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