Returning to this thread because plenty of good advice here, seems sensible to keep it together :
Planning to take daughter(s) down Aradena Gorge this August; I have walked the full gorge starting from Loutro, and shared video with the girls, so they have an idea of the challenge. Probably need to take the bus from Chora Sfakion to Aredena as they are not as enthusiastic about the heat as me - I was bred into it but epigenetics have not come in to effect, it seems.
I understand bus leaves Chora Sfakion at 0900 hrs - is this still the schedule?
One daughter is not very happy with heights, so we may need to take the route avoiding the ladders; she is sensible and will advise if she feels up to it, but I have not taken the steps route that goes around the challenging section, if I understand correctly. I did note a set of steps going up the right side of the gorge as one approaches the ladder section - is this the bypass route? Where does it return to the gorge?
The girls are reasonably fit and used to outdoor life - we walked up Snowdon last summer - and we have been visiting Crete for decade+, descended Imbros Gorge several times, so my main caution is the heat, and the ladder section. Thanks.