Naxxar Gap to Gharghur Victoria Lines Malta map and walking

Naxxar Gap to Gharghur Victoria Lines Malta map and walking

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The Gharghur (Ghargur) to Naxxar Gap section of the Victoria Lines Malta offers easy access, great views and a couple of bridges (Stop Walls) to walk across the local Wieds (dry river valleys).

The Victoria Lines section at Wied il-Faham has parts in disrepair and you may, for a few yards, be walking on top of the wall with a steep drop on the other side. Its not that dangerous as long as care is taken but dont attempt it in the dark!

For those who have followed the victorialinesmalta.com guide from West (Kuncizzjoni) to East (Naxxar Gap) this part of the walking guide is in the opposite direction! The photo order shows from Madliena Heights (East) end to the Naxxar Gap.

Naxxar Gap to Gharghur section Victoria Lines Malta map and walking

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This is the 2nd Gharghur “Line” of the Victoria Lines Malta. This Wied il-Faham to the Naxxar Gap and its Cart Ruts walk starts at an overgrown walled entrance. Its at the end of the first Madliena to Gharghur Victoria Line beside the road that goes steeply down the escarpment.

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Triq Ghar San Brinkat – great views. This road leads down the Great Fault Line escarpment and you can even park at the very top, right in the middle of the walk along the Victoria Lines Malta route between Madliena and Naxxar Gap

It is right beside the overgrown entrance to the path into Wied il-Faham and how you walk to Naxxar.

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The broken Maltese Victoria Lines walls give a great view and gaps for photographs, with the very scenic landscape below you. It also seems in keeping with Malta and its derelict and ruined buildings.

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Its not a long Line but its a lot more “natural” than the first section, helped by the state of this part of the Victoria Lines. Its a short climb down and up Wied il-Faham.

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The yellow “cliffs” on the other side of the valley is a deep quarry, one of many on the island of Malta. Its still in use so be careful if you do go on the road to have a look, as the lorry drivers wont slow down for you. After all, its always Wabbit Season on the Island of Malta.

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Bushes, trees and shrubs have taken over some parts of the pathway you walk along the Gharghur Victoria Lines but thats part of the beauty of this small section of the Lines.

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As you climb down or up the stairs on this side (not obvious when coming from Madliena side) you get a great view of the Wied. You would pitty any dirty foriegners who would have attempted an attack up this amazingly narrow valleys.

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Wied il-Faham and the walkway bridge (Stop Wall) that crosses it. The Wieds
around the Gharghur part of the Great Fault Line and escarpment are strange.
They are described as Dry River Valleys but how can they be? How do they
cut through the escarpment, how are they so narrow yet have different widths,
where is the river that caused this?

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If these Wieds/valleys were caused by water/rivers then where did all the water come from, where did it gain such speed and force?

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As you descent into the valley floor of Wied il-Faham it becomes much quieter,
warmer and the natural smells and sounds of Malta will surround you. You
may even see birds of prey silently gliding on the thermals.

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A short climb up the slope (down it if you are coming from the Naxxar Gap end of this part of the Victoria Lines) gives you a view of the other side.

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Be careful as it appears that sections of this Victoria Line are completely missing. With the bushes also claiming back the land that was once theirs, before the British Empire decided that they were going to claim this little part of land as well as a third of the world, you may have to get dangerously close to the edge.

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Fighting your way through the local vegetation is part of the fun of hiking this part of Malta’s Victoria Lines.

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Up and at ’em rewards you with a fine view as you walk along to or from the Naxxar Gap part of the Victoria Lines Malta.

Malta’s Sound Radar – “the ear” (Il-Widna)

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Malta’s Sound Radar (Accoustic Radar) is the only one of its kind built outside the United Kingdom. This old building was constructed before the use of “Radar” and WW2. It trapped and reflected sound and thats why they were known as Sound Radars. The Maltese name for it is Il-Widna, the ear.

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You will be able to see Il-Widna (the ear) as you hike along this section of the Maltese Victoria Lines.

More information on buildings in the area of Ghargur and rambling along the Ghargur Victoria Lines from Malta’s Ramblers Association

Ghargur to Madliena section coming soon.

Mosta to Naxxar Gap Victoria Lines Malta map and hiking

Mosta to Naxxar Gap Victoria Lines Malta map and hiking

guide to walking at Naxxar the route along the Victoria Lines Malta

The Fort Mosta to Naxxar Gap walking route along Malta’s Victoria Lines is a very short but varied path. You will cross a high arched bridge across a Weid, see how the British Empires fortifications were built into the valley walls, go past one of the largest limestone quarries in Malta, perhaps see a Girna and visit some of Malta’s most mysterious Cart Ruts, that are found at the Naxxar Gap.

