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!
Wdzydzki Park Krajobrazowy - tourist routes
Wdzydzki Landscape Park (Wdzydzki Park Krajobrazowy)
Forest complexes around “Kashubian Sea”, that is a complex of Wdzydze lakes, are on one hand an unusually valued by tourists place for recreation, sport and rest, and on the other – a quiet and cosy space of greatly maintained habitats of wild nature. Four trails marked out in Wdzydzki Park Krajobrazowy cover also magical places, as well as historic attractions – also those that go back to dim and distant past.
Because here, in the area of Wdzydze, its part has a green “Kręgi Kamienne” trail also called “Partyzancki”, that stretches from Sierakowice to Czarna Woda village. On the terrain of the Park, the route runs on a distance of 21 kilometres, and the majority of that are forests. The hike covers numerous hill forts from various historic periods, as well as popular among esotericism and parapsychology enthusiasts burial grounds of Goths and Gepids in Węsiory and Odry, commonly called the stone henges. Another interesting point of the route is Diabelski Kamień [Devil Rock], that is a 2-metres high and almost 5-metres wide glacial erratic. According to the legend, the devil wanted to destroy the local chapel with a giant rock. Approaching its aim, the devil got hit by a bright lightning and dropped the rock to the ground. When he tried to lift it again, the sun shined and the devil had to hide from it in the rock. In the rock's creak an iron cross was stuck, which to this day keeps the devil inside.
A red “Kaszubski” trail amounts to 135 kilometres and starts in Sierakowice village; it shows versatile assets of Kashubia region. Across the terrain of the Park, the route runs on a distance of 18 kilometres, entering it in Grzybowski Młyn. We will follow the course of rivers Trzebiocha and Wda, to reach Wdzydze Kiszewskie where awaits us Muzeum Kaszubskiego Parku Etnograficznego [Museum of Kashubian Ethnographic Park] which is worth paying a visit.
A patron of a blue trail is Izydor Gulgowski, a teacher, poet and publicist, a co-creator of Kaszubskie Towarzystwo Ludoznawcze [Ethnographic Kashubian Society]. Not a long (7.5 kilometres) trail has its start in Wdzydze Kiszewskie, from where we will go through pine forests to Gołuń settlement where there is a meeting point of all trails marked out on the terrain of the Park. On our way, we will also find small lakes Wałachy, Stryjek and Kotel, by which it is planned to create nature reserves. The trail ends on the periphery of Olpuch village in the area of PKS bus station.
A black “Wdzydzki” trail with a length of 19 kilometres, almost wholly lays on the terrain of the Park, and starts its course in Olpuch village. A forest route that links with blue and red trails runs on the eastern shore of Wdzydze lake across a forest included in the complex of Bory Tucholskie. The last point of the trail is a well-known Wiele, a Kashubian village, in the area of which there was built a cluster of 23 sacred objects, called Kalwaria Wielewska. In the village, there are organised Turnieje Gawędziarzy Ludowych Kaszub i Kociewia [Competitions of Folk Stroytellers of Kashubia and Kociewie].