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  WAYMARKING

Way-marking makes it easy to follow the route. Long-distance are way-marked in red and white, side-routes and day-walks are waymarked in red and yellow. On most routes there are also yellow and green signposts at the junction of the route with metalled roads. Some routes are not waymarked because they are above the treeline so difficult to maintain - you have to rely on the book, maps, GPS points and cairns.

The Turkish Standard: We have adopted techniques and systems from the Israelis and the French. We put the paint in plastic bottles, squeeze it onto the brush, then brush it onto the rocks. Marks are parallel with the line of the route – and visible from a distance. Bends are marked by a curved line, no-go paths with a red cross, and junctions or places of interest with a double mark. We think this is the easiest waymarking to follow.

Way-marking: Garanti Bank sponsored the original way-marking for the Lycian Way and pay for the signposts to be checked and renewed annually. We have had some private sponsorship for the routes, and occasionally a local official contributes to group expenses.

The Turkish Tourism Ministry does not support waymarking. A few tour operators and pensions along the routes help during the winter. Route maintenance is a big expense - to sponsor us, contact the Society.

Volunteer groups: Waymarking is often renewed by volunteers. The Lycian Way was re-marked in 2005 and 2009; the St Paul Trail in 2010; some routes in the Kaçkar were marked in 2012. Genctur organize groups of volunteers who work on rebuilding damaged paths or repairing buildings to use as accommodation.

In spring 2013, a group will help repair a village school on the St Paul Trail. We need people with building skills - carpenter, plumber, roofer, etc. If you would like to join this group, please contact us.

 

 

 

[updated, december 2012]

Way-marking pictures:

Way-mark: Turn Left Way-mark: Carry On Way-mark: Junction Way-mark: Wrong Way

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Trekking in Turkey by Kate Clow Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism