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Delphi Walking

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Delphi Walking

I understand that a trip to Delphi involves extensive walking and hiking. My wife had recent knee surgery. Although she can walk well on most surfaces and even uphill, too much may cause difficulty. Just how much walking and hiking is involved in such a tour?

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1. Re: Delphi Walking

You might wish to contact various tour companies, who make these trips. the town itself is rather small, perhaps your wife can visti the museum, and some archeological sites, then enjoy the marvellous view of the olive groves with coffee and relax.

Do not forget the nice village of Arahova, which is before you reach Delphi. Worthwhile to stop by.

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I am afraid that it is very steep going up the Sacred Way to get to the museum. Here is a photo by a friend, showing the main archeological site, as seen from the "Tholos" ... which is that round temple ruin down the road a bit. http://www.flickr.com/photos/32580031@N06/3381716119/in/set-72157615760246203 as u can see, the whole thing is on a mountainside.

Here's a Sacred Way pic -- http://www.ancientlinks.com/links/index.php it is a path,not steps, but yes, all uphill. Here is a map of the wider area -- roadhttp://www.planetware.com/map/delphi-map-gr-del.htm -- you can see that the museum is on the main road, which she would be able to visit. And perhaps she could go up the Sacred way as much as she felt able, then sit on a ruined column while you went ahead to the theatre.

BTW, She should consider bringing a couple of collapsible canes. A big help. You see people using them in Greece all the time. Greece is all about hills & mountains. My knees (thank god) are OK, but I wear those Ace knee elastics under my trousers on expeditions like this.

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The gradients aren't the only problem: the uneven surface of the ground could be quite treacherous if her knee isn't completely healed and entirely stable. Canes would certainly be a good idea.

So would support. The short elastic supports that encircle only the knee area are not much use: the most effective are the full length Tubigrip ones that reach from just above the ankle to the thigh. Used double thickness, such a bandage provides real support and good stability.

Also, remember that downhill is much harder on knees than uphill.

Edited: 11 April 2011, 06:49
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