Walking is one of the best ways to discover and appreciate Malta’s natural environment, beautiful landscapes and man-made marvels. There are few places in the world where walks can bring you past so many fascinating features in such a short distance, and with ready access. Rambling around the entire coast of our island is an especially fulfilling experience as the route takes you past a wide variety of unique and impressive cultural, ecological, geological and other features, both natural and manmade.
The authors of this new book have chosen to begin and end their path at Valletta and along the way travel by a route that is as near to the coast as is practical, safe and accessible. The route meanders through a number of towns and villages, and rural areas of Malta, through tourist promenades and the remaining wilder areas. ‘Probably the best views and experiences from this coastal walk are encountered through walk 7’ says Jonathan Henwood, author of the book. He describes his favorite roam around Dingli and Baħrija and its fascinating scenery ampled by the unique geology and cult- there are saltpans, formerly inhabited caves and the remains of a temple and Bronze age villages to be discovered here!
The sense of being alone with the remnants of Maltese nature at its best is truly one of a kind in this location- featuring rare plants and animals such as the freshwater crab and weasel. The best aspect is that whenever you repeat this path, you will find different new and intriguing aspects to appreciate! However all other routes have one of a kind experiences- the book reminds us of the beauty of the Maltese Islands and entices you to physically explore it.
‘This is surely not the end of the series’, says the author. There is so much to discover that the authors are steadily working on another book for Gozo and another for Malta, each with different walks, bringing the series up to five. ‘We have come a long way since the first book was published in 2010, and yet there are so many paths waiting to be explored’. One of the richest of the new routes will shed light on the many Roman, Punic and World War II remains, whilst guiding you through one of last remaining pockets of wild coast on the north eastern border of Malta.
Book summary-Each walk
• Is of moderate length and most can be extended or shortened
• Leads you past a variety of landscapes and features of historical,
• Is described in detail and accompanied by a clear map
• Can be reached conveniently by public bus environmental and cultural interest
• Is supported by a section on History, Geology, Plants and Wildlife of Malta and Gozo
• Also provides details on practical aspects such as Weather, Safety, Buses and Ferries.
By Jonathan Henwood and Emmet McMahon