A very long walk

Selatin WalkMLast Sunday we joined 47 other people from Zirve Dağcılık ve Doğa Sporları Kulübü (Selçuk and Kuşadası  branches) for what had been described as a ‘short and easy’ walk.  We had several people who had not walked with the club before.  The plan was to set out from Selatin and walk to Şirince.  We met up in the usual place, greeting friends over tea, then off to the village of Selatin by minibus (where we met up with the Kuşadası branch) for a leisurely breakfast.

Selatin WalkCSelatin has a memory tree.  This is an ancient oriental plane, said to be 800 years old.  It has a big plaque explaining its age and size.  A very impressive specimen, despite having been recently pruned.  Many photographs were taken around the tree then we set off, in brilliant sunshine, up a very good forest road.  The road conditions were excellent, as was the weather but the walk was very steeply uphill.  By around midday we arrived at a peak with a wonderful view of the countryside for many miles around.  It was best to look to the distance as the peak was covered with radio masts and an electricity sub-station.

From thence we were mostly going down.  We found a very scenic spot for an Selatin WalkGearly lunch break.  We were sitting around sunning ourselves in short sleeved t-shirts.  Fires were lit.  Sucuk was cooked.  Food was shared and, after the meal, some spontaneous dancing broke out.  We were persuaded to join in though, apparently, Hilary does not wiggle her hips enough and will have to do better next time.

After lunch we continued mostly along forest roads, cutting off occasionally into the forest.  In some places there was hard frost on the ground.  We took a couple of wrong turnings and had to retrace our steps.  We found a huge and rather smelly wild boar who appeared to have been roadkill.  One of the students managed to catch a lizard…  We saw at least one buzzard but, though the views were spectacular, walking in a large group doesn’t give you a very good chance of seeing much wildlife.

Sinandede-SignWe never did find our way to Şirince but we went past the tomb of Sinandede (we took a photograph of the very long explanation as we didn’t pause long enough to understand the Turkish) and came out on the main road between Belevi and Selçuk.  Where the minibuses soon arrived to take us home.  We were quite relieved to have a comfortable seat as the walk, though not in the least bit difficult, had been a great deal more than the advertised 10 kilometers.  Probably closer to double that!

This was in no way a problem.  The weather was perfect and the scenery fantastic.  And the company was good.

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4 responses to “A very long walk

  1. . . there is a really well organised walking group in Dalyan that includes a ladies’ and and a kid’s group. The leaders/organisers are really good at accurate information and not getting lost! j and I join them occassionally as neither of us are good group walkers prefering to do our own thing at our own pace. Being out there in the ‘wild’ is so enjoyable and good for the body and soul.

    • The getting lost is all part of the fun, though the going can get a bit tough. I think it’s because they are trying to open up new trails. Sunday’s walk was certainly not difficult (just rather longer than anticipated). We also like walking without a group – so much better for spotting wildlife – but the minibus takes us places that would be hard to get to on public transport and picks us up in different places (if we took the bike we’d have to end up where we started). So both have their advantages and disadvantages.

  2. I like the minibus idea – we end up walking in a big circle or retracing our steps. Not sure about a 20 km walk though. I’d have needed a stretcher, not a minibus.

    • It’s the upside of walking with a large group. We’re not sure how far it actually was but couldn’t have been far short of 20 Km. Everyone’s feet were sore at the end but it wasn’t a difficult walk (just long).

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