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For the guests of Pomorskie who want to commune with local nature and see its various facets, there await nature trails. Their picturesque paths of various character and level of difficulty have been marked out by experts and connoisseurs of nature, who are familiar with local geography and existing here ecosystems. Pomorskie trails focus on nature wonders located on the terrain of two national parks (Słowiński Park Narodowy and Park Narodowy Bory Tucholskie), 9 landscape parks (Kaszubski [Kashubian], Nadmorski [Coastal], “Dolina Słupi” [“Słupia Valley”], “Mierzeja Wiślana” [“Vistula Spit], “Pojezierze Iławskie” [“Iława Lake District”], Trójmiejski [Tri-City], Tucholski, Wdzydzki and Zaborski), as well as 134 nature reserves.
While following the trails of for example Słowiński Park Narodowy we will get to know, on the one hand, nature-geographical phenomenon of moving dunes, and on the other – spectacular vegetation of pine coniferous forests and peat bogs, as well as bird habitats concentrated in the area of lakes Gardno and Dołgie Duże.
Nature trails of Park Narodowy Bory Tucholskie will allow us to get to know nature phenomena occurring on the meeting point of clear lakes and forests. We will see sites of special species of vegetation (like a twin flower – an example of a glacial relic), we will learn about, among others, the role of insects – bees, ants and sawyers – in the life of forest congeries.
PN Bory Tucholskie Bór chrobotkowy fot. Magdalena Kochanowska
Much to offer have also landscape parks. In Nadmorski Park Krajobrazowy we will see for ourselves what a special kind of a sea coast grand cliffs overgrown with pine coniferous forests are. In Kaszubski Park Krajobrazowy, numerous trails cross the areas of extremely diverse landform, with Raduńskie ribbon lakes, Wzgórza Szymbarskie [Szymbark Hills] or the complex of Lasy Mirachowskie [Mirachowskie Forests]. Local numerous nature reserves protect valuable plant species.
Wdzydzki Park Krajobrazowy Krzyż Jezior Wdzydzkich i Wdzydze fot.Wojciech Zdunek
It is worth to emphasize that one of the main aims of the trails is education, and a part of them is perfect for hikes with kids. “Szlak Alicji w zaczarowanym lesie” [“Alice in an enchanted forest trail”] in Leśny Ogród Botaniczny Marszewo [Marszewo Forest Botanical Garden] on the terrain of Nadleśnictwo Gdańsk [Gdańsk Forest District] is aimed at the youngest visitors. While climbing to the top of the hill, you can get immersed in the world of macroscale to face a gigantic lichen or a tick, but also go through the labyrinth of senses with plants of various smells, shapes and textures, and feel like a giant in the microscale world.
Nadmorski Park Krjobrazowy - Nadmorska sosna fot Jarosław Sitkowski Nadleśnictwo Choczewo
Some of the trails have a very concrete character – for example the nature trail called “Szlakiem troci i łososia” [“following bulltrout and salmon”] in Park Krajobrazowy “Dolina Słupi” puts emphasis on occurring in local reservoirs migratory fish – their biology and fishing importance. In turn, “Kokoszka” trail in Zaborski Park Krajobrazowy has been marked out to present some of the bird species in connection with habitats in which they live. Thanks to the created lookout you can safely observe, among others, a western marsh harrier, sea eagle, grey heron, crane, goldeneye, great reed warbler and many other birds.
Dolina Słupi - materiały Parku Krajobrazowego Dolina Słupi
It is of course only a small snippet of a huge array of interesting corners which create a colourful world of Pomorskie nature. The coasts of the Baltic Sea are connected with slightly different attractions than Kashubian lakes or Żuławy plains, but it is worth to get to know all of the hues of local nature. So let's go!
Nature trails in Pomorskie - offers
Ready to meet nature? The most beautiful green corners of the Pomorskie region create perfect conditions for rest, recreation, study and nature contemplation. Even a short stay by a lake, in a forest or by the sea can ensure the supply of energy and inspiration for many weeks to come. It is worth planning a hike that takes into account the natural treasures of the Pomorskie Region.
- Nature escapade in Nadleśnictwo Kwidzyn [Kwidzyn Forest District] forests
The diversity of habitats – from poor pine forests to fertile, thick deciduous forests, midforest meadows, numerous lakes and streams – allows you to experience the power of nature of Nadleśnictwo Kwidzyn and admire its richness. A great curiosity of the local forests are alleys and congeries of exotic trees, among others, those coming from North America – these are souvenirs from experiments that were run a hundred years ago by local foresters. Nature reserves, animal sanctuaries sources of rivers and streams are nurtured here, so they can also be enjoyed by future generations. In the past, the local area was the background for many historic events – there is a Gothic castles trail here (with Malbork castle in the lead) and Mennonit trail, dedicated to the former owners of these lands. Among the forests you can find abandoned cemeteries, ruins of houses, or forgotten parks. There are many renovated manors and recreated fruit orchards. During the hikes you can meet not only majestic deer, boars or moose. In the forests of Nadleśnictwo Kwidzyn wolves also have their home, recently there have also been sightings of a golden jackal. The fields around the forests are full of hares and pheasants, and partridge. Guides on this terrain, where from among the richness of nature there emerges an equally rich history, are local foresters – experts and enthusiasts of not only nature, but also history.