You will also have to walk along a fast busy road so be careful.

Mosta to Naxxar Gap section of Victoria Lines Malta map and hiking

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The bridge crossing the Wied (Valley), left takes you to the Naxxar Gap and the Naxxar Cart Ruts, right takes you into Mosta. If you are coming the opposite route from East to West (Madliena to Kuncizzjon) then when you cross the bridge you need to keep going straight over the a roundabout and then carry on straight or take a right along a side road either into Fort Mosta itself or into a farmers field.

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A view of Mosta’s impressive high arched bridge

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“into the valley of death … ” the Gaps and Weids along Malta’s Victoria Lines were turned into valleys of death for any invader that would have tried to find away to attack Valletta from the North of the Island. Either Stop Walls were built with rifle Loop Holes to pick off the invading army, Malta’s Victoria Lines themselves used to corral them into killing zone or constructed in a valley of death.

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View across the valley of death towards Fort Mosta and the end of its section of Malta’s Victoria Lines. It is difficult to visit this section, you normaly miss that part out and start/finish on the other side of Fort Mosta.

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For this section of the walking route along Malta’s Victoria Lines you will have to walk on parts of the busy and fast road, so be careful. Try to stick on the grassy verge as you get a good view of the North of Malta and the valleys of death.

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Walk around, under and sometimes through the trees on the path from Mosta to the Naxxar Gap Cart Tracks along Malta’s Victoria Lines.

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“into the valley of death rode the six hundred.” In the middle of the valley of death floor you can see 3 small arches of an old bridge.

One real puzzle of Malta is the Weids (Valleys). Supposedly they are dry river valleys created back in the day when Malta had a Rainy Age instead of an Ice Age. That is not meant to be a joke but is the only explanation that geologists can come up with to explain the amazing short and very steep valleys of Malta.

The problem with the valleys of Malta as you will observe on the section of the walk from Mosta to Madliena is where did all the water come from? Not as in from the skies, but these valleys are carved into the highest places yet the valley cuts through both ways and they are very short. Why is there no evidence of the massive streams/rivers of water that had to pour out of the entrance. Where did all the material go?

There is another new explanation for the mystery of Malta’s valleys and Dry River Valleys and Wind Gaps around the world. It may be the result of gEUlogy, which is the Earths geology viewed from an Electric Universe pov.

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One of Malta’s quarries and perhaps the largest if found at the Naxxar Gap and means you have to walk along the road that curves round it.

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The fence on the left of the photo is the edge of the Maltese limestone quarry. It is always safest to walk towards the traffic and especially on this road as you get to see the cars speeding round the corner and they get to see you. Unless they are on their mobile phone like most Maltese drivers.

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Round the bend by the trees in the photo above you have 2 options. You can keep following the road round then go across it and onto the grass edge and carry on walking along Malta’s Victoria Lines beside the Maltese quarry, or, you can take a slight diversion along through the scenic meadows.

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Flower meadows and fields in Malta flowering and in bloom during the Maltese spring. I was lucky enough to walk Malta’s Victoria Lines during the end of March and start of April when its wild flowers were in all their glory. It is a very pleasant time to walk and hike around Malta. Lovely and warm during the day but not to hot, with a cool breeze. It can be chilly in the evenings due to the cool breeze. if you come during the summer this is very likely to be all brown and few flowers.

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This is the very short section of the walled path through the Maltese meadow that you can walk along. This is looking from Naxxar Gap to Mosta.

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The end of the short meadow path is at the bottom of this street, Triq Sir Aarturo Mercieca. If you are coming from the Naxxar Gap route you wont see the path, as its blocked by about 5 yards of tall vegetation but fight your way through it.

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If walking from Fort Mosta to Naxxar Gap and you have walked through the meadow route then turn left past the Girna (Maltese for stone huts/hovels), a tradional but dying out building used by farmers, hunters and people to live or shelter in. Are the Maltese Giren an example of the ruined “Bee hive huts” found in New Zealand?

Naxxar Gap Cart Ruts Malta's Victoria Lines

The photo above is the view looking back towards Mosta.

If you have walked through the meadow from most then go back over the road and clamber down to the edge of the Great Fault Line escarpment and the Naxxar Gap Cart Ruts. This section of Malta’s Victoria Lines shows a real mixture of construction, design and repairs. In some parts only a fraction of the top of the wall remains but you get to see smaller trenches now overgrown.

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Fortified wall at the Naxxar Gap section of Malta’s Victoria Lines, walking route towards the East coast.

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Remains of the defensive wall and trench at Naxxar Gap. Between the end of the Maltese limestone quarry and the small square building sticking up in the middle of the photo are the Naxxar Cart Ruts.

