This blog is to tell you about the extension of the Lycian Way 2 days to the north. The route now finishes at Geyikbayırı – Antalya’s famous climbing centre.
Instead of taking a bus from Hisarçandır to Antalya, you can walk north for 2 days. Day 1 takes you across the Çandır river to the village of Çitdibi, where there will soon be a new climbing wall and a climbers’ hostel. It passes a fort perched high above the river. Day 2 climbs Roman road through cedar forest to the pass of Karabel then descends to Geyikbayırı. It passes the ruins of Typalia (on a pass) and Trebenna (just above Geyikbayırı).
From the former end of the Lycian Way at Hisarçandır mosque, walk on the main road towards Antalya; just before a bend over a riverbed, turn L on unsurfaced road (250m). After a çeşme, fork R/downhill on forestry road then continue NW/straight on unused track to a pile of rocks (1km). Follow a footpath downhill to meet a forest road and turn L over a gully (600m).
Turn R off the forest road and wind through scrubby ground to an open area (100m).
To the R are ruins of Hisarçandır castle. The castle is built on a rock overlooking the Çandır River, and you have to scramble up the rock to reach it. From the castle, you can see the route ahead.
Return to the path; with the castle on the R, follow a path through forest to meet another dirt road (400m). Turn R and follow this to a dam on the river (600m).
Only 50m below the dam, cross the river and find a path rising from behind a huge boulder. Climb up a bank to a higher level and continue with a drop to a side-stream on the R. The path descends to cross the side-stream and climbs the far bank (600m). Go round an orchard to the dirt road and follow this up to meet the asphalt (1.5km).
Çitdibi is on the L; there is a visitor house and the climbing walls are on the far side of the village. We will tell you when the new climbing centre opens.
Cross the road and through a small boulder field to the start of a wide, clear path rising diagonally NE/up the hill towards the saddle. It runs firstly through pines then across scrubby hillside and meets a forest road half-way up the hill (1km).
Turn L, walk around a R bend and follow the forest road N until it ends just below the ruins of Typalia. Turn L onto a stony path to the dip between the necropolis and the old city. There are tombs around you (800m).
A narrow path leads down slippery slopes to a streambed lined with plane trees (1). Cross the stream, turn R/SE and climb a wider path through one clearing to a second open area where a shepherd/farmer called Halil grows beans and young walnut trees (1.5km). Climb past his house to a dirt road.
Turn R/uphill around a R bend into woodland. Turn L onto footpath running N and after 500m turn L and cross the stream to an open area. Turn R/NNE past some huts, through woodland then uphill to a forest road at the pass of Karabel (2.7km). Cross the first forest track, then a second and continue downhill to cross the track again. Go downhill to an open area; crossed a ditch and bear R to another track. Turn R and follow it to its end.
An old road zigzags NE steeply down, passing a field, following zigzags to a forest track. Turn R, continue to a plane tree with a spring beneath it (1.7km) then scramble through broken rocks to a forest road below. Turn R/NE and walk for 800m to a firepool (1.5km).
Turn L/down a footpath to the asphalt road; turn L /NW, then R on a wide downhill path, which soon meets a Roman road; keep R and descend zigzags to the forest track below (1.1km). Turn R and walk 300m to the ruins of Trebenna.
From Trebenna go SE to a junction with a narrow dirt road; turn L into a wooded valley and after 200 m bear L/N/down towards a streambed then a horizontal forest road. Walk 200m R/SE on the road then turn L/down a continuation of the path going NW towards the river and cliffs in the valley. At a sidestream, turn R towards the main stream and descend a steep bank to a wide, shallow ford. (600m)
Cross the river and walk 200m to the campsites – the village road is beyond.