The red trail in the Lidzbark Warmiński Municipality is one of the bike trails marked out in this area. It is quite a long route, almost 50 kilometres long, which requires being in good shape. The trail is well signposted and dedicated to MTB cyclists. It runs through a very varied area, predominantly on forest roads, to the west of the city of Lidzbark Warmiński.
The general course of the trail is as follows: Lidzbark Warmiński, the beginning of the railway line (0.0 km) - Łaniewo (6.6 km) - the intersection with the railway route (12.9 km) - Kaszuny (18.6 km) - Babiak ( 22.9 km) - Runowo (29.2 km) - Workiejmy (34.7 km) - Nowa Wieś Wielka (39.9 km) - Wielochowo (44.5 km) - Lidzbark Warmiński (49.1 km).
The route starts and ends in the city of Lidzbark Warmiński. The city was granted town privileges in 1308. From the mid-14th century to the end of the 18th century it was the capital of the Warmia region - an important economic, cultural and religious centre. The city centre still has a Medieval urban layout, city walls with a High Gate, historic buildings at the market square, including the 19th-century town hall. The most widely recognized monument of the city is the Castle of the Bishops of Warmia - one of the most valuable monuments of this type in Poland.
The trail starts at the fork of the roads to the villages of Orneta and Lubomino, at the place where there is also the start of the railway route running to the village of Orneta. The first section runs along an asphalt road in the Łyna river valley, via the village of Łaniewo. An interesting option is to cover this section of the route using the railway route instead of the red trail running on the road. It is possible to cover a part of the route to the village of Łaniewo (about 7 kilometres) or to the intersection with the red trail before the village of Wolnica (4.8 km). The distance by both roads is almost the same and is less than 13 kilometres. The advantage of the railway route is that it runs through forests, far from civilization, along the bike trail on the former railway embankment. On the other hand, the red trail allows you to see the picturesque valley of the Łyna River below the city of Lidzbark Warmiński.
The further section of the route, almost 30 kilometres, up to the village of Wielochowo, runs almost exclusively on forest and field dirt roads. There are not many attractions and monuments in this section, but the route runs through very picturesque areas, small villages and vast forests. The trail avoids busy asphalt roads, and the hilly terrain brings variety to the ride. In the woods through which the trail runs, there are dozens of shelters and fortifications of "The Lidzbarski Triangle" - the pre-war line of fortifications of East Prussia.
In the village of Wielochowo, you can relax on the municipal bathing beach. The red trail intersects the Green Velo trail and both trails run to the nearby city of Lidzbark Warmiński. In this part of the route there is the famous "glow in the dark bike path". This is a short section, located on the provincial road. It's worth covering this section at dusk.
Points of interest along the trail:
- Lidzbark Warmiński - monuments, urban layout
- Orneta-Lidzbark railway line (railway route)
- Lake Wielochowa– a bathing beach
- "Glow in the dark asphalt" of the bike path next to the village of Wielochowa
The entire trail is suitable for bicycles with panniers/bike trailers. The trail uses solely roads with no motor vehicle traffic allowed, or local roads with a low and very low vehicle traffic; no dangerous intersections. A recreational trail. A trail for lovers of mountain biking and off-road cycling.
Lidzbark Warmiński, the beginning of the railway route - the road heading for Lubomino
Lidzbark Warmiński, the Poniatowski roundabout (intersection of provincial roads no. 511 and 513)