My grateful thanks to Roy Caton for pointing out the following problems:
Walk 7a Kamari to Palatiani, page 19, para 2. Roy writes: "We've just completed Walk 7a, and you say Swing around at the far end and go up left with the terrace. There no longer appears to be a path upwards at the left hand end of the first terrace, now blocked by a huge mound of soil possibly from ploughing the terrace above. We did manage to force a difficult route left and upwards through the gorse and prickly bushes, but it seemed not to be any real path. The alternative steep shortcut mentioned in that paragraph seemed very loose underfoot and unsafe to us."
Lance comments: The only alternative routes to Panagia Palatiani would be:
Walk 8 Kamari or Kefalos to Astipalia to Panagia Styloti to Agios Theologos, page 21, last para. Roy writes: "We've just attempted Walk 8 from the above book (Kamari or Kefalos to Agios Theologos) and wanted to alert you to a problem. Where the text says to Go onward, off the bend and look for a faint path continuing over the rocky lip and down the nose of the ridge. Well I'm afraid all trace of any faint path has vanished.
We spent an hour retracing our steps (in case we had gone wrong at the preceding three way fork) and venturing beyond the presumed rocky lip and some way down the increasingly steep hillside. But nothing resembled a path. We felt that we were in the right area, as some ruins of a stone building were roughly facing us on the other side of a significant descent/ascent. We assumed this to be the ruined house mentioned shortly after. We could only have improvised some kind of scramble down the hillside, but with vegetation masking much of the route, we were uncertain what hazards might lay ahead, so abandoned the walk at this point."
Lance comments: It is very disappointing that the single footpath connection between Styloti and Agios Theologos appears now to have disappeared. The most obvious alternative would be to join the existing return route from Agios Theologos and use that to reach the latter.
My thanks to John Williams for the following:
"A couple of minor points for future editions:"
Walk 1, page 8, para 1-2. "The path up to Kefalos which starts at the top of the steps above the Hermes is now worse than just overgrown. A small landslide about has diverted a watercourse onto the path which now has a 3ft deep trench all down the middle of it - the first 50m or so is now difficult going, but persevere and it is perfectly passable to all but the most feeble. However, at least two people I met gave up trying to find the path from the lower end - there is so much debris at the bottom that it's only apparent there is a path at all once you've climbed the first 15m or so."
"One track you mark on the map (but don't describe) is now made nearly invisible and impassable by bulldozing of new roads. This is the wiggly track that winds around a low hill from near the harbour area of Kamari up to the big bend by the Anthoula (parallel and NE to your route 3 descent). Might be worth removing, or at least downgrading, the central section of this on your map next time you update - I know it's not one of the actual routes, but someone else might be as foolish as me and think that it looks like a tempting shortcut from the harbour to the Hermes."
My thanks to Tim Quantrill for the following:
"Hello Lance, I went to Kos at Easter and found your Walks in Western Kos book very useful. We did walks 1, 7, 8 and 10 and the descriptions were good. I don't think there were any changes needed. We would like to recommend the kafenion in Kefalos near the first windmill out of town and one of the restaurants on the road below the castle (I think it was called the Castle [Castello]) both for their friendliness and good Greek food. It was a lovely place and I look forward to going back."