Red Tower & Paradise Bay

This was another excellent Harrison Lewis walk led by James.

The Red Tower on a January Morning

We met at the St Agatha’s Tower, more commonly referred to as the Red Tower. This tower is more like a mini-fort, built in the style of the Wignacourt Towers, and was completed by Grand Master Lascaris in 1649. It holds a commanding position on Malta’s most northerly ridge (Marfa Ridge) with 360 degree views over Gozo, Comino and Northern Malta.

Steep ascent soon to be rewarded by lunch stop.

We made our way down the steep Northern slopes of Marfa Ridge and across to the cliffs overlooking Paradise Bay. Then south along the line of the cliffs, stopping for lunch on the way, before ascending to join Triq tad-Dahar (“Back Road”). We turned right to visit the rather alarmingly-named Ras tal-Qammieħ (“Jumper’s Head”) a high clifftop overlooking well-kept undercliff farmland.

The view South from Ras il-Qammieħ

Most of the group returned along Triq tad-Dahar to the red tower but a few hardy souls descended to the farmland and climbed back up to the tower by the pleasantly wooded slopes.

Malta Circumnavigation Day 7: Dingli Cliffs to Baħrija

Having been “stuck at Dingli Cliffs” since September it was a relief to be on the move again. It seems incredible that such a long period of time has passed since the previous leg of this journey. The intervening time has been soaked up in a flurry of social events and the entertaining of a succession of friends and family as house guests. What walking I have done has been in the company of my walking group and these excursions have been recorded, albeit briefly, on the group walks section of this blog.

Looking NW towards Ta' Ħammud

Today the weather was glorious and perfect for walking. It was difficult to believe that it’s January 2nd. Although the day commenced with cloudy, moody skies it soon became bright sunshine and at times I felt almost too hot and in danger of sunburn!

Wied ir-Rum

I’ve been looking forward to this leg of the walk for some time. Today’s route was through some of the remotest and least-travelled parts of Malta. The scenery was spectacular and the photo-journey account is highly recommended. Highlights, among many interesting features, were Miġa Ferħa (the secret cleft in the Cliffs where Count Roger is said to have landed in 1090 to take the island from the Arabs), Mtaħleb chapel and a Roman quarry.


Il-Mina Cliffs near Miġra Ferħa.

I shipped my trekking poles out to Malta in November and had one with me today in case of dog problems. In the event, although several groups of fierce-looking dogs were encountered, their bark was, as usual, worse than their bite and all were negotiated without incident.

Mtaħleb Chapel

For a full account see the captions on the photo-journey.