The diversity of landscape and its features make Pomorskie the perfect place for enjoying cycling tourism. Everyone can find their cup of tea here: Kashubia is dotted with hills, Żuławy is dominated by plains, and Kociewie and Powiśle combine these two forms.
Enthusiasts of mountain cycling will most certainly take a liking to the Kashubian hills in the vicinity of Kartuzy and Chmielno. The cycling-path network may not be particularly well developed here but the region offers, in turn, some great hiking trails, a multitude of which meander throughout the most beautiful parts of the Kashubian “Switzerland”. But, mind you, there are some significant altitude gains and losses on the way, whereby at times the stretches tend to be mountain-like. In the western part of Kashubia, in between Bytów and Słupsk, there is a cycling path particularly worth taking. It runs through the Słupia Valley Landscape Park, whose highlights are water-power plants unique on the European scale. The key trail around Słupsk is called the the Ring of the House of Griffins. One part of it spreads over the Checkered Land, with its symbolic capital, Swołowo, entitled the Pomeranian Village of Cultural Heritage. The trail is a typical example of the region’s local architecture, with its characteristic wooden-frame cabins.
Some less-demanding routes may be found in other parts of Kashubia, near Kościerzyna and Chojnice. But the most thrilling cycling paths are located in the region of the Wdzydze Landscape Park (near Kościerzyna) and the Tuchola Forest (“Bory Tucholskie”) National Park (near Chojnice). The routes wind their way through park areas of the greatest natural value, thus giving tourists the opportunity to commune with the wealth of nature accessible there. Visitors will also marvel at its spectacular landscapes, such as the surroundings of Lake Wdzydze, located in the Wdzydze Landscape Park, or the Seven Lakes’ Stream rambling through the Tuchola Forest National Park.
In the northern part of Kashubia a handsome new cycling path is being prepared, known as the Tourist Trail of Northern Kashubia. It will run through the Pucki and Wejherowski Districts, its length totalling 133km. It is planned to fringe all major towns and villages in both Districts holding tourist value, also comprising landscapes of unrivalled beauty.
The key element of the Northern Kashubian cycle-path network is the trail leading along the Hel Peninsula. It forms one of the most alluring and popular routes in Pomorskie. Running along the Hel Sandbar, it unfolds before the cyclists a magnificent view over the Bay of Puck. Another one of the path’s assets is its superb accessibility (by train and by sea!) at each stage of the ride.
An exceptionally well-developed system of cycle paths with varying difficulty levels is what the Kociewie region has to offer. The trails have been designed to run along dirt roads, forest paths, and low-traffic public roads. In addition to the experience of nature, trekking through these trails gives you the opportunity to enjoy some sightseeing in the major villages and towns of the Starogard and Tczew Districts, including Tczew, Pelplin, Gniew, Skarszewy and Starogard Gdański. An important factor in favour of tourism in Kociew is its accessibility. This is facilitated by the staging areas being located in cities with rail links (Starogard Gdański and Tczew).Tourists are therefore able to take advantage of rail transport in reaching the destinations of their choice and to enjoy the freedom to combine various routes, since the whole network is fully integrated.
Powiśle features a system of tourist trails located on the route between Kwidzyn, Sztum, Prabuty, Dzierzgoń and Malbork. At the forefront of cycle tourism is the local Powiśle Castle Trail stretching over more than 80km and connecting tourist landmarks in Malbork, Sztum, Prabuty, Przezmark and Dzierzgoń. The entire length of the trail network in Powiśle amounts to 240km.
As regards Żuławy’s most exciting cycle path, the title goes to the Mennonite Trail, which serves as the axis for the development of tourism in this unusual region. It extends over villages and towns which embody the cultural heritage of Żuławy and reflect the history of settlement in the Vistula Delta. The most precious of the trail’s attractions include unique arcade houses, Gothic churches, so-called Dutch farms, and relict Mennonite graveyards. Along the path there are information boards outlining the history of each structure, supplemented with photographs, maps and illustrations.