The Naxxar Gap Cart Tracks are very impressive examples of Malta’s Cart Tracks. In this location the Cart ruts curve steeply up or down the slope of the Great Fault Line escarpment. How were the Cart Ruts formed? When? Why? Are they man made or natural?

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Before you reach the nd of the Naxxar Gap section of Malta’s Victoria Lines, you will need to go round a modern building. You can not go round it “inland” as the trench of Malta’s Victoria Lines will stop you.

If you are walking from East to West then this is the view you will have at the start of the Naxxar Gap section, just above the Naxxar Cart Tracks. Fort Mosta is the large grey building on the edge of the hill on the right of the photo.

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Climb up or down through the Cacti and cross the main road where the roundabout is. You have just finished walking the Fort Mosta to Naxxar gap section of Malta’s Victoria Lines, or, about to start it 🙂

Fort Mosta is the squat grey building you can see above the Cactus.

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Naxxar Gap roundabout.

Next part of the walking guideNaxxar Gap to Gharghur section.

Fort Mosta section Victoria Lines Malta map and walking

Fort Mosta section of the Victoria Lines Malta map route and walking guide

fort mosta guide and route path along the Victoria Lines Malta

The Fort Mosta section of the Victoria Lines Malta is very short but it provides an obstacle in that Fort Mosta and the new buildings around it stop easy access for a continous walk along the full route of the Victoria Lines Malta.

The very short stretch by the Mosta Public Gardens is very easy to walk along and provides a nice place to rest in the shade.

Fort Mosta Victoria Lines Malta map and walking route

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Either the start or end of you hiking along the Mosta Fort section of the Victoria Lines Malta. You have to cross the very busy main road between Mgarr and Mosta and either come down or up the smaller road with the poles beside it.

mosta public gardens location Victoria Lines Malta

This is the wall of the Mosta Public Gardens but if you go to the left of the road and jump down you will be along a small verge and the edge of the Great Fault Line escarpment.

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This shows how parts of the Victoria Lines Malta walls were constructed. This only goes on for a short while before you reach the part that has been made for the general public to walk along.

Victoria Lines Malta

Straweberry Field in Malta in time for the Mgarr Festa Frawli (Straweberry Festival). You can catch a ‘Park and Ride’ bus to the Mgarr Festa Frawli (Straweberry Festival) from Ta Qali National Park

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This short section of the Victoria Lines Malta offers great spring flowers and good views to the North of the Island of Malta. It is also a great spot for a picnic or to relax and sit in the shade with a few beers on a hot summers day. There are a number of small shady wooded areas for you to keep cool under.

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Very safe and touristy friendly section of the Victoria Lines Malta at Fort Mosta.

Victoria Lines Malta loop holes

Fort Mosta in the distance as you walk along the route of the Victoria Lines Malta from West to East (Kuncizzjon to Madliena). This section has basic musketry loop holes, not as well built as the loop holes at Bingemma Gap and its Stop Wall.

Fort Mosta is actually an obstacle to you walking along the Victoria Lines Malta and care needs to be taken when getting round it, as I found out!

musketry loop holes Victoria Lines Malta

Rifle loop holes and the view if you are walking the Victoria Lines Malta from East to West, heading from Fort Mosta to the Dwejra Lines.

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Fort Mosta and the path route along the Victoria Lines Malta. It looks great in the spring with all the wild flowers blooming.

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At Fort Mosta when walking the Victoria Lines Malta the path route is stopped by Fort Mosta. You have to make a decision here. Depending on how fit you are, if you don’t mind going on a farmers land or if you want to try something that very few people have!

1. If you are not fit and do not want to trespass on a farmers field then you will need to go back the route you have come towards the Mosta Public Gardens and either cut through the school or whatever educational facility it is there and then get along the road to the Mosta Fort and Mosta Bridge (heading to Naxxar).

2. When you come to the end of the path and meet the wire fence of Fort Mosta you can climb around the dumped rubble and up the slope onto the farmers field. Here you can either go left and climb over some fences and try not to end up in Fort Mosta or you can go across the farmers field and out through the fence and along the small road. When you get to the end of the road turn left towards the roundabout and cross the Mosta Bridge towards Naxxar.

3. You can go for the t-shirt of ‘I HAVE walked the full length of the Victoria Lines Malta’. You go round the outside of Fort Mosta along the edge of the Great Fault Line, follow the Fort Mosta walls round, then carry on followign the defensive wall, the actual Victoria Lines wall that joins up to it, follow that to the edge of the Wied. Then you … either go straight down to the ruins of the bridge or find another way down. Then you have to climb up the Wied or go up through the quarry. This is not the recommended route of course but has to be the most fun if you enjoy a true challenge.

