A few weeks ago an interesting email reached the CRS from Finnish theatre group, Ruska Ensemble. Inspired by the writings of Rumi, a famous actor, Jari Virman (https://www.facebook.com/ruskaensemble/), proposed to make a personal pilgrimage from Istanbul to Konya, following the Evliya Çelebi Way, then turning east to the city of Mevlana.   Jari began his…

Bush Whacking on the Carian Trail By Jennifer Baljko Sweat drips into my eyes. I lay the loppers (my large borrowed pruning scissors) on a rock, and take off my smelly gardening gloves. I twist the bandana off my neck and wipe my dirty brow. I might as well have some water, too, I tell…

  As I huffed and puffed up and up and up during the initial hours of the hike and then crushed my knees under the weight of my ridiculous 22-kilogram backpack on the first big downhill, I realized that my idea was too lofty.   I arrogantly thought I was ready for the Likya Yolu…

This is a unique work camp for nature-lovers and back-packers. The Carian Trail is Turkey’s longest footpath passing through villages, beaches, ruins and rugged coastline around the southwest corner of Turkey. This spring, a group of international volunteers will be cleaning parts of the walking route in Bozburun and Datça Peninsulas and other areas mainly…

Useful source of info on boots for all occasions, plus other camping and trekking gear. You could read before you buy and pick up some useful tips. Boots have changed so much over the years – I used to wear really heavy boots like these here, but as my feet toughened up I switched to…

Members of the Culture Routes Society will soon start work in Van and Bitlis on a new project – an Urartu Cultural Route which will encircle Lake Van. The team will have a first meeting there next week with the mayors and officials of the area. During this part of the project, in summer 2017,…

The Interim Evaluation Meeting, which aimed at evaluating the plans produced by the associate organisations and local leaders and informing other national and local stakeholders involved, took place in Egirdir, Isparta on 04-05 August 2016. Although paticipation from local administrations was less than expected due to the ongoing state of emergency declared in July 2016…

  The photo above is of a group of Turkish trekkers from İzmir, who are planning to walk the whole route. Kate (turquoise t shirt) met them above Kabak Bay. On 17th April, the Antalya Conservation Commission called a meeting at which the route of the Lycian Way, its extension by the addition of several new routes and…

    Most people have heard of the UNESCO world heritage sites program, which aims to identify the best examples of cultural and wild places in the world and push governments to protect them. It does this by adding to the status of the site and encouraging tourists to visit them – the designation ‘World…

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