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Holiday trails

There are many holiday routes in Northern Kashubia. Depending on your preference, you can go hiking or cycling. You can choose one of thematic trails: manor houses and palaces, military history trail or lighthouse trail.

 

HIKING TRAILS:

 

“Nadmorski” - Seaside trail (blue): "Rozewski" and "Rybacki" - length 28, 1 km and 25.7 km: Krokowa - Ostrowo - Jastrzębia Góra - Rozewie - Wladyslawowo - Chałupy - Kuznica - Jastarnia - Jurata.

 

“Swarzewski” (yellow), 10 km trail: Wladyslawowo from Kashubian Heroes street - Swarzewo - Gniezdzewo (shore) - Puck meadows - Puck.

 

The trail of the Kashubian Point (red)- length 15 km: Bialogora - Piasnica river mouth - Zarnowiec.

 

The trail of "Mechowo Caves" (black): length 29 km: Krokowa - Karlikowo - Devil's Stone (Diabelski Kamien) - Mechowo - Darzlubie - Polczyno - Puck.

 

The trail of the Darzlubska Forest (green) - 38 km long: Krokowa - Letowice - Devil's Stone (Diabelski Kamien) - Odargowo - Zarnowiec - Sobienczyce - Lubocino – Dobre Lake - Piasnica – Reda River valley - Wejherowo. An interesting 38.3 km trail leading through the western part of the Darzlubska Forest, on the border of the Puck and Wejherowo districts. It starts at the railway station in Wejherowo, leads towards the forest lodge of Miga, then enters the forest leaving behind Pradolina Reda. After about 10 km it reaches the Piasnica Forests. From the monument of the victims of Fascism we go about 1 km asphalt road to Piasnica Wielka, then turn into the forest. After 4 km we are at the Dobre Lake. At the edge of the forest we travel through Sobieńczyce to Żarnowiec. On the left you can see the highest part of Kępa Pucka with Castle Hill (95 meters above the level of the sea). From Żarnowiec we go to Krokowa, passing Odargowo on the way. The trail is also available for cyclists. http://www.wejherowo.pl/turystyka/szlaki-piesze-pttk.html

 

The trail of the edge of Pucka Clump (blue) has a length of 32 km: Wejherowo - Połchowo - Mrzezino - Beka Reserve - Osłonino - Rzucewo - Neolithic settlement - Rozgard - Puck.

 

The Wejherowski trail is located in the Trojmiasto Landscape Park, in forests south of Wejherowo. It leads from Sopot Kamienny Potok through Gdynia, Chwarzno, Gacyn, Piekielko - Bieszkowice, Wygodę, Borowo, Wyspowo, Mlynki to Wejherowo. Its length is 55 km. Going on a trip along the route from Bieszkowice to Wejherowo, you can find some very interesting water ponds and lakes like: Zawiat, Bieszkowice, Wygoda, Rabowka, Borowo and Wyspowo.

http://www.wejherowo.pl/turystyka/szlaki-piesze-pttk.htm

 

“On the edge of Pucka Clump” - blue color. A trail of 33.2 km runs through the edge of Pucka Clump: through Rzucewo, Oslonino and further Mrzezino, Rekowo, to Wejherowo Forests. Forest roads dominate, and only a few trails lead through local roads. On the route, there are several attractive forest camping sites. Being in Rzucewo, besides the Below family Palace, we can see the Archaeological Park of Prehistoric Seal Hunters. Natural values consist of coastal landscapes; the "Beka" water bird sanctuary at Oslonino near the mouth of the Reda River and the forest complex of the Darzlubska Forest.

 

Zagorska Struga Route - black color. The length of the route is 56 km and leads from Gdynia Hill of St. Maximilian through Piekielko, Rumia to Wejherowo. The trail runs mainly through the forests, situated on the edge of the Gdansk Upland, between Rumia and Wejherowo. The route varies in height, so during the hike the tourists will be climbing a lot. The route starts and ends in the two largest valleys, the first is the Zagorska Struga Valley, the second is the Cedron Valley. An unquestionable attraction of this section of the route is the 350-year-old Kalwaria Wejherowska, one of Pomerania's largest sacred monuments trails. During the trek you can visit 17 of the 26 Calvary Chapels. These objects, apart from their sacral weight, are the pearls of Baroque architecture. There is no shortage of interesting nature monuments. You can spot larch with, five-meter-perimeter and a 11-meter-perimeter stone called the "Circle of the killed Raisin".