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Farmers field that you have to cross over if you dont want to go back on yourself or you want to walk from the start of the Fort Mosta to Targa Gap section of the Victoria Lines Malta. But watch out!

Where there’s muck there’s brass

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One of the surprises in the farmers field is a cow herd. Malta has fresh milk but you dont see any cows out in the open. Mostly the cows of Malta are fed on pellets, not grazing happily out in the open like cows in other countries. Not enough grass or hay for them to feed on and not enough room or fields or meadows or whatever cows need to grow milk.

I have only ever seen a cow herd in the open in Malta in the San Gwann valley. So imagine my delight and surprise at finding a cow herd at Fort Mosta! But of course where there are cows there is cow slurry and a lot of it.

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If you are in a slight rush and not thinking things through and decide to take a 15 meter short cut to save time …

You might step in a nice cow slurry pond. Then have to wash your legs down from the knees.

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Where theres muck theres brass.

The gate you need to walk through is in the photograph by the house, just walk along the very obvious dirt track in the middle of the field. And as they said very wisely in ‘An American Werewolf in London’ and a phrase I often said but chose to ignore when I needed it most … Boys, keep off the moors, stick to the roads.

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Map showing Targa Gap road and Mosta Public Gardens – Victoria Lines Malta

Victoria Lines Malta fort mosta walking route location map

Map showing Fort Mosta walking route and locations to walk the pathway of the Victoria Lines Malta

Map co-ordinates Fort Mosta walk section of Victoria Lines Malta

These are Google Earth co-ordinates, not taken in situ.
Targa Gap 35°55’2.77″N 14°24’52.89″E

Mosta Public Gardens 35°55’7.82″N 14°25’7.95″E

End/start of Fort Mosta path 35°55’17.41″N 14°25’28.84″E

Farmers field gate entrance/exist 35°55’12.18″N 14°25’30.11″E

Road entance/exist to farmers house 35°55’6.93″N 14°25’30.53″E

Mosta Bridge 35°55’4.40″N 14°25’36.93″E

Old ruined bridge 35°55’15.37″N 14°25’49.98″E

Next part of the walking guideFort Mosta to Naxxar Gap section.

Falka Gap to Targa Gap (Mosta) Victoria Lines Malta map and walk

Falka Gap to Targa Gap (Mosta) section of the Victoria Lines Malta map and walk

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Falka Gap to Targa Gap Victoria Lines Malta map and walk

Walking along the Victoria Lines Malta and the route between the Dwejra Lines to the Falka Gap and then on to the Targa Gap (Mosta) is a short stroll. If you are hiking the route from the Dwejra Lines to the Targa Gap then it is downhill.

If you are walking along the Victoria Lines Malta route from West to East you will suddenly notice something that you have not heard for a long time. The sound of a lot of traffic. From the peace and quiet of the western side of Malta, you hear a growing noise.

It really shows how omnipresent the background noise of cars and commercial life is. Only late at night do you also hear something similar if you live in a town.

If you are walking the Victoria Lines Malta route from East to West, from Madliena to Fomm Ir-Rih (Kuncizzjoni) then this is the start of the real countryside of Malta, as soon as you get across the main road leading from Mosta to Mgarr and up to the Dwejra Lines. Welcome to Malta 🙂

Falka Gap to Targa Gap Victoria Lines Malta map and walk

Victoria Lines Malta Falka Gap mosta walking hiking trekking route maltese path guide

At the Eastern end of the Dwejra Lines nearly the whole of the North, East and parts of the south of Malta appear into view. You are just under halfway of the walking the Victoria Lines Malta but the route gets (mostly) much easier from now on. Apart from a couple of lung buster climbs across the Wieds (Valleys/Wadi’s) at Ghargur!

But as the Victoria Lines Malta are a defensive fortification of walls, trenches and forts built across the Island of Malta you can not just go straight ahead at this point.

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To carrying on walking the route of the Victoria Lines Malta from Dwejra to Targa Gap (Mosta) you need to go south about 100 yards along the road and through this gap in another part of the wall. Then walk round and leave the tarmac road and go onto the dirt road.

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Dwejra Lines to Falka Gap walking route along the Victoria Lines Malta

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Dwejra Lines at the top of the hill. Looking back up the route or …

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The path you will take if walking from Mosta Fort, Targa Gap, Falka Gap up to the Dwejra Lines

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The main road from Mosta to Mgarr cuts across the Victoria Lines Malta. You just need to cross it and then walk along the road that carries on towards the coast that you can see in this image.

Be a bit careful on this road as there is a large quarry along it and lorries will speed past.

