Addenda Guide Part I

Walkers have reported difficulties and extra information about the route.
See also Anita Raftery's blog for usefull information.

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72   1   2 After Memzote there was a long section of path (between WP10 and 11) that was completely overgrown with very sharp brambles and thorny bushes. Given much more time this will be impassible (walkers 2016).
74   1   2 Between Memzote and Peqin the path is fenced. It can be passed but probably you are not welcome.
75   1   2 Just after WP20 in Hasdusk you pass a simple house. Beware of 3 aggressive dogs!
77   1   2 Hotel Maci is a bit more than 1km from the centre of Peqin.
80   2   1 Be careful at the railway track, especially when crossing the bridge! Train schedules may have changed (like more frequent) or trains may be delayed.
82   2   1 a - The person from Broshka mentioned in the book might not be willing to host you (reported twice).
b - The possible camping site in Broshka is now fenced and sheep graze inside. The bakery is closed. The café has a small shop (message from walkers - May 2015).
c - You probably have to stay at the hotel mentioned in the book.
83   2   2 "The path is blocked at WP7 I think by a landslip. We tried to rejoin it at WP8 but it was blocked there too"
(message by walker - March 29, 2015).
98   2   2 Unfortunately we had to turn back after WP7 between Mirakë and Dardhë. The path had slipped away and we could see no alternative further up or down the hill. The ground was sliding away down a deep ravine with every step making it very dangerous (oct.2023).
99   3   2 After WP7: we are advised to issue an extra warning for this passage. Please be very careful or avoid this part as described in the guide.
101   3   2 In Dardhë meals can be had in the bar behind the school next to the Internet point.
If you can't find a house to stay nor want to sleep in the school without sleeping gear, on the main road blow and 500m back is hotel Lokal Dashmash. For a small amount (400 lek) the owner can take you back up.
103   3   3 The family mentioned in the book tries to charge € 20 p.p.
113   4   2 a - Before WP10: it is easier to go through the monastery grounds to keep to the lakeside path.
b - WP10: In Kalishta is a small camping with restaurant “Rino”.
123   5   1 A shorter way to get to St Petka monastery: coming out of Ohrid turn right where the path exits onto the road up to Velosti. It's only 500m from there. One of our favourite overnight places (walkers 2016).
124   5   2 In winter the mountain range may be impassable due to snowfall. Please ask around in Ohrid.
125   5   2 In winter the mountain range (Diavato pass) may be impassable due to snowfall. Please ask around in Resen.
127   5   2 Line5: The 'overgrown' path is still passable. You can loose GPS-satelites in these woods. For navigation it is usefull to have a compass.
128   5   3 Walkers (2016) took a taxi up to Sopotsko, didn't like Capari and walked on to Trnovo, which was doable.
133   5   4 Between WP22 and 23 you may have to wade through a stream.
135   5   4 In Trnovo there is a second hotel, just before that one mentioned, called hotel Sator.
153   6   2 The 'stream' (after WP6) may swell to an impassable river. Alternative crossing: the rail line viaduct to the SE (be careful!).
153   6   2 No place to stay at Neos Kavkasos nor Mesochori (reported twice). Advice to go from the border, Niki, straight to Florina.
162   7   4

"The path by the canal into Edessa is overgrown with brambles in places and it's very difficult to pass beside the weir.
After this the directions say straight on across the car park to the park but the GPS route diverts slightly to the north. It's not important but slightly confusing" (message from walker - April 7, 2015).

Right before Edessa: "The route along the canal does not really work any longer because it is massively overgrown with nasty thorny stuff" (june 2022).

166   8   1

From Edessa - first piece: "the continuation of the route downhill from the old town does not work any more. The path is completely overgrown, so I could not pass. All other paths and routes in that area are blocked and locked with fences. The Hamp factory and the archäelogical site are completely closed currently and one can not pass. I took the route via the waterfall finally" (june 2022).

181   9   1 The hotel Galla seems to be closed for some time. There is a hotel in Chalkinona.
183   9   2 WP16: The end of May the bridge was flooded. Water levels made wading through impossible. A crossing tractor served for us as a ferry (message from walkers - May 2015).