Cottonera Lines

This Harrison Lewis group walk was led by Colin whose intimate knowledge of the area made for a fascinating journey.

Grand Master Nicholas Cotoner 1608-1680

We met at the Cospicua bus terminus outside the new main gate into Birgu. We followed the perimeter of the massive defenses erected circa 1669 by Grand Master Nicholas Cotoner .

Cottonera Lines

 

After passing around the fortifications in an anti-clockwise direction as far as we could go, we dropped down to visit the Capuccini Naval Cemetery on the Southern outskirts of Kalkara. We spent some time there and, despite its designation as a “Naval Cemetery”, it contains RAF and Army graves, in addition to those of foreign nationalities.

Fort Ricasoli, South Gate

We walked up to the front gate of Fort Ricasoli and then around Rinella Creek before lunching at the seafront on Kalkara creek and returning through Birgu to our starting point.

Kalkara Creek

Bajda Ridge

This was another enjoyable Harrison Lewis walk led by Carol and Caroline.

We met at Golden Bay and walked up the Western end of the Bajda Ridge (“White Ridge”, though it is not named on current Malta maps). This is the area which makes up the Il-Majjistral Nature Park and has wonderful views out to sea from Ras il-Wahx (“Ogre’s Head”) and Rdum Majesa.

View from Ras il-Wahx

View from Ras il-Wahx

After passing under the old aqueduct in the bottom of the valley on the Manikata to Mellieħa road we passed through some quiet woodlands where we had lunch.  Then back along the Southern flank of the ridge, through Manikata and back to Golden Bay.