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This is the small section you have just walked down or got to walk up to (Falka Gap), that leads up to the Dwejra Lines.

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Amazingly enough if you did not know the Victoria Lines Malta where beside the road you would not know its there! There is a small bank and depending on the time of year it may be overgrown with shrubbery. Inside trench the local people grow fruit trees.

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Seemingly out of nowhere appears a large Maltese limestone quarry. If you walk the Victoria Lines Malta at the weekend this will be eerily deserted and silent. And it also means less chance of you being mown down and killed by a lorry but an increase that the locals, famous for their italian style of driving (sic), will get you instead.

The good thing about this road is that although there is no path, most of the Maltese use the main roads and will not drive along the ‘country’ roads. Those that do are usually driving at a slow pace as what is the need to rush on such a small island? If you drive like a maniac you will damage your car more and get there a couple of minutes quicker.

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The Targa Gap is getting closer and so is an increase in the background noise level. A nice house with a nice view

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Targa Battery section along the Victoria Lines Malta. Either the route downhill you have walked or the uphill route you will be taking to get up to the Dwejra Lines

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Part of the Targa Battery section or built later? Small houses/billets built in the trench of the Victoria Lines Malta.

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Some of these are lived in or used as day houses as there are canaries outside.

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The road and walking route down to the Targa Gap and the Mosta Public Gardens. You need to cross over the very busy road and start to carry on along the road at the side of the large modern wall.

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2nd World War Pill Box now turned into a bus stop?

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You have either walked come down the road opposite or that is the road you need to walk up (if going from Mosta Fort to Dwejra Lines which is East to West).

Next part of the walking guideFort Mosta section.

Dwejra Lines – Victoria Lines Malta map and walk route

Dwejra Lines – Victoria Lines Malta map and walking route guide

the Dwerja Lines Malta give a scenic view for photographs showing the British built wall

The Dwejra Lines Malta give a scenic view for photographs showing the British built wall. Notice the trees that are now grown inside the Dwejra section of the Victoria Lines Malta.

The Dwejra section of the Victoria Lines Malta provides one of the best sections when walking the Victoria Lines Malta. You can Hike along the full length of this British built defensive fortification walls section.

This is one of the easiest sections to walk along as you dont have much choice but to follow the Line or the track that runs just behind it.

Dwejra Lines Victoria Lines Malta guide

The Dwejra Lines section of the Victoria Lines Malta give a very scenic view when trekking along it of both the North and South of the Maltese islands.

Victoria Lines Malta the Dwejra section finished for Queen Victorias Jubilee celebtration in 1897

The Victoria Lines Malta the Dwejra section finished for Queen Victoria’s Jubilee celebration in 1897

the Dwejra Lines Malta location can be found north of Mdina along the Queen Victoria fortified wall

The Dwejra Lines Malta location can be found north of Mdina along Queen Victoria’s fortified wall

the Dwejra Victoria Lines Malta are defensive fortifications and walls built by the British in 1897

The Dwejra Victoria Lines Malta are defensive fortifications and walls built by the British in 1897. When hiking this section of the Victoria Lines Malta you will get a fine view and some great scenic photographs of the North of the island of Malta. When trekking along the Dwejra Lines you will also be able to see the island of Gozo.

gunnery emplacements positions along the Victoria Lines Malta Dwejra (sometimes spelt as Dwerja) section

Gunnery emplacements positions along the Victoria Lines Malta Dwejra section with a view of the north section of the Maltese island and countryside.

The Bingemma Gap defensive bridge along the Victoria Lines Malta at the end of the Dwejra Lines

The Bingemma Gap defensive bridge along the Victoria Lines Malta at the end of the Dwejra Lines.

The Bingemma Gap foot bridge that you cros when walking, hiking or trekking along the Victoria Lines Malta at the end or the start of the Dwerja Lines section

The Bingemma Gap foot bridge that you cross when walking, hiking or trekking along the Victoria Lines Malta at the end or the start of the Dwejra Lines section

Next part of the walking guideFalka Gap to Targa Gap section.

Bingemma Fort to Bingemma Gap Victoria Lines Malta map and walk

Bingemma Fort to Bingemma Gap section walk and map of the Victoria Lines Malta

Victoria Lines Malta

Hiking along the Victoria Lines Malta and the Bingemma Fort to Bingemma Gap is the last or first section of “wild” that you will walk along. If you hike from Bingemma Fort you will end up at the famous Bingemma Gap and the start of the Dwejra Lines.

The Bingemma Fort to Bingemma Gap section is not that long and the terrain is fairly easy with only a few overgrown places.

