|View over Lake Karla and the village of Kanalia|
Duration: 1.45' (walking time 1.30')
Altitude: from 370 m. (Kapourna) to 430 m. (max) to 125 m. (Kato Kerasia)
Total ascent: 75 m. Total descent: 340 m.
Signed with red paint marks and yellow signs
Drinking water on walk: no
Download GPS track: from Everytrail from Wikiloc
This is an easy walk on the course of the old trail between the two villages. It is recommended for winter, not for summer (unless we start very early), as there is no shade offered by the low vegetation of kermes oaks (quercus coccifera). On the positive side, we can enjoy nice views over lake Karla, Kanalia and Kato Kerasia. It can be combined to the walk Louziniko-Kapourna. If we add the walk Louziniko-Kato Kerasia to these, we can have a 5,5-hour circular walk. Both Kapourna and Kato Kerasia are connected by regular bus lines to Volos (www.ktelvolou.gr). At Kato Kerasia square, the restaurant is open all year round.
We start walking on the asphalt from the square of Kapourna to the direction of Kato Kerasia (to the east). After 200 m., we take the uphill country road to the left, noticing the yellow sign. The beginning of that road is concrete paved, but then it becomes an earth road, incorporating stretches of kalderimi.
|Near Kapourna, the road has stretches of kalderimi|
We reach a signed junction, where the route to Kanalia goes straight ahead. Here we turn right and continue on an earth road for about 700 m. climbing gently northeast. As the road takes a right bend, we notice the walker sign to the left and enter the path, which continues uphill for a little while to the north. Then we begin to descend gently, gradually changing direction to the east. On our right side is the hill of Metochi (475 m.).
|Seeing Kanalia village up front at the distance|
Enjoying nice views of lake Karla and Kanalia village in front of us, we reach a large clearing and cross it, walking on an easterly direction, following the red marks. We ignore goat tracks that set off to the left, leading to other clearings we can see at the distance, and keep following the red marks on an easterly-northeasterly direction. We soon see the village of Kato Kerasia below at a distance.
|View over Kato Kerasia|
Eventually, the path opens out to a seemingly deserted grove and we now walk on a downhill earth road. Later on, we cross a stream and another road joins in from the right. Then we join the asphalt at the point where it takes a sharp downhill right bend above Kato Kerasia. At the electricity pole on the left we find the final path section amongst kermes oaks, and lower down come to a road parallel to the stream of Kerasia.
This takes us to the main church, next to the asphalt road bridge. The village square is slightly above the church, on the right side of the asphalt road, above the parking lot.
|Closing down to Kato Kerasia|