Loop: Strzyza Valley and its surroundings

The route is full of long climbs and fast descents (including typical single tracks). It leads mostly along comfortable forest paths crossing nature reserves and picturesque valleys. Although it is not the easiest one, the effort made is fully compensated by our close contact with the nature of the Tri-city Landscape Park.

The starting point

The starting point for our journey will be the PKM(Pomeranian Metropolitan Railway) Jasien stop. From here, we move around the old military training ground, now turned into a recreational and leisure park, driving around the retention reservoir along the path that surrounds it. After a while, we turn left on a dirt road along the Jasien stream, which will lead us along the edge of the forest to the Strzyza Valley reserve.

The beginning of the route, near the Jasien Reservoir. Photo Piotr Ksiązek / Pomorskie.Travel

The beginning of the route, near the Jasien Reservoir. Photo Piotr Ksiązek / Pomorskie.Travel

The beginning of the route, near the Jasien Reservoir. Photo Piotr Ksiązek / Pomorskie.Travel

The beginning of the route, near the Jasien Reservoir. Photo Piotr Ksiązek / Pomorskie.Travel

The path through the reserve offers us a long, quick drive along a very picturesque route, leading along the slope of the valley. It’s easy to accelerate here, effectively raising the level of an adrenaline, but we must remember that the path is also used by pedestrians (often wandering in the opposite direction to us, from Matemblewo), while the surface itself is marked here and there by deeper furrows washed by rains. Keeping this in mind and the trees growing at the edge of the path – remember about the helmet (which should be an obligatory element of every bicycle ride). The end of this section is marked by the crossing of the Strzyza stream.

Ahead of us is one of the longest (though not the sharpest) climbs on the route – climbing Matemblewo Hill. A narrow, winding path will lead us there – and although the next several minutes will cost us a little more energy and strength, the circumstances of nature will reward us again with the painstaking pedalling.

The road to the top of Matemblewo Hill. Photo Piotr Ksiązek / Pomorskie.Travel

The road to the top of Matemblewo Hill. Photo Piotr Ksiązek / Pomorskie.Travel

We emerge from the forest at Matarnia for a while

the forest at Matarnia for a while and cross Slowackiego Street. On the other side, we plunge into the Tri-City Landscape Park again, entering the Swedish Dyke. It is worth mentioning that we are now following the road, the history of which dates back to the 17th century – according to the legend, the Swedish invaders who planned to conquer Oliwa from the forest. It also played the role of the main link between the Matemblewo village and the monastery in Oliwa.

Slowly twirling the pedals we reach the intersection with Monk Road, where we can make a stop using the forest shelter. Charged up, we start the ride along a wide forest path towards the Samborowo Valley all the way to its very beginning. Halfway up the descent becomes a bit steeper, bumpy and winding. Here, too, the route is conducive to stepping on the pedals more – but we must remain vigilant all the time, remembering both about possible walkers and natural obstacles in the form of roots, stones and water holes. We end this part of our rally at the height of a wooden cross (the beginning of the Stations of the Cross Road leading through the Oliwa forests), standing on the edge of a small parking lot at the top of Abrahama Street.

A stop at the intersection of the Swedish Dyke and the Monk Road. Photo Piotr Ksiązek / Pomorskie.Travel

A stop at the intersection of the Swedish Dyke and the Monk Road. Photo Piotr Ksiązek / Pomorskie.Travel

A stop at the intersection of the Swedish Dyke and the Monk Road. Photo Piotr Ksiązek / Pomorskie.Travel

A stop at the intersection of the Swedish Dyke and the Monk Road. Photo Piotr Ksiązek / Pomorskie.Travel

At the junction of the forest roads, we turn right and after a dozen or so meters we face the greatest fitness challenge. There is a short but quite steep uphill ride to the top of the moraine hill along which the Lipnicka Road leads. We will test our condition here – seasoned cyclists will ride on their own (which will now strain a bit), those less frequent cyclists will have to get off from the bike.

When we reach the top, despite the fact that we will continue the drive to the right, it is worth taking a clear path to the left towards the “Osiedle Młodych” in Oliwa. It will lead us to the top of the hill, commonly known as “Lagry”. In the 1970s and 1980s, a small ski lift operated here. Only the foundations of the concrete machine room have survived to this day. Although we will not ski here anymore, we can admire the view of Wrzeszcz without any problems.

Drive through the Hussar Gorge reserve. Photo Piotr Ksiązek / Pomorskie.Travel

Drive through the Hussar Gorge reserve. Photo Piotr Ksiązek / Pomorskie.Travel

Drive through the Hussar Gorge reserve. Photo Piotr Ksiązek / Pomorskie.Travel

Drive through the Hussar Gorge reserve. Photo Piotr Ksiązek / Pomorskie.Travel

We return to Lipnicka Road – a comfortable forest path leads slightly uphill for about a kilometre until a clear, double intersection of forest routes. Turning left, we will find a narrow path that will lead us through the edge of the Hussar Gorge reserve, up to the underground passage under Slowackiego Street. From here we will get to the Sanctuary in Matemblewo and then to the finish line – at the starting point, at the PKM Jasien stop, along a wide, paved road.

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