Bingemma Fort to Bingemma Gap section of the Victoria Lines Malta map and walk

Victoria Lines Malta

One of the best things about hiking along the Victoria Lines Malta is that your general hiking route is easy to spot, as it is along the cliff edge of the escarpment or cliffs.

Only a few houses block the path route, like these houses in the distance built on the wall.

Victoria Lines Malta

The defensive walls follow the edge of the great fault line so its not always a straight hike along Malta’s Victoria Lines.

Victoria Lines Malta

The Bingemma Fort to Bingemma Gap section of the walls are well maintained, with only a small section on the Bingemma Gap headland being rough due to its location and environment.

Victoria Lines Malta

The view up to Bingemma Fort showing the cliff edge and how effective the Maltese Victoria Lines would have been if they had been attacked at this point.

Victoria Lines Malta

Houses built on the very edge of Malta’s Victoria Lines. You can go round them and then when you come to the driveway/path of the houses go straight ahead into the field and then left to the Victoria Lines. This saves you tramping on the house owners small field of crops in his backgarden.

Victoria Lines Malta

Looking inland the stand alone and all surveying Nadur Tower. When you get further round to the Bingemma Gap you could visit the Bingemma Gap Cart Ruts and also Nadur Tower.

Victoria Lines Malta

Bingemma Gap Church (red roofed building) and the start of the Dwejra Lines. The Victoria Lines Malta go near the Church which has a cave/shrine below it. There are also ancient stone age and Roman catacombs and tombs around this area in the cliffs.

Victoria Lines Malta

Just before the Bingemma Gap the Maltese Victoria Line become impressive and have this interesting part. There are square holes leading out of the wall and some sort of walkway.

On the top of the hill in the background you will find the Bingemma Gap (Nadur) Cart Ruts and the amazing giant fulgurites or natural limestone discharge lines. Also in that direction is the road that leads to the Nadur Tower and to even more strange limestone formations.

Victoria Lines Malta

Does any one know what these horizontal oblong tunnels were for? You can find the entrances a few meters off the path down in the undergrowth.

Victoria Lines Malta

How were some parts of Malta’s Victoria Lines constructed and how did they use the natural terrain and rock to build some of the larger wall sections that you can hike along?

Victoria Lines Malta

It looks like at the Bingemma Gap they removed the cliff edge to form a smooth surface and put the limestone blocks and masonry on top of it.

Victoria Lines Malta

Cross the road to carry on along the Victoria Lines Malta to the Dwejra Lines section or you can go left down the road to the Church.

Victoria Lines Malta

The Bingemma Gap stop wall and Death Valley to any invading army if they went this route.

Next part of the walking guideDwejra Lines section.

Kuncizzjoni to Bingemma Fort section – Victoria Lines Malta map and walk

Kuncizzjoni to Bingemma Fort – Victoria Lines Malta map and walk
Victoria Lines Malta

The Kuncizzjoni to Bingemma Fort walking route along the Maltese Victoria Lines is a great section of the Victoria Lines to walk along. It offers superb views of the north of Malta all the way to Gozo.

The Bingemma Fort to Kuncizzjoni walking path, beside the Maltese Victoria Lines, can be very overgrown in places. You can not be shy walking this section as you will have to cross peoples fields and go through “private” and “RTO” signs. But the effort is worth the reward.

Kuncizzjoni to Bingemma Fort – Victoria Lines Malta walk route

Victoria Lines Malta

Lots of good scenery and views of North Malta

Victoria Lines Malta

If you look south you will see the town of Bahrija, famous for its Sunday rabbit restaurants

Victoria Lines Malta

Malta’s famous and sometimes strange hunting hideouts

Victoria Lines Malta

The start of the walking route from Kuncizzjoni to Bingemma Fort is nice and easy with most of it being along a road.

The Maltese Victoria Lines and the ease of hiking the pathway then go downhill for a short section. This is where you have to not be shy and also look ahead as to where you want to go.

Victoria Lines Malta

You will come to what appears to be the end of the Maltese Victoria Lines in a small field with 2 “private” signs. Do not go through the gate with the large new wall as you wont be able to get out of the field. Go across the field until you come to the stop wall

Victoria Lines Malta

Maltese wild flowers appear in spring

Victoria Lines Malta

Malta wild flower meadows in full bloom

Victoria Lines Malta

Maltese Victoria Lines “Stop Wall” that you need to cross.

Victoria Lines Malta

Once across you will have to go through another field and then turn left and down the alley way between the 2 houses. Ignore the “private” sign as the Maltese Victoria Lines are only a few meters away.

Victoria Lines Malta

You will need to turn right/east and you then see ahead the edge of the escarpment and where you eventually need to end up to keep walking the Maltese Victoria Lines. Due to it being spring I found it easier to climb up and walk along the Maltese Victoria Lines itself.

