“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The newly waymarked section of the Abraham Path is the first waymarked trail in all of Jordan! This May, groups of volunteers from the local Jordanian Youth Organization, the Peace Corps, and the UK Friends of Abraham’s Path helped waymark the Abraham Path in the region of Ajloun. Led by local guides from the Al Ayoun Society and Abraham Path Initiative staff, the groups ventured out onto the trail with paint brushes in hand.
Walkers will now find red and white blazes painted on rocks and metal poles all along the route. More weekend groups led by the Al Ayoun Society and members of local communities went out throughout the month of May to complete marking the entire trail across the Ajloun region.
Between the city of Ajloun and the Jordan Valley, walkers wander from an Arab citadel past Byzantine mosaics and Roman ruins, through expansive forests and green wadis, happening upon megalithic dolmens and hot springs, enjoying the hospitality of villages in between. In the village of Rasoun, walkers may visit theRoyal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) Soap House, Calligraphy House, and Biscuit House, all run by local women and showcasing locally-made products.
The Abraham Path in the Ajloun region is comprised of five walking stages or five days of walking, covering approximately 55 kilometers (34 miles). Trail surfaces vary from earthen farm tracks to rugged footpaths to paved roads in order to balance the Abraham Path’s connection to communities, nature, and historic and cultural sites. The route of the Abraham Path has been scouted locally by the communities it connects in coordination with partners in the Abraham Path network. Most of these walking trails are re-purposed ancient ways, familiar to locals and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
Many sections of the Abraham Path in other regions are currently also marked or are in the process of being waymarked. Waymarking is an essential tool not only for navigation and trail safety, but also for helping to focus environmental impact on one specific pathway. Waymarking makes the trails more accessible to people from both the local community and the global community.
The newly-marked Abraham Path will now be woven into the landscape of Ajloun for generations to come.