007 this road is missing.

But that did not mean the old footpath was totally lost, as happened on the other side of the Mountain, when the road van Karyes to Lavra was finshed. I was lucky to walk this magnificent path in 1980, when I visited the Holy Mountain for the first time. Sadly there are no traces of the path left ….

IMG_3587 junction path to Simonospetras
Sign that showes the old path to Simonospetras

 IMG_3588 Arsanas Simonospetras
Down below: Arsanas Simonospetras. Note the small hut on the right.

IMG_3589 path to Simonospetras dry well
A dry well somewhere along the old path.

IMG_3590 small hut path to Simonospetras
The small hut with rubber boat and mixer to make concrete. At this place the small brook ‘Chrendeli’ flows into the sea.

IMG_3591 kellion near Ars Simonospetras
A large kellion along the valley of the brook. Here the path goes up again and a steep climb follows.

IMG_3593 bench path to Simonospetras
The writer of this blog rests on a primitive bench (photo self timer)

IMG_3594 well at junction above Arsanas SP
The well just above the arsanas of Simonospetras, with pilgrim Peter arriving. This spot is good example that the Zwerger-map is still the best there is for hikers, because the junction between the paths leading to both monasteries and the arsanas, is clearly shown on his 2004 map. The Road map just gives rough idea of how the paths lead.

IMG_3595 from the well near arsanas SP

The Agia Anna boat sailing to Dafni, seen from the well above Arsanas Simonospetras

IMG_3598 Simonospetras and gardens

And than, this overwhelming view of the monastery Simonospetras, on the ‘rock of Simon’.

IMG_3597 SP with door
A wooden door leading to the gardens of Simonospetras

IMG_3600 Gardens SP
The gardens of Simonospetras

Wim Voogd, 10/2/11

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7 Responses to 1185 – the hike from Grigoriou to Simonospetras (day 3 – 23)

  1. Andrew Buchanan says:

    Thanks very much for pointing out Sotiris’ site – he’s done excellent work.

    Are you aware of the Friends of Mount Athos footpaths project? Paths content of their website is currently being updated, but in the meantime here’s the link to the present version


  2. herman voogd (hv) says:

    How long will it take to walk from Pantokrator to Gregoriou?
    Very nice al those trails! Thanks Sotiris!

  3. Fremaki says:

    Pantokrator => Karyes = 1h30′
    Karyes => Iron Cross besides big tree on the spineroad = 30′
    Iron Cross => Simonopetra = 3h30′
    Simonopetra => Agiou Grigoriou = 30′
    Total = 6 hours

  4. Wim says:

    Guys, Sotiris already gave you the answer, 5,5 to 6 hours see here: http://vision.iti.gr/sotiris/routes/route.php?uid=1ac62a13 under ??????/Chronos = time (also thanks to Fremaki).

  5. Sotiris says:

    Hi all,

    Thanks for your good words.
    Just a notice. Walking durations are off-course always relative to the hikers abilities and load. The figures I mention are those that could be achieved by a relatively fit hiker (able to climb 400m per hour vertically and 5km per hour horizontally). So, allow plus-minus one-hour to those figures.

  6. Andrew Buchanan says:

    In case anyone’s interested, the Beylithou [ridge path] is now clear from Esphigmenou all the way via Hera to the main Karyes- Vatopedi road. Then it’s possible to walk down from this road to join the Karyes-Vatopedi footpath.

    Links from the Beylithou down to Zographou, Hilandar, Konstamonitou and Vatopedi all currently in good condition.

  7. Car dvd gps says:

    Generally not all signal from the satellite gets through to your GPS, the signal scattering is usually from vegetation, sometimes from terrain, buildings, or other objects between you and GPS satellite.

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