The perfect place to rest and to learn abou the region, fot. PROT
The offer includes:
– a three-day sightseeing tour of Nadleśnictwo Kwidzyn terrain with a guide (6-8 hours),
– 4 nature reserves, architectural monuments, old orchards, hillforts, bulwarks from the times of the Swedish wars, animal-tracking course,
– a hot meal in the bosom of nature,
– a stay and HB in Pensjonat Iskra,
– horse riding and an equine care lesson in a stable under the watchful eye of an instructor,
– access to facility's infrastructure (fishing, trampolines, playground, hammocks, game room, fireplace room),
– 24 h coffee-tea service,
– accommodation and board (4 meals) in Pensjonat Iskra,
– an airport pick-up (+ 650 PLN)
– service in English.
1 500 PLN/person (for a group of 3 people)
1 400 PLN/person (for a group of 4-5 people)
Łąkowa 19, 82-400 Sztumskie Pole
phone: +48 512 666 120
2. Nordic Walking in Bory Tucholskie
Kachlinówka is located in the neighbourhood of forests and fields of Zbeniny village, behind Klosnowo settlement, just 7 kilometres from Chojnice on the route to Bursy, in the vicinity of Zaborski Park Krajobrazowy [Zabory Landscape Park] and Park Narodowy Bory Tucholskie [Bory Tucholskie National Park]. The whole residential-holiday and stable 14-hectare complex is situated on the border of the precipitous forests of Zaborski Park Krajobrazowy, 2 kilometres in a straight line from Ostrowite lake and 4.5 kilometres from Charzykowskie Lake. Thanks to its unusual microclimate, it is a perfect place for a rest and serene walks surrounded by abundant nature, as well as for active recreation, for example sports and water escapades or bike trips.
Nordic walking in the surroundings of National Park Bory Tucholskie is something special, fot. PROT
The offer includes:
– accommodation + board + coffee service,
– guide's care,
– Nordic walking sticks,
– sightseeing of an educational trail and seed husking mill in Klosnowo,
– one barbecue as a supper,
– access to Wi-Fi,
– evening by the fire, meetings with interesting people,
– service in German.
An offer for groups of maximum 12 people.
3-day stay: 590 PLN/person
7-day stay: 1350 PLN/person
an airport pick-up 600 PLN
Kachlinówka Dom Gościnny
Zbeniny 36, 89-620 Chojnice
phone: +48 604 291 742
3. Leśny Ogród Botaniczny Marszewo [Marszewo Forest Botanic Garden] in Gdynia
On the outskirts of Gdynia, in the direct vicinity of the so called Little Kashubian Tri-City, we will find Marszewo, a centre of Nadleśnictwo Gdańsk [Gdańsk Forest District] that combines two functions – of a botanic garden and an educational centre. The garden specializes in collections of forest plants, especially native ones and those connected to the Pomorskie Region. Among a dozen or so collections, we can also find an orchard of old types of fruit trees, a flower-covered meadow and collections of medicinal and edible plants.
As a part of the whole-year educational centre of Nadleśnictwo Gdańsk, free lessons in sustainable development education are given from here, aimed at groups of various ages – starting with children of kindergarten age, through the students, to seniors. The main goal of the classes is to show the diversity of forest environments, talk about the rules of a rational forest economy, and primarily to encourage direct contact with nature. The lessons are led by experienced forest educators.
For individual tourists of various ages that visit an open-access forest part of the garden, two educational trails were created – “Szlak korzeni” [“Roots' trail”] and “Szlak Alicji w zaczarowanym lesie” [“Alice in an enchanted forest trail”]. The first one is a trail adapted for people with a physical disability, and also for parents with little children in prams. An almost two-kilometre paved trail snakes its way to one of the moraine hills, and along the way information boards present and cover the issues of the world of plants' roots and mushrooms, but also of the history of forest exploitation. An additional attraction are wooden, partly underground houses – of a logger, herbalist, as well as of roots and mushrooms. The second trail, “Alice Trail,” is devoted to the youngest visitors. While climbing it to reach the top of the hill, you can cross to the world of macroscale to face a gigantic lichen or a tick, but also walk through the labyrinth of senses, with plants of diverse smells, shapes and textures, as well as feeling like a giant in the world of microscale.
As a part of the whole-year educational centre of Nadleśnictwo Gdańsk, free lessons in sustainable development education are given from here, aimed at groups of various ages – starting with children of kindergarten age, through the students, to seniors. fot. PROT
The offer includes:
– free sustainable development education lessons, aimed at groups of various ages – starting with kindergarten kids, through the students, to seniors,
– access to two educational trails – Roots' trail and Alice in an enchanted forest trail,
– lessons led by experienced forest educators, primarily outdoor, and in the case of bad weather conditions – in an educational building,
– a possibility of a bonfire,
– a possibility to use two playgrounds and open-air places to rest.
Lessons for organised groups are led from Monday to Friday, between 8a.m. and 3p.m.
The lessons need to be booked beforehand through a LOB “Marszewo” website (www.marszewo.edu.pl) or the facebook profile of the garden (www.facebook.com/Marszewo/). Groups of at least 12 people can choose from a few lessons scenarios adjusted to the participants' age.
For individual visitors, the garden's area is available on working days between 10a.m. and 2p.m., and seasonally (from April till the end of September) – during so called Garden Sundays, between 10a.m. and 4p.m., and during winter as a part of a Birdhouse Action on every other Sunday (from December till the end of February) between 8a.m. and 1p.m. Educational trails are located out of the fenced terrain and are open-access at all times.