I’m not sure I even mentioned on this blog, three weeks ago I headed up to Gozo with my friend Hendrik for a day’s walking. I had not been that way since before the pandemic. In fact, I had not had a proper full-day break since the pandemic, so this came as a very welcome treat. The excuse, if I needed any, was that I still need to finish a few walks in Gozo for my walking book project. So I printed the maps of the routes I had previously planned with my brother Josef, and set off early.
We managed two walks on the day – one in the morning, and another after our traditional Mekren lunch. One of these took us to the lovely valley of Wied il-Mielaħ, with the now well-known natural stone arch at the end of the valley. Since the collapse of the more touristy stone arch at Dwejra (check out my photos prior to the collapse) five years ago, this one at Wied il-Mielaħ was suddenly rediscovered, and the area started seeing a much larger influx of people.
I had already been this way before, as there are a number of sport climbing routes on the arch itself and also on the valley cliffs. In fact, I have already climbed the easy routes on the right hand side of the stack (they’re practically a scramble, but you do need to abseil in), and also the slightly more involved “30 minutes to sunset” on the more vertical landside corner of the stack.
On this day, though, I had my camera gear with me, and simply wanted to make a decent photo of the arch. There is a stairway that leads down to the mouth of the valley, where I’m standing taking this photo. There were a number of other visitors, so I didn’t want to muck about with the tripod etc., so I made this photo handheld.