 

Cycle trails:

Puck - Swarzewo - Wladyslawowo - Chałupy - Kuźnica - Jastarnia - Jurata - Hel (total 45km - 2h 20min.)

Krokowa - Klanino - Radoszewo - Starzyński Manor - Łebcz - Swarzewo (total 18 km - 1h)

Puck - Błądzikowo - Rzucewo - Osłonino (total 10km - 30mins)

Białogóra - Dębki - Karwia (in total 17 km - 55 minutes)

Puck - Darżlubie - Mechowo - Starzyno (15km - 50min.)

Gniewino - Lisewski Manor - Kostkowo - Jez. Dąbrowa (14km - 45min.)

Dębki - Żarnowiec (5km - 20min.)

Mechowo - Starzyński Manor - Strzelno - Mieroszyno - Tupadły - Jastrzębia Góra (16km - 50min.)

Rumia - Reda - Wejherowo (31km - 1h 50min.)

 

Manors and palaces of the Northern Kashubia:

http://www.kaszubypolnocne.pl/EN/zamki_.html

http://www.kaszubypolnocne.pl/EN/zamki_/wiecej/212.html

 

  

The Miltary Trail of the Northern Kashubia

 

Northern Kashubia is a Baltic region called Norda. The waters of the Baltic Sea and the Puck Bay, beautiful beaches and magnificent nature, invite tourists here. North Kashubian is also a centuries-old culture and a beautiful, though complicated, history. It is Puck, the privateer's port of the Polish Commonwealth and the fortress that fight off the Swedish "flood". It is also the Hel Peninsula, whose defenders signed the heroic card in 1939. There are many more places that make up the military history of the region, from the Middle Ages to the year 2000.

 

The Military Trail of the Northern Kashubia is a thematic trail. Car-touring tourist route, covers places and objects related to the legacy of war and military history of the Puck District. It creates over eighty points such as antique defense buildings or their traces and monuments, graves, battle sites. The trail shows places known and visited, as for example the Rozewie promontory, the headland of the Hel Peninsula, as well as the objects and events of the forgotten treasures of the cultural heritage and the history of Northern Kashubia. The route also includes the Coastal Defense Museum in Hel, the Fortress Heritage Museum and the "Sabala" Museum Shelter in Jastarnia and the castle-palace in Krokowa. The points on the trail are also available for cycling tourism. Some sites which are supported by the Puck-Hel and Gniezdżewo-Krokowa cycle paths. On the other hand, hikers have many hiking trails, not only along the coast, and a network of Nordic Walking routes of varying difficulty. You also have to mention sailors and motorboats and the buildings of the former torpedo training camp erected in the waters of the Puck Bay during World War II.

 

Association "Northern Kashubian" Local Tourist Organization invites you all year round.

 

Hel

 

During World War II, Hel was the second longest defended place in Poland. In 1945 it was liberated from the German occupation as the last piece of Polish land. The remains of this period can be visited today. A special trail was marked with white rectangular fields.

Military lovers will be able to visit remnants of Polish and German artillery batteries, ruins of fortifications and shelters. The Coastal Defense Museum with the headquarters of the former German battery Schleswig - Holstein is especially worth seeing. There is an open air museum, where you can take advantage of the restored first section of the military narrow-railway. Tourists can reach the next cannon.

Walking along the military trail you can reach the beginning or - as you prefer - the end of Poland from where you can see the port of Hel, lying on the Gulf of Puck as well as the beach on the open sea.

