On Pomorskie trail
Comfortable shoes, a detailed map, useful can be also a working GPS. Moreover, packed lunch, a bottle of water and a raincoat just in case – you do not need much to start an exciting adventure during hikes on touristic trails. And there is many of them in the Pomorskie. The most interesting trails in the region can be found on the terrain or in the buffer zones of Pomorskie nature protection areas – two national parks (Słowiński, Bory Tucholskie), as well as 9 landscape parks.
Hikes can be started from the easier trails, to with time enter more diffcult level and conquer longer and more demanding trails. All are marked out in such a way as to cover both the nature treasures or interesting landscapes, as well as human creations, including regional symbols and secrets. While following Pomorskie trails, we will come across a more than 500-years-old grand Bartuś oak in Park Narodowy Bory Tucholskie, that with its name alludes to the Polish record-holder, around 700-year-old “Bartek” from the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship. Unforgettable moments will be ensured by red trail in Słowiński Park Narodowy that leads in its first part across the Baltic Sahara, that is dunes Łącka and Czołpińska. The highest hills on this trails are natural overlooks of the whole Park. It is also worth to stop on a yelllow trail of Park Krajobrazowy Dolina Słupi [Słupia Valley Landscape Park] and take a moment to see a huge glacial erratic, not by a coincidence called a dragon egg. It has been moved to the Pomorskie Region ages ago by an ice sheet, and to this day baffles with its size.
A black trail in Nadmorski Park Krajobrazowy [Coastal Landscape Park] will surprise us with a different nature monument in the form of glacial puddingstone caves with weirdly shaped stone columns. We will find them in a Kashubian village Mechowo, of which interesting history goes back to the 13th century. Whereas in Puszcza Darżlubska located in the north of Kashubia, for the seekers of inanimate nature treasures await other glacial erratics with telling names – Diableski Kamień [Devil's Stone] and Boża Stopka [Godly Foot]. A part of a blue trail of Brda, on the terrain of Tucholski Park Krajobrazowy [Tucholski Landscape Park], worth of a recommendation is Piekło [Hell] nature reserve. Located here boulder deposit area is classified as a nature monument, and the sinister name of this place was assigned by keelmen who, while flowing down the Brda, encountered here various obstacles. We can name interesting places with no end, but one thing is sure – each one of them is worth seeing.
During the hike signs will be our lead. They are located on trees, stones, posts or walls. They have a characteristic form of three adjoining to each other horizontal lines, of which two peripheral ones are white, whereas the colour of the middle one depends on the character of the trail – its length, rank and function.
Let's always stick to our trail to be sure nothing interesting gets past our attention. Let's go!
Tucholski Park Krajobrazowy- tourist routes
Tucholski Landscape Park fot.Rafał Borzyszkowski
Tucholski Landscape Park
Flowing among thick coniferous pine forests Brda river, constitutes an axis of Tucholski Park Krajobrazowy that offers to its guests a wide range of attractions of various character and tenor. Apart from a varied nature, we will find here traces of the Borowiacy culture, memorial sites from World War Two, and even an important achievement of Prussian engineering influenced by ancient Rome. On every of the marked out here trails, we will find noteworthy places. And the conditions for hiking are just perfect.
The main river of the Park has its own, marked blue, trail, that stretches from Bydgoszcz to Konarzyny village nearby Park Narodowy Bory Tucholskie [Bory Tucholskie National Park] and Zaborski Park Krajobrazowy [Zaborski Landscape Park]. In a part within Tucholski Park Krajobrazowy, the Brda trail passes, among others, Piekło [literally: Hell] nature reserve that in spite of its name charms with its beauty. Present here boulder deposit area is classified as a nature monument. A sinister name of this corner has been assigned by keelmen who, while flowing down the Brda, happened to stumble upon numerous obstacles. In its further course, the route leads north to Park Narodowy Bory Tucholskie.
Amateurs of hikes that are interested in history should know about more than 100-kilometre blue “Partyzantów AK” [“Home Army Partisans”] trail. In accordance to the name, it is dedicated to the armed combat that took place between soldiers of Armia Krajowa [Home Army] and Hitlerian invaders. On the route, we will observe the boards of Pomorskie Archiwum Armii Krajowej [Pomorskie Archive of Home Army] that supply a detailed history of this area. The trail starts in Czersk Świecki village and ends in Szlachta village, leading across the terrains of wild nature, mainly forests.
A 68-kilometre yellow “Kasztelański” trail starts its course on a forest area of Bory Tucholskie, nearby Rytel village – it is here where the gale from summer 2017 created the biggest havoc. Today, we can still see many broken like matches trees – it is a frightening but also a fascinating lesson of humility towards forces of nature. We will also cross interesting landscapes of Pojezierze Krajeńskie [Krajeńskie Lake District], that is so called “Kosznajderia” populated in Middle Ages by German people of Roman Catholic faith that descend from Dolna Saksonia [Lower Saxony]. The name of the trail has its genesis in castellan castle town in Raciąż, which is one of the points of the trail. In the area of Ludwichowo village, it is also worth to see six reinforced concrete bunkers that are the remains of the line of Polish defence circumvallation from the beginnings of World War Two.
Dedicated to Dr Kazimierz Karasiewicz is a 20-kilometre green trail, on the terrain of Tucholski Park Krajobrazowy that leads through villages: Woziwoda, Gołąbek and Rudzki Most. It is a trail of a strolling and educational character that can be visited by tourists of all ages. The patron of the trail was a doctor and a community activist, a sightseeing and ethnography enthusiast of Bory Tucholskie, who devoted most of his life in the 19th and early 20th century to describe these areas. The hike following the steps of Dr Karasiewicz helps to learn about the nature-landscape assets of Dolina Rzeki Brdy nature reserve.
A patron of a yellow trail, that is 35 kilometres long, is on the other hand Bartłomiej Nowodworski (around 1552-1624), knight of Malta, a courtier of Polish kings – Stefan Batory and Zygmunt III Waza, and was connected with an area of Bory Tucholskie. From Tuchole area, the trail leads to the south on the western bank of Brda, then on the terrain of Tucholski Park Krajobrazowy it turns to the east, to then lead us to glacial lakes (Gwiazda, Drzycimskie, Maiły, Wielkie Jezioro Cekcyńskie) before the Cekcyn village that ends the trail.
Along Wielki Kanał Brdy there runs a 16-kilometre long trail marked green. On the terrain of Tucholski Park Krajobrazowy the trail runs through villages: Rytel, Fojutowo and Legbąd. The main point of the trail is an aqueduct in Fojutowo (also included in “Partyzantów AK” trail) – one and only monument of hydrotechnical architecture inspired by aqueducts of ancient Rome. The impressing construction was built in the middle of 19th century by Prussian engineers in order to supply water from Brda to Łąki Czerskie complex. An interesting element of the trail is Legbąd and present there wooden houses.