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Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark Diakopto-Kalavryta Railway, 120 Years of Beauty and History

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Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark

Diakopto-Kalavryta Railway, 120 Years of Beauty and History

The gorge of Vouraikos River is one of the Geosites of the Chelmos - Vouraikos Global Geopark. The trail along the Vouraikos gorge is exceptionally beautiful, which makes this journey unique. The lithological composition of the Vouraikos gorge rocks, along with the continuing action of water, forming waterfalls, caves with stalactites andstalagmites, thus creates a striking landscape for the visitor. The natural beauty of the canyon can even be admired by walking next to the toothed lines, following the international E4path. In a journey where nature and history are intertwined, the rack railway train chugs along a dramatic 0.75-meter narrow ledge that overlooks waterfalls that rush below. The jagged tracks switch to and from beneath canopies of plane trees that gently brush by as the two carriages move through the towering cliffs, on their way towards the narrowest point of the journey as they squeeze through a tunnel known as the “Doors”.

For the last 120 years, the 22.5km journey has been inextricably linked to the 20km-long Vouraikos River at the Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark. Its anniversary will be celebrated from May 7 through to June 5 within the framework of European Geoparks Week. A lot of events will take place in the territory of the Geopark, in order to celebrate the 120 years of the rack railway train Diakopto-Kalavryta.

Stay informed at www.fdchelmos.gr

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Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark 36th annual crossing of Vouraikos Gorge

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Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark

36th annual crossing of Vouraikos Gorge

 

Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark will co-organize the annual Crossing of Vouraikos Gorge, alongside with the “Kalavryta Mountaineering Association”.

This well-know and highly touristic local event is taking place every year on the second Sunday of May, in one of the most beautiful places of the Peloponnese. The hikers, depart from Kalavryta rack-railway station on mount Chelmos and after an approximately 7-hour hike through Vouraikos gorge, they reach Diakofto rack-railway station at sea level. The route lies along Vouraikos river and passes through scenic traditional villages where the hikers have the opportunity to taste and purchase local products such as honey, cheese etc. The event is a great success since it is estimated that more than 2,000 people participate every year.

Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark supports and promotes the ecotouristic development of the area and several actions in order to better communicate the Geoparks’ principles in the local community.

Stay informed at www.fdchelmos.gr.

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Our Geopark’s revalidation

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The Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos, in order to further contribute towards the promotion of alternative tourism, environmental education and the sustainable management of the environment in the protected area of Chelmos-Vouraikos, on October of 2009, joined the European and Global Geoparks’ networks under the auspices of UNISCO. The membership of of each Geopark is evaluated every four years. Membership of the Network European Geoparks lasts four years, after which every Geopark is subjected to a revalidation by international experts committee.


During 6-9th of July 2015, our Geopark’s revalidation mission took place by the authorized evaluators of the European and Global Geoparks’ Network, Ms. Melanie Border and Mr. Ángel Hernández.

The evaluators visited several sites of the area and were informed both on the ongoing projects within the region and on the actions undertaken by the Management Body.
They visited the Cave of the Lakes, the sources of Aroanios river at Planitero, the facilities of the Agricultural Dairy Cooperation of Kalavryta, the Environmental Education Centre of Kleitoria - Akrata, and they also hiked the Vouraikos Gorge and treaveld with the scenic rack railway. Gorge Vouraikos River and tour of the cog sidirodrmo Diakofto - Kalavryta . They also visited Mount Chelmos and took a tour at the facilities of the Ski Centre and the Aristarchos telescope. Finally, they waked the trail of Valvousi-Keramidaki at the Aesthetic forest of Kalavryta, and the visited the monastery of Ascension at kastria and the Holocaust Museum.


The evaluators were impressed by the strong, alternating landscape, the important Geotopes of the region and the hospitality of the local people. They emphasized on the great potential of the area for the promotion of various forms of tourism (ecotourism, geotourism, religious tourism, etc.) and the important role that the Management Body can play. During the revalidation mission many constructive discussions were held with local officials and with Ass. Professor George Iliopoulos, a constant advisor on Geology, of Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark. The remarks regarded to the continuation of the high level of infrastructure and services by the staff of the Management Body.

 


Evaluators informed us on their positive recommendation to the European and Global Geoparks’ Network regarding Chelmos-Vouraikos revalidation; however the official announcement will take place after the Advisory Committee deliberation during the meeting of the European Network of Geoparks in Geopark Rokua, Finland, in September 2015.

During their visit the evaluators met with:

The Chairman of the Management Body, Prof. Dr. Gregory Iatrou,

Mayor of Kalavryta, Mr. George Lazouras,

The Vice Governor of Western Greece, Mr. George Angelopoulos,

The President City Council of Kalavryta, Mr.. Nicholas Magafas,

The Deputy Director of the Forest Agency of Kalavryta, Mr. George Tsagianidi,

The Director of the Cave of the Lakes, Mr. Thanasis Zissimopoulos,

The Director of the Ski Centre of Kalavryta, Mr. Leonidas Spyropoulos,

Director of the Agricultural Dairy Cooperation of Kalavryta, Mr. Aris Golfinopoulos

The post-doc researcher of the Aristarchos telescope, Dr. John Alikakis,

The Director of the Environmental Education Centre of Kleitoria - Akrata, Mr. Xaris Moshopoulos,

 

and discussed with them the potential of further touristic development of the area and the implementation and of international collaborations.

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EGN_4_newletterJuly to December2015_Chelmos Vouraikos Geopark

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European Week actions

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Chelmos-Vouraikos Geopark_Educational seminar on Protected ecosystems

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Chelmos Vouraikos Geopark_EGN Newsletter_3

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Water Resources Assessment _Chelmos-vouraikos Geopark

Water Resources Assessment _Chelmos-vouraikos Geopark

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Six-month progress reports

Six-month progress reports

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EUROPEAN GEOPARKS REPORTS 2014_Chelmos-Vouraikos

EUROPEAN GEOPARKS REPORTS 2014_Chelmos-Vouraikos

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