Wied il-Għasel

Wied il-Għasel. (Click on the photo for added detail.)

About a couple weeks ago I was watching a recent video by Englishman in Malta, where Steve was walking along the valley floor from Wied Speranza, starting from the Madonna tal-Isperanza chapel, trying to find a through connection to Wied il-Għasel. Unfortunately, he didn’t make it through, getting stuck at a small dam (with a sufficiently high drop). Now I have been to both valleys several times, but never attempted the connection between them. However, I knew there was a way through, because some years ago, a second cousin of mine had plans to meet up with me in Wied il-Għasel, and having parked too far off (near the Madonna tal-Isperanza chapel, incidentally), he ended up walking all the way through. Now it has to be said that he commented that the vegetation ate him up on his way through, so I knew it wouldn’t be easy. But it was still a challenge I was up to.

So during the Easter holidays I drove down to Mosta for a quick short walk, and an attempt to find my way through. I figured it would be easier to try the link the other way around, so I parked by the path that leads down to Mosta Bridge. I walked down into the valley, and unusually headed west instead of east once I reached the valley floor. I had once walked this part of the valley before, but it was some years ago, so it all felt rather new and very enjoyable. I had my small camera with me, and I did make a few photos on the way. Two of these I’m sharing in this post, as they go very well together and show rather nicely the ‘wild’ nature of this part of the valley.

Wied il-Għasel. (Click on the photo for added detail.)

In due course I arrived at the dam, and sure enough it wasn’t immediately obvious where to find a way through. I considered climbing the dam, which on this side was made up of a series of narrow but high steps (about 1.2m high each). This would be awkward but doable. Unfortunately the first step started about 2m from the valley floor, and the only way to reach it would involve hopping between boulders, with rather substantial gaps in between. A bit too much adventure when I’m out alone, I figured. So instead I backtracked a bit and found a narrow and barely discernable path on the north side of the valley. This led, through some vegetation, up the steep side of valley, reaching the top of the dam on that side. At this point I saw two options. I took the more open path, walking along the dam edge by a cluster of bamboo, until I reached a point where I could jump down (about 1.2m, so could be done safely) on the other side. By that edge of the wall I could see the other, more closed, path, which led under the bamboo to ascend the wall at the very edge.

It’s a pity I didn’t take my action camera with me, as the whole outing would have made an interesting vlog. Perhaps another time, if there is any interest out there for that kind of thing.

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