WORTH TRAVELLING – trails
Piast Castles Trail
In 1951, Tadeusz Steć introduced the idea of charting a tourist trail in Sudety that would be 146,1 km long. The trail is called Piast Castles Trail. Steć marked the route himself and painted it green. Most of the PTTK (Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society) trails in Western Sudetes were his work. The trail leading through the area of former Świdnicko-Jaworskie Duchy shows the hikers valuable defensive architecture. There are 14 Piast boroughs. The trail runs through Ostrzyca Proboszczowicka Reserve, Castle Mountain Reserve, Bóbr Valley Landscape Park, Rudawski Landscape Park and Księżański Lanscape Park.
The Yellow Trail from Nowy Ląd to Świerzawa
It takes the walker from anhydrite mine in Nowy Ląd through Lwówek Śląski, Szwajcaria Lwówecka to Dębowy Gaj.
Then it leads over Włócznik hill (366 meters above the sea level) and Łopata hill ( 386 m above the sea level), where the archeological site „Babi Gródek” (Wleń community) is located. Among the hills, the hike leads to Marczów near St. Catherine's Church, crosses a road and Ośna Stream and climbs onto Ram Mountain - (309 meters above the sea level). It winds through fields and woods and goes down to a village named Łupki. On the right, passing the Youth Hostel, the stone bridge crosses Jamna Stream and the trail continues on a road that after several meters takes the hiker to the Castle Mountain (360 meters above the sea level) and meets Green Piast Castles Trail. Then, the trail goes through the Nature Reserve, next to Lenno palace, St. Hedwig's Church and ruins of a medieval castle
a stone staircase leads to a penitential cross and then to Wleń. It continues as it enters the western part of the neighborhood, across the bridge above the railroad tracks, passing a tunnel (320m) and, on the left, a railway station and a bus station. Next, near St. Nicholas Church, the tourist trails enter the city market where it merges with black trail and runs south-east through Kościuszki street among old tenement houses, and finally to the bridge above the Bóbr river. The green trail goes straight and the yellow and the black trail both turn right to cross the road and turn left to Gościradz which is now a part of Wleń. Those two trails pass ‘Ksiażęcy’ Palace (Chateau Kleppelsdorf) and after a few meters they separate. Now, the yellow trail turns into a steep asphalt road, passes an observation point that oversees the city of Wleń and castle hill (radio and television transmitter, PIOS station) and continues to Tarczyn village. Here, on the peak, we can get some rest and marvel at the view of the Giant Mountains. Next, the trail goes through a firebrake and Tarczynka (442 meters above the sea level) to exit Wleń.
Heading south-east, it crosses mountain passes Rząśnicka and Okole (721 meters above the sea level), which is the highest point of Kaczawskie Mountains. Then, the trail goes through Lubiechowa to Świerzawa, where at the city main square it ends.
Black Trail from Marczow to Ploszczyna
Like every black trail, this one is short and leads through the most interesting places in the area.
It starts in Marczow near St. Catherine Church, continues near the bank of Osna stream to Przeździerza. When it passes Bóbr, it turns right and meets the Euroregional Tourist Bike Trail „Bóbr River Valley” [ER-6]. Then the trail goes between the bank of the Bóbr river and west-facing slope of Folwarczna hill (347 meters above the sea level) near what remained from monastery farm near the „Agatowa Skała”. The Black trail crosses „Złoty Strumień,” where remaining old workings of the gold mine are, go between Dudek hill (351 meters above the sea level) on the right and Grodzina hill (372 meters above the sea level) on the left. Just before Grzębska Góra two trails separate. The bike trail goes straight and the black trail turns right, where it winds up above the city just to go down again after a few meters and enter Wleń western housing development. The trail passes the campsite through the bridge above the Bóbr river, where it turns right and enters the market square. Then, the trail continues on Kościuszki street, heading south-east where the black trail connects with ER-6 and leads to Gościradz. Passing Ducal Palace, the trails lead to Modrzewie and after they cross Modrzewka stream, the trails separate once again. The black trail exits Wleń and leads to Czernica.