Victoria Lines Malta

And then suddenly there is a reminder of what the Maltese Victoria Lines were designed and built for. A killing structure. You will see a great section of the Maltese Victoria Lines that also extends down into the field below.

Victoria Lines Malta

After this there is a rough section of wild bushes and shrubbery. Head for the house and try to find a way through. Once you are through then get on the road you will need to take the road going up, the road on the right, the dead end for cars.

Victoria Lines Malta

If you are walking from Bingemma Fort to Kuncizzjoni it is easier to see where you need to go for the difficult section described above. You need to head towards the large building shown above and then towards the building with the blue blinds but you wont be able to see the blue blinds from the side.

Victoria Lines Malta

View of Il Pellegrin

Victoria Lines Malta

Victoria Lines Malta

Bingemma Fort is now close (right hand edge of photograph). This shortish part of the walk along the cliff edge is scenic and peaceful. Then only one more section where you have to climb or find your way round a small obstacle.

Victoria Lines Malta

Victoria Lines Malta

You need to go down this pathway and climb up and over some fields to get to Bingemma Fort which is only 100 meters away

Victoria Lines Malta

Victoria Lines Malta

If you are hiking the route from Bingemma Fort to Kuncizzjoni you will need to head in the direction of the house on the left of these buildings.

Victoria Lines Malta

Bingemma Fort, a good place to have a break, water and some food. If you go round and sit on the other side you can see the Bingemma Lines section all the way up to Dwejra.

Next part of the walking guideBingemma Fort to Bingemma Gap section.

Kuncizzjoni Victoria Lines Malta – walk and map route

Kuncizzjoni Victoria Lines Malta – walk route and map guide

Victoria Lines Malta

Kuncizzjoni – Victoria Lines Malta guide

The Victoria Lines Malta have a spectacular end or start when you walk the Lines. Kuncizzjon is at the start or end of the Victoria Lines Malta depending on which way you walk the Lines.

Victoria Lines Malta

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If you do not have transport to pick you up at one end when walking the Victoria Lines Malta, I would suggest you start at Kuncizzjoni and walk your way to the center or other end of the Victoria Lines. As you can easily get the bus at various places along the lines such as Mosta, Naxxar Gap and Madliena/Pembroke. Without a car you will need to get a bus to or from Bahrija and walk to or from Kuncizzjoni.

Kuncizzjoni start end of Victoria Lines Malta walk

To start or end your walk along the Victoria Lines Malta you will go along a path from a “car park” at the end of the road by a house. You can not see the Victoria Lines from the path as they start just over the brow of the hill (the Fault Line escarpment).

Victoria Lines Malta

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Walking along the Victoria Lines from west to east (Kuncizzjoni to Madliena) you will enter the fortification lines by a short back entrance. If its not high summer then it may be very overgrown!

You will find a WW2 Pill Box and if you go left you will walk down to the end of the wall of the Victoria Lines.

Victoria Lines Malta

If you go right (west) you will start walking along the Victoria Lines and head up to the interesting Kuncizzjoni small fort and search light buildings

Victoria Lines Malta

Victoria Lines Malta

You should go down and through the small fort and then go up the hill. A part of this section is dilapidated so be a little bit careful, especially if its moist. Then follow the Victoria Lines east.

Victoria Lines Malta

Victoria Lines Malta

Victoria Lines Malta

Walking along the Victoria Lines Malta from East to West you will go down the hill to the small Kuncizzjoni fort

Victoria Lines Malta

Either way you walk along the Victoria Lines Malta you should go through the tunnel to the side of the search light building and into the small fort.

Next part of the walking guideKuncizzjoni to Bingemma Fort section.

Map guide and walk route along the Victoria Lines Malta

Map guide and walk route to walking along Malta’s Victoria Lines.

Individual sections guide of the Victoria Lines Malta

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Kuncizzjoni (start/finish)
Kuncizzjoni to Bingemma Fort
Bingemma Fort to Bingemma Gap
Dwejra Lines
Falka Gap to Targa Gap
Fort Mosta
Fort Mosta to Naxxar Gap
Naxxar Gap to Gharghur

These hiking map guides on this site are the most detailed available online.

The Victoria Lines Book and Foldout Map

walking maps malta victoria lines hiking There is an official book with a foldout map but it is priced €35.00 and if you are not in Malta or Australia you will then have to pay extra for postage.

This book is not available on Amazon but you can buy The Victoria Lines book and map by Ray Cachia Zammit, direct from the Maltese publishers Book Distributors Limited (who do lots of very interesting books about Malta and Gozo).

