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Victoria Lines a.k.a The Great Wall of Malta!

19 March, 2015 4 comments

The Victoria Lines, or as I like to call it, The Great Wall of Malta, is a defensive line spanning 12KM across the island. The concept was dreamt up by the British military and built between 1875 and 1899 (although it’s defensive effectiveness wasn’t tested until much later and was eventually found to be almost useless!). It was built along the ‘Great Fault’ and runs from east (Madliena) to west (through Mosta, Bingemma and Rabat). It’s a great national landmark that I’ve wanted to visit for years, but just never got around to seeing, so recently when the weather was sunny, Joe and I went along with some friends of ours.

Victoria Lines a.k.a The Great Wall of Malta! Victoria Lines a.k.a The Great Wall of Malta!

We didn’t have any kind of route planned and no real idea where we were going to go, or where we wanted to go but we ended up on the Dwejra Lines, which I’ve since read is the most scenic part of the route and the most recommended if you’re looking to take pictures. Lucky for me!

Victoria Lines a.k.a The Great Wall of Malta!

Since they were found to be useless, the entire structure has pretty much been left to ruin for many many years now. I do think this is a shame, as many parts are fully collapsed and over grown, but at the same time it also gives it a real charm. It looks old but it is old. Large parts are still intact, including the beautiful bridge in Bingemma which spans a small valley between hills and it was the most magical part of the experience for me. It felt like we were on some great adventure in a land not unlike Middle Earth.

Victoria Lines a.k.a The Great Wall of Malta!

Victoria Lines a.k.a The Great Wall of Malta!

Victoria Lines a.k.a The Great Wall of Malta!

The scenery all around the walk was breathtaking; so green and lush as far as the eye could see. I’d not recommend tackling this walk once summer kicks in, with the intense heat I think it’d really be quite dangerous and you’d be risking heat stroke, sunburn, dehydration to name just a few. In the interim once winter has started to brighten up and before summer kicks in (not really a long enough period to call spring!) it’s perfect. When the skies are blue, the sun is shining and warming on your back, but not uncomfortably so.

Victoria Lines a.k.a The Great Wall of Malta!

Victoria Lines a.k.a The Great Wall of Malta!

The whole area has a real ‘countryside’ feel, which can be a little lacking in Malta. There were some super old but functional farmhouses along the walk, complete with sheep herd being ushered along by a farmer screaming ‘EJJA!’ at his flock. There’s a muddy off-road kind of road way that goes along parallel to the wall for quite some way and on this lovely sunny day there were lots of families who had driven up there with their kids and dogs to just chill out in the sun.

Victoria Lines a.k.a The Great Wall of Malta!

Foolishly we weren’t that equipped for such a walk and had no water or snacks and weren’t even wearing proper footwear. I’d definitely recommend taking some provisions so you’re not forced to turn back before you’re done seeing all there is to see. The walk is by no means tough or treacherous, but it’s not smooth or a proper pathway either so trainers or walking boots are best. On some parts of the Victoria Lines, you’ll find yourself on quite thin walkways with steep drops down the side, so I’d be careful if you’re thinking of taking children on the walk. It’s not mountainous but could be dangerous if they’re not paying attention or have the tendency to run around.

Victoria Lines a.k.a The Great Wall of Malta! Victoria Lines a.k.a The Great Wall of Malta!

The Victoria Lines is a part of Malta that I think too many people don’t know exist, amongst both people who live and holiday here. As it’s so long, it’s something you could do as a real trek if you’re into your walking, or else something you can enjoy across many different trips, doing shorter walks along different parts of the line. It’s the kind of place you will never tire of, however many times you visit and everyone who is in Malta must make time to walk along this delightful part of history.

Victoria Lines a.k.a The Great Wall of Malta!

Victoria Lines a.k.a The Great Wall of Malta!

Keep an eye on Moving On Up & Away on Facebook over the next few days as I’ll be posting an entire album with even more pictures from our Victoria Lines walk.

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4 comments

Scott Lee Holloway 19 March, 2015 - 1:40 pm

Wow looks absolutely beautiful Rhi! Never knew Malta could be so green! :-) Loving the posts as always! Have a great day, Scott.

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annmucc 20 March, 2015 - 9:55 am

Great post Rhi! Where did you start the walk from and where did you end? And do you have to return the same way you go? I must admit that, although am Maltese (and know about the Victoria Lines) I haven’t been in ages. Have been meaning to take my husband there as he really wants to see them, but not sure where to start the walk so haven’t gotten round it yet :D.

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Rhi 20 March, 2015 - 10:49 am

I’m afraid I wont be much help, we didn’t really have a clear idea of where we were haha! I understand we were on a main road heading to Mgarr and turned up a road with a sign to Dweijra. From there we had to go a little off road, over a small bridge then right to a parking area. From there you can either walk right or left and we chose left. Not very helpful I’m so sorry! I think the whole walk is pretty nice so wherever you end up will be worth it :) xx

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