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THE WINE BICYCLE TRAIL

The colour of the trail - yellow
The length of the trail - 155 km
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The trail refers to the trade trail of wine from Hungary to Gorlice, Biecz and Kraków.


The trail runs through the following towns and communes – Sękowa, Uście Gorlickie, the town of Gorlice, the commune of Gorlice, Moszczenica, Łużna, Bobowa, Korzenna, Gródek on the Dunajec River.

The route of the Wine Bicycle Trail begins in Konieczna and runs through Radocyna, Bartne, Ropica Górna, Owczary, Sękowa, Siary, Dominikowie, Korczyna, Biecz, Kwiatonowice, Moszczenica, Staszkówka, Podwiatrówki, Łużna, Biesna, Siedliska, Bobowa, Jankowa, Lipniczki, Lipnica Wielka, Rozdole, Przydonica, to Tropie, where it connects to the main Carpathian Bicycle Trail.

The trail runs mostly through asphalt roads. Hard-surfaced roads can be found on the following sections: Konieczna - Bartne, Ropica Górna - Owczary, Binarowa - Strzeszyn, Lipniczki - Lipnica Wielka - Przydonica, Roztoka-Tropie.

The trail is easy, with a elevation difference of up to 1000 metres. The most difficult are the following sections: Bartne-Krzywa, Małastów-Owczary and Lipnica Wielka-Rożnów (steep uphill and downhill rides) and between Binarowa and Strzeszyn (sections of rocky dirt roads).

The route of the Wine Bicycle Trail runs through the picturesque lands of the Lower Beskids mountain range, the Doły Jasielsko-Sanockie, and the Ciężkowice and Rożnów Foothills with a medium-sized mountain and foothill landscape.

The trail cuts through the Lower Beskids mountain range from south to north along the beautiful upper Wisłoka River. The route weaves along the river, often crossing it.

The Magurski National Park accompanies the Wine Bicycle Trail from the east up to Bartne. An old parish, war cemeteries and roadside stone crosses – the remnants of currently non-existent villages, are the attractions along this section of the trail.

From Wołowiec, the trail features historic churches and wooden Orthodox churches. The most beautiful of them can be found in Wołowiec, Bartne, Owczary and Sękowa.

After Gorlice, the trails enters the foothill area. The immense forests of the Beskid area give way to the chequered patterns of fields spreading out on the vast hills. This section of the trail is an uninterrupted line of beautiful and vast views.

In the foothills, the tourists can find numerous and precious wooden churches. The most interesting of them can be found in Libusza, Binarowa, Przydonica and Tropie. There is also an abundance of monumental brick temples, in such towns as Biecz, Moszczenica, Staszkówka, Łużna, Bobowa (where there's also a monumental synagogue) or in Lipnica Wielka.

Other attractions of the route of the trail include:

  • the cemeteries from World War I with a representative cemetery of the 4th district in Łużna,
  • the Ciężkowice and Rożnów Landscape Park,
  • the beautiful, forest sections in Owczary, Mały Beskid, Mareszka, Żebraczka, Majdan,
  • the Rożnów Lake, in the vicinity of Gródek on the Dunajec River, as well as the Czchów Lake in the vicinity of Tropie.

When riding a bike on
THE WINE BICYCLE TRAIL

it's worth stopping and visiting

 

UŚCIE GORLICKIE and its environs

It encompasses the lands in the western part of the Lower Beskids mountain range and part of the Magurski mountain range. The most famous town is Wysowa-Zdrój, a health resort, the history of which dates back to 1812. Wysowa-Zdrój is located in a valley 510 metres above sea level. The town charms with beautiful landscapes, microclimate and the richness of mineral waters (12 intakes) with varying healing and taste properties. The Spa Park, and the mineral water drinking rooms it offers, are perfect places to relax and rest.

It's also worth visiting Regietów, which is home to one of the largest Hucul Stud Farms in Europe as well as studs in Hańczowa and Izby.

The reminders of history: old farmhouses, wooden Catholic and Orthodox churches, roadside crosses and chapels as well as World War I cemeteries have been etched into the charming, yet still wild, landscape.

 

Highly recommended places include:

  • the Orthodox churches in Blechnarka, Gładyszów, Hańczowa, Konieczna, Kunków, Leszczyna, Nowica, Przysłop, Skwirtne, Smerekowiec, Śnietnica, Uście Gorlickie, Wysowa, Zdynia,
  • the historic churches in Oderne and Wysowa,
  • the war cemeteries from the World War I period in Zdynia, Uście Gorlickei, Smerekowiec, Regietów, Konieczna and Gładyszów,
  • the The Spa Park and Mineral Water Drinking Rooms in Wysowa-Zdrój,
  • the Hucul Stud Farm Gładyszów in Regietów.