Map of walk route along the Victoria Lines Malta

Victoria Lines Malta walk route path from Kuncizzjoni to Madliena Heights Fort Madliena Fort Pembroke

General advice and help to walking the Victoria Lines Malta

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Walking the Victoria Lines Malta is a great day out and a brilliant way to get a view of most of the island and experience Malta from its very peaceful coast and countryside in the West to the hustle and bustle of the East. The problem for most visitors is where to start walking the route across the island? What route do I follow? How do I get either there or back without transport?

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Why is the walk route of the Victoria Lines Malta not marked on the map?
The main problem with working out a route and how to walk along the Malta’s Victoria Lines is that, although the name would suggest it stretches across the island and is easy to find, you normally can not find a walking route on a standard map. That is because the “Lines” (fortified walls and trenches) were not built along every inch of the Great Fault Line escarpment, so maps do not mark them or the walking route across the whole island of Malta.

But with a decent map it will show the Great Fault line and just by looking ahead and sticking to the edge of the escarpment you should find your way. There are a couple of tricky bits that we have giving warnings or instructions on in our walking guides to each individual section of Malta’s Victoria Lines.

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Is it easy to find the Victoria Lines Malta walking route?
It is easy to follow and walk along Malta’s Victoria lines route if you know where to start, finish and the main Forts or Lines on the route. When you know the walking route you can then see it much easier on your map.

Basically you follow the Great Fault Line escarpment. It is easy to do once your start walking the route. There are only a couple of small sections where you have to go round some houses, across a field or round a limestone quarry.

The VictoriaLinesMalta.com walk and photo guides will show you where the slight obstacles are or where you should be heading to get to the next section. The Fort Mosta to the Naxxar Gap section may provide the biggest challenge on what route to go but that is still easy enough if you know what is going to happen.

How long does it take to walk the Victoria Lines Malta?
It will normally take about 6-8 hours depending on what else you visit or explore and how many breaks you have. Perhaps longer in the full summer heat or if you are really enjoying it and having a nice relaxing stroll.

Victoria Lines Malta walking route – Kuncizzjoni start/finish
Victoria Lines Malta walk route west finish start Kuncizzjoni Fomm Ir-Rih path guide trek hike hiking trekking car park

What is the route to walk along the Victoria Lines Malta?
You either start or end in the West of Malta at Kuncizzjoni (near Bahrija and Fomm Ir-Rih Bay) or start and end at Madliena, Pembroke or Gharghur in the East. That’s the simple part. Between them is constantly changing scenery and the state of the path of the Victoria Lines themselves!

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Because you are going to walk across the Island of Malta you will have to be dropped off, picked up or catch public transport at one end.

If you start your walking route of the Victoria Lines Malta at Kuncizzjoni (West) then you end up at Madliena/Pembroke (East) which is very near St Julians and the Bus Routes. This is the route I would recommend as you end up in the towns so can get food and drink if needed or if the walk has been to much for you then you can easily get a bus or taxi.

Kuncizzjoni (entrance/exit from the Victoria Lines Malta) Google Earth coordinates 35°54’13.96″N 14°20’44.07″E

Victoria Lines Malta walking route – Madliena or Pembroke start/finish

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If you start walking the Victoria Lines Malta at Madliena/Pembroke then this is easy to get to. At the other end of the walk I am not sure how you would get back if you dont have transport or someone to pick you up, although buses must run from Bahrija. Or you can call Wembleys or e-cabs but that may cost you 30-40 euros (but if you are on holiday then what is that for the price of a great day out?). Or you could walk up to Mgarr or into Rabat/Mdina I guess.

Why Madliena or Pembroke? The fortied wall itself starts/finishes at Madliena Heights but there is the very impressive and hidden away Fort Madliena very close by. Then down in Pembroke you have the Pembroke Barracks and the very hidden away Fort Pembrokes. Where do you consider the Maltese Victoria Lines to finish?

Madliena Heights Car Park Google Earth coordinates 35°55’56.40″N 14°27’23.27″E

Fort Madliena 35°55’50.66″N 14°27’42.90″E

Fort Pembroke 35°55’37.75″N 14°28’50.51″E

What sites will you see or visit when walking along the route of the Victoria Lines Malta?
There are lots of things to see and visit on and around the walking route of the Victoria Lines Malta. It all depends on what you are interested in and how much time you have.

Malta walking maps

Malta Gozo walking maps

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There are a few good maps of Malta and Gozo. As these islands are very small there is not a lot of demand for walking route maps.

This is reflected by there only being one recognised walking route map, which is written in German/Italian but works as a map is a map.

When hiking around Malta and Gozo you can see most of the island and your route, so you can use other detailed road maps to help you plan your routes and stick to the path.

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