A short, recreational bike trail that runs through forests in the vicinity of the village of Wielochowa, north of Lidzbark Warmiński. The route is only 8.5 kilometres long and may be a proposal for a complementary trip from the city of Lidzbark to Lake Wielochowa - then the route will be about 17 km long. This is a perfect proposal for a short, family bike ride. A part of the route is on asphalt roads practically free of cars, and some on dirt roads through fields. There are no monuments on the trail, but its greatest asset are the picturesque views of the fields and forests that grow over the hilly countryside.
The general course of the trail is as follows: Wielochowo, bathing beach (0.0 km) - Jagoty (3.0 km) - Green Velo trail near the village of Nerwiki (5.5 km) - Wielochowo, bathing beach (8.5 km).
The village of Wielochowo until the First Partition of Poland belonged to the estates of the bishops of Warmia, just like the rest of the historical land called Warmia, which was part of the so-called Royal Prussia. The bishop's estate formed an irregular triangle in the heart of the state of the Teutonic Knights, stretching from the cities of Frombork and Braniewo over the Vistula Lagoon to today's city of Olsztyn and locality of Reszel in the Mazury Lake District.
The Wielochowo lake, with a total area of 57 hectares, is the nearest lake to the city of Lidzbark. It quickly gained popularity as a holiday destination and the purpose of the Sunday excursions of the Lidzbark inhabitants. For the visitors, on the south bank of the reservoir, a beach with permanent piers and a parking lot have been arranged. There is also a rest area for cyclists on the Green Velo trail.
The first part of the route runs along a little-frequented asphalt road to the village of Jagoty. In the surrounding forests there are bunkers and fortifications of the so-called "The Lidzbark Triangle", built before World War II by the Germans. They guarded Eastern Prussia, and the Versailles Treaty forbade them to be built south of the city of Lidzbark. For this reason, the city was as if in the wedge of these fortifications, running north towards Bartoszyce and west towards Orneta. Hence the name of the fortifications, because Lidzbark was somehow at the tip of these fortifications. Some of them can be found in the forests even today.
The route in the village of Jagoty turns westwards and along the edge of the forest runs to the village of Nerwiki. From here the route runs back to the village of Wielochowo, together with the Green Velo trail. The loop ends on the bathing beach at the lake.
Points of interest along the trail:
- Lake Wielochowo – a bathing beach
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. The trail is especially recommended for families with children and children's trailers. A recreational trail.
Wielochowo, bathing beach area
Wielochowo, bathing beach area