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Venture Hike

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Venture Hike

As the fields start getting greener and the days get cooler, there’s no better way to spend a Sunday af-ternoon than in the countryside away from the ur-ban areas we spend our lives in.

With this in mind, our AVSL Isaac took us on a hike in one of the most remote areas of the island. This hike started and finished at the Paradise Bay car park and took us around the tip of Malta’s ‘tail’.

From the photos one can see that this was a very ad-venturous walk in an area seldom visited by people. In the first part of our trek, under the cliffs we had to climb over, under and in between huge boulders, we found a sizeable natural rain water pond and some interesting rock formations. No wildlife was seen un-fortunately, although we did find a few skeletons of dead birds. We carried on until we reached the sea and figured out that the only way out was to head up. Fortunately, close by there was a way out so we climbed up towards a rock cut staircase which must have been used by fishermen.

Once we reached the top of the cliff, the view was breathtaking (or maybe we had lost our breath on our way up!) so we stopped to have our packed lunches to regain those calories we had used up. Following the trail ahead of us, we walked on towards Qammiegh Point. Along the way we observed various illegal manmade dwellings and wondered at how smart these people are, to build their little houses in such a beautiful and peaceful place.

Next, we lounged along the road towards the Red Tower however this was boring, so instead, upon reach-ing one of the wartime pillboxes on the ridge, we cut down into the valley through the countryside and followed some farmers’ paths in a general direction towards Paradise Bay car park which we could see up ahead. Soon enough we got there and the hike was brought to an end. We all headed off to the nearest ice-cream kiosk to celebrate the day’s event which, although being a relatively short hike and activity was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended and also proved to be somewhat educational for most of us who had never visited this part of the island in times gone by.

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