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Waterfalls in Dimosari of Lefkada

A walk of 7,450m, lasting 2 hours and 20 minutes and graded 3,5 for difficulty. It starts in the village square at Englouvi, taking us across the Agios Donatos plateau (home to the church of that name), and then past threshing floors, wells, windmills and voltoi (vaulted stone rustic buildings), before bringing us to the Chapel of Profitis Ilias and then along a dirt path back to Englouvi.

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C J T  Walk Description
00:00 We leave our cars in the parking place at the Nydri playing fields (GPS: N38 43 015, E20 41 707, H=30m) Access map. Waterfalls walk (Starting point) and set off uphill, along the asphalt road, towards the waterfalls.
00:04 We ascend alongside the river, with Mt. Fayias rising before us. We proceed uphill along the asphalt road, with the river on our right; to our left are steep rocks, towering out over the road, their bases hollowed out into caves where animals were once kept. We continue until a little farther on we come to a cement road and a sign: Waterfalls – 400m. As we ascend we cross a little
00:12 bridge and come to a private canteen where we can rest for a moment. To our
00:14 left there is a little path which leads, 30m farther down, to a small waterfall. This is a marvelous spot to pause and enjoy the beauties of nature. We can also see from here the two cisterns that supply the district with water. We now return to the cement road and, once we have passed the canteen, the road becomes a dirt track (GPS: N38 43 387, E20 41 330, H=70m). We walk up the track with the river on our right. Thanks to its waters the area is
00:16 full of plane trees and dense vegetation. We come to some steps, first up and
00:18 then down, and a little farther on we come to waterfalls on our right. After pausing to enjoy the cool water tumbling down the rock, we carry on till we come to a little stone bridge, followed by some steps, which we ascend and continue until our passage is blocked by a rock. We stay on the path, admiring
00:21 the steep rocks towering above us. A little farther on we come to a small waterfall whose waters tumble into a broad pool, deep enough to enjoy a cooling bathe in. Carrying on to the right of this pool, by the right side of the gorge, taking care because the path is slippery, we see above us a vertical and striking rock, creating the sense of being in a cave.
00:25 We continue until we come to the highest point, where the largest waterfall is falling from a height of about 15 metres. It is a truly magical landscape, with steep rocks, small waterfalls and the whole area covered in dense vegetation. After pausing to enjoy the view, we prepare to return to the water tanks, and
00:37 as soon as we reach them we take the road towards the Sfaedes spring. We follow an old country path, its entrance situated among the tanks, and this continues towards the right-hand tank, although its course appears to be obstructed owing to the work involved in its construction. At this point the route of the path isn’t very clear and the ascent is quite steep, but after a while
00:42 we turn left onto an old country path that is broader and clearer. We continue ascending, alongside a tributary to the main river, and can see the stone wall which confines it. We follow the path into a sparsely treed wood, walking among small cypress trees and listening to the gurgling waters
00:55 of the river parallel to the path. At the next intersection we turn right, leaving the path and taking a country road that will lead us to the Sfaedes spring. This location is known as Limovrohia and as we proceed we come across the remains of a crop-spraying aircraft. We continue along the country road, now less steep than before, and then turn right onto a dirt track
01:00 After 30 metres we come to another intersection and turn left for the springs, heading uphill through olive and orange trees. A little farther on we come to a fork, the path on the left leading to a derelict house with a watermill, that on the right continuing to the springs. We turn left, coming to the watermill after 50 metres, and then return by the same path to continue our walk.
01:02 After a while we leave the country road, between two fig tees, and take the path straight ahead, with a rock in front of us. We come back to the country road, turning to the right, admiring an impressive plane tree; its trunk has a diameter of 2.5 to 3 metres, with a huge hollow in it, like a cave. We have now reached the Sfaedes caves (GPS: N38 43 355, E20 40 963, H=235m), where water emerges from the rocks, but cannot be seen because the water system takes it directly to the tanks that supply the local community. At the springs
01:13 there is a junction, the right hand path leading to the Chapel of Agios Nikolaos, the left, which we take, carrying on to the country road. As we
01:17 proceed we come to a small ravine, or vritsouli in the local dialect, and a little farther on is the area known as Pouria. As we walk along the gravel-surfaced, country road we come to an intersection. We continue to the right along the gravel road, while in front of us we see the prefectural road that links the villages of Nydri, Vafkeri, Platystomo and Karya. We take this road, turning to the left to return to our starting point (GPS: N38 43 168, E20 41 086, H=265m). To our left we see vineyards and olive groves, while we can also enjoy a view of the Akarnanian mountains and
01:24 Meganisi; a little farther down we can also see Skorpios. We carry on to the area of Ai Vasilis, where we again enjoy a view of Nydri, Skorpios, Madouri, Meganisi and Skorpidi. As a short cut we
01:50 can turn off the provincial road at the Margariti neighborhood, turning left onto an old path (GPS: N38 42 852, E20 41 548, H=75m) (photo 3). As soon as we make the turn we come across an Indian fig tree. The path is bordered by dense vegetation, mainly Indian fig and sage, which have a lovely fragrance but can cause allergies. This is not an easy stretch to walk through.
02:05 Although this last section is not easy, the walker will soon be back at his original parking place. Access map. Englouvi - Agios Donatos - Profitis Ilias - Englouvi walk (Finishing point)

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