 

Jastarnia

 

Places, objects and events related to World War II, in the area of Kuźnica, Jastarnia and Jurata are located along the bicycle path where information boards and directional arrows are fixed:

 

Mine barrier of 1939

 

At a distance of 9.1 km from the base of the peninsula in September 1939, an attempt was made to break the spit by blowing up the mine bar. This dam was an element of Polish defense, prepared near Kuźnica. As an explosive cargoes torpedo heads were used. They contained over 20 tons of explosives and were buried deep in the sand. They were exploded on September 30, 1939, to stop the German attack. In 1945, during the German preparations for the peninsula defense, extensive dikes were used as an anti-tank barrier. At present this place is indicated by a commemorative stone. The entrance is marked from the parking "Number 3" located 2.5 km west of Kuźnica.

 

Resistance Center "Jastarnia" - Open Air Museum

 

It is located in Jastarnia, about 1 km west of the Jastarnia-holidays railway station, in the proximity of the "Maszoperia" camping.

 

Observation points of the German torpedo training camp

 

In the waters of the Gulf of Gdańsk, three such objects were built. They used to observe the torpedoes thrown by planes during the trials. Two observation posts, situated on the shallow water between Jastarnia and Jurata, are preserved and visible on the Gulf. Boards with description are located on the piers of Jastarnia and Jurata.

 

Place were trawlers were sank in the port of Jastarnia

 

On 14th of September 1939, a squadron of trawlers which stationed in the Port of Jastarnia became the target of the bombing of German bombers. At the wharfs, "Jaskółka" and "Czapla" were sunk, and "Rybitwa", "Czajka" and "Żuraw" were damaged. The traces of the raid on the torn bomb of the eastern seaboard were visible many years after the war.

 

Anti-aircraft cannon "Jastarnia"

 

On the east of Jastarnia, around 1940, the German navy built an anti-aircraft cannon marked as Schwereflakbatterie Heisternest. The basic armament consisted of four universal 105 mm canons mounted on high dune so they could fire to the vessels as well. The battery received radar and headlights. On the land, there were barracks and a two-storey fire control shelter with an armored rangefinder. Information board about the cannon is fixed at the eastern edge of Jastarnia.

 

Lighthouse Trail

 

Lighthouses have long lighted the way for sailors sailing into port. Their light shows the proximity of the shore and symbolises a safe harbour to stay in before again sailing out to seas and oceans. The "light of hope" was already used by the ancient Egyptians. On Norda one can spot 3 out of 15 such unusula objects scattered on the Baltic coastline.

 

Rozewie

 

The origins of the lighthouse in Rozewie date back to the Middle Ages. The existing building is one of the oldest objects of navigation technology. It began service in 1822 but was rebuilt on several occasions in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In 1978 the lighthouse was increased with an 8-meter section. Its total height is 33 meters.

The Lighthouse Museum was set up in the 1960s. Inside we will see exhibitions devoted to the history of lighthouses from ancient times to the present, models of several Polish lanterns and their distribution, and many other interesting exhibits. It is the only one of its kind in Poland. According to the legend the great polish writer Stefan Zeromski, wrote novel "Wind from the sea" in one of the rooms of the lighthouse.

 

Jastarnia

 

The present lighthouse was built in 1950. It is the smallest Polish lighthouses, measuring just over 13 meters. It comprises a column painted in red and white stripes and toppd by a cone shaped roof. The lighthouse is not available for sightseeing, but there is a former military observation tower nearby. It can be entered for a symbolic one zloty and surrounding scenery can be admired from the top of it.

 

Hel

 

The present lighthouse stands right next to the place where the former lighthouse was destroyed during the Worl War II. It is an octagonal, slim, forty-meter tower, with a tapering section upwards. It is built of dark red brick and completed with a small gallery and light. At the top of the roof radar antenna is constantly rotating. It is of great importance to ships sailing to or from the ports of Gdynia and Gdańsk.

 

Nordic walking

 

There are special Nordic Walking areas in the Northern Kashubia. In the A. Majkowski park and Calvary in Wejherowo, there are 6 routes of varying degrees of difficulty, both for beginners and those who are looking for sports challenges.