 

SĘKOWA and its environs

Sękowa is located between the Ropa and Wisłoka valleys, in the area of Lower Beskids in the Magurski mountain range, with the main Magura Małastowska and Magura Wątkowska massifs towering over it. It is placed among gentle, densely forested mountain slopes. Sękowa directly borders with Slovakia to the south. Part of the land belongs to the Magurski National Park. The "Kornuty" nature reserve, with stones 25 metres in height, is located on the north-western slopes of Magura Wątkowska massif. The crystal-clear rivers and streams as well as the richness of fauna and flora are a dream come true for nature enthusiasts. The region also has numerous monuments of sacral art – 10 Lemkos Orthodox churches, which are a characteristic element of this landscape and true masterpieces of architecture with distinctive domes, triple crosses and iconography. Another element of the landscape are also 24 war cemeteries from one of the hardest battles of World War I, the "Gorlice Operation."

A sort of curiosity is also the numerous remnants of first oil bores in the world.

 

Highly recommended places include:

  • the church in Sękowa made of larch wood, recognised as the UNESCO World Heritage Site,
  • the Lemkos Orthodox churches in Bartne, Bodaki, Krzywa, Wołowiec, Owczary, Pętna, Małastowo, Ropica Górna,
  • the "Kornuty" nature reserve,
  • the cemeteries from World War I in Sękowa, Owczary, Ropica Górna, Wapienne, the Małastowska Pass,
  • the nature and history trail in the vicinity of Radocyna, the Małastowska Pass,
  • the oil trail and the Palace of the Długosz family.

 

BIECZ

A town located by the Ropa River, on one of the hills of the Carpathian Foothills, Biecz boasts a rich history dating back to the Neolithic Period, a claim supported by such finds as stone axes and hatchets. Biecz received municipal rights in the 13th Century. Till the mid-16th Century it was one of the largest towns in Poland. It had its heyday in the 14th and 15th Centuries due to its status as a royal town. In the past located on a trade route from Hungary to the Baltic Sea, this unique place, called "Little Wawel," is full of mysteries and monuments till this day.

Highly recommended places include:

  • the town’s mediaeval urban arrangement and the fragments of defensive walls from the 13th Century,
  • parish church from the second half of the 15th Century with a detached belfry,
  • the Monastic Church of the Reformers with a detached belfry,
  • the renovated town hall with a town-hall tower from the 15th Century,
  • the remnants of a castle from the 13th Century on Góra Zamkowa,
  • the tenement house of the Barian-Rokicki family and a Blacksmith's Tower from the 16th Century.

MOSZCZENICA

A large village, with a communal administration office, on the Ciężkowice Foothills in the picturesque Moszczanka valley. The village has an agricultural character. In the 19th Century it took part in bloody raids on manors, called the Galician Slaughter (or the Peasant Uprising). There is a historic brick church and presbytery in the centre of the village. The ruins of an even older church from the 14th Century were discovered in 2009.

Highly recommended places include:

  • the wooden chapel from the middle of the 17th Century located in the village cemetery in Moszczenica with a Baroque polychrome depicting the Passion of Christ and a sculpture of Jesus Christ from the 17th Century,
  • the historic churches of neoclassical and neo-Gothic architecture, from 1820, in Moszczenica and Staszkówka,
  • the neoclassical presbytery from the turn of the 19th Century in Moszczenica,
  • cemeteries No. 116, 117, 118, 119, 124 from the World War I period.

 

 

ŁUŻNA and its environs

Łużna is a village and the administrative seat of a commune, located on the Ciężkowice Foothills, at the foot of the Pustka Hill (446 m above sea level). The village has an agricultural character. There is a representative cemetery of the 4th district from the World War I period located on the Pustka Hill. The poet Wacław Potocki was an owner of the village in the 17th Century.

Highly recommended places include:

  • the churches in Łużna (from 1865) and Szalowa (from 1739),
  • the cemeteries from World War I: three in Łużna and one in Biesna,
  • the ex-manorial park in Biesna,
  • the natural monuments: an oak with a trunk circumference of over 450 cm in Łużna and clusters of southern bladdernuts in Szalowa (3 metres high),
  • scenic sites: the Pustka Hill (446 m) with a view on the Tatra mountains, the Kozica Mountain (424 m) in Mszanka, the top of the Zielona Góra Mountain (702 m) in Szalowa and the Bucze Mountain (969 m) in Wola Łużańska.

 

BOBOWA and its environs

Bobowa is located on the Biała Tarnawska River.The mediaeval layout of the market and streets has been preserved till this day. It's a place of pilgrimage for Hasidic Jews from all over the world. The matzeva of the Hassidic leader Salomon ben Natan, the creator of the Talmudic "yeshiva" school, and his son Ben Cjon Halberstam, a composer of Hassidic music, are located in the local Jewish cemetery. The fame of the former Hassidic centre is recalled by a synagogue with a prayer chamber and an altar cabinet.

For over one hundred years, the women in Bobowa’s craft bobbin laces and their craftsmanship