Passing the ruins of post-evangelical church and the Manor and the Church of Michael Archangel it ends in Płoszyna, where it blends with E3 European Long Distance Path (Atlantic-Black Sea, previously known as the international friendship trail Eisenach-Budapest).
European long-distance trail E3
It’s marked blue. It connects the Atlantic shore with the Black Sea shore. The trail is about 7500km long and it runs through 12 countries (Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, France and España).
The section from Hungary to east Germany coincides mostly with the former International Mountain Friendship Trail Eisenach-Budapest.
In Poland the E3 trail begins from the border crossing in Jakuszyce, continues in Izerska Hall, Świeradów Zdrój and Izerskie Crossroads via Kozia Szyja, Bobrowe Skały and Cold Pass to Rynnica, through Wrzeszczy and Stanek, until the area of Wleń Community in Pilchowice. Here, through the dam crest, the shore of Pilchowickie lake through winding and narrow road runs to Strzyżowiec, where it cuts 1027 highway and comes through the village. After hundreds of meters, the trail turns next to the church, leaves the settlement and Wleń Community. Then, right next to the old lime to Płaszczynki, through Chrośnica Pass, Okole, Widok Pass in Sokolniki, Kamienna Góra, Wałbrzych, Grodno Castle, Walimska Pass, Radochowska cave, Karpień Castle, Sucha Pass, “Na Śnieżniku” shelter to Boboszów, where the blue trail leaves Poland.
Tourist Euro-regional Bicycle Trail “Bóbr River Valley” ER-6
It was created in 2002 and it is 122km long. The trail is marked green. It starts in Lubawka. It leads from the boarding crossing through Kamienna Góra, Marciszów, Rudawski Landscaped Park, Janowice Wielkie- Sokole Mountains, at Wojanów Palace, through the centre of Jelenia Góra, Krzywousty Hill, Dolina Bobru Landscape Park, Perła Zachodu, Siędlęcin, at the Wrzeszczyński shore via dam to Barcinek and via Pokrzywnik it goes through a rocky road to Pilchowice.
Here, right next to the WOPR station, through the dam crest, down to the villag,e in which via the steel bridge the trail passes Bóbr. Next, along the river’s left shore, the trail enters a forest road, where it bypasses ruins of the old lime and what is left from uranium mines. It runs across PKP station in Nielestno, under the railway bridge, through the path along the row of old oaks it reaches the settlement. Here, again through the steel bridge it crosses the river and comes out in front of the palace (now a nursing home), where it turns left on the asphalt highway. After dozens of meters the trail turns right towards Czernica. Coming out from the village, it bypasses the memorial to victims of World War I and a penitential cross. After other hundreds of meters, it turns left to the forest road which runs to Modrzew. Here, the trail comes out from the woods on the edge of the village. Next, it reaches Wleń. Behind the Chateau Kleppelsdorf it turns right and again right in the Kasprowicza Street, where it turns left in the Polna street, from where we can admire the panoramic view of the city and the Castle Mountain. In grange ruins the asphalt ends. Next, the trail goes through the forest road, via Grzębska Mountain. Here, it passes what is left from the old excavations of a gold mine, cuts “Złoty Strumień”, runs near “Agatowa Skała”, along Bóbr it reaches Przeździedz, where after going across the crossroad it leaves the settlement and the Wleń Community.
Next, through Górczyca, Sobota, Dębowy Gaj, “Szwajcaria Lwówecka”, the town centre of Lwówek Śląski, Rakowice, “Husarski Skok” and Włodzice, the trail reaches Bolesławiec, where it ends.
Lwówek Śląski Loop
The trail leads through tourist areas and landscape terrain of Lwówek Śląski County. It was inaugurated on the last day of August 2012. It connects the municipals of the county - it begins in Lwówek Śląski and leads through Radłówka, Niwnice, Gradówek, Rząsiny - Podskale, Ubocze, Gryfów Śląski, Karłowice, Wieża, Brzeziniec, Mirsk, Rębiszów, Grudza, Janice, Popielówek, Lubomierz, Wojciechów, on the area of Wleń municipality it enters Radomice, further to Klecza, Łupki - Lenno Castle, Wleń, Bystrzyca and Przeździedza, where the trail leaves the municipality of Wleń, further it passes through Górczyca, Sobota, Dębowy Gaj, Mojesz and ends in Lwówek Śląski.
"Via Cervimontana" - from Jelenia Góra to the End of the World
The trail leads us in the footsteps of ancestors pilgrimage to the tomb of St. James the Apostle in Santiago de Campostela. It starts in Jelenia Góra at Holy Cross Sanctuary and goes through the old town and leaves the city. Passing near the tower on Krzywousty Hill, next to Miraculous Source, it leads through a forest track, on the left bank of the Bóbr to Perła Zachodu. Next, near the hydroelectric power plant, to Siedlęcin. Here, it crosses the river to go near the Tower of Knights and the Church of St. Nicholas. Next, on Wrzeszczyn Lake, to another hydroelectric power plant - Bobrowice. There, through the dam crest, it goes to the left bank of Bóbr, and through Stanek and the "Captain's Bridge", in Pilchowice it enters the territory of the Wleń Municipality. Here, the trail runs to Pilchowice Lake to fall down near the dam and further by the banks of the river through Wild Gorge on the waterfall, to reach the ruins of the palace and the church of the Virgin Mary in Maciejowiec. Further, down a dirt road, it goes to Radomice where the historic church of St. James and St. Catherine of Alexandria is located, in whose interior we can find a Gothic triptych of the Madonna and Child with figures of patrons. Behind Radomice, the trail leaves the municipality and goes through Wojciechów, Lubomierz to Lubań where it connects with other trails of Camino de Santiago leading through Poland: the Way of St. James Gniezno-Zgorzelec-Prague and the Way of St. Jacob "Via Regia".
The road called today a “Bell Road” or a “Bell Path” (from the German Klingelstraße) leads from Sokołowiec through Bełczyna, through forests, mountains and streams. In the Middle Ages, the lepers had the duty to ring the bell outside the Leper colonies while marching. In this way, they had the duty to inform the public to come out from the road and do not risk being infected by leprosy (a deadly, incurable disease). Hence the name: "Bell Road", as it turns out, one of many in the region. It was a way for lepers, after which they were allowed to roam, but only with a bell or knocker.
Educational Trail of St. Hedwig of Silesia
From Wleń to Castle Hill and back to Wleń. The route is approx. 2 km long. It was established in October 2006. It is marked with the sign of a traditional educational path and with 6 sandstone rocks arranged along the road. On these stones there are tables reminiscent of the life of Saint Hedwig.
Enviromental-Didactic Path - The Nest Mountain
From Wleń through the slopes of the Nest Mountain' via The White Rocks to the Castle Mountain and back to Wleń. The route was created in 2003. It is about 4,5 km long and it takes 2,5 hours to walk along. While walking, we can encounter not only beautiful views of the mountains, but also landscapes of the surrounding fields and forests. We explore and broaden our knowledge about plants and animals that live in this area. On the route we encounter interesting forms of animated nature such as: The White Rocks, xenoliths of sandstone or pillow lavas. We pass by a lot of architectural monuments, including: Wleń Castle, also called The Lenno Palace, and The Church of St. Hedwig of Silesia.
Water trail “The Beaver River”
The Beaver River on the territory of Gmina Wleń begins in the area of Jezioro Pilchowickie. This water area has a surface of 240 ha and is wonderful for doing water sports. In the summer season, cruise ship sails there. More and more often we can also encounter some sail boats or motorboats. However, “Sunday tourists” prefer canoeing and motor biking. Behind the water dam, the river is a perfect trail for canoes and rubber dinghies. Most frequently, visitors swim the length from Nielestno (very close to Main Station) to Wleń (camp site) and then to Marczowo (hydroelectric plant) which makes an unforgettable experience. Behind the hydroelectric plant, the river leaves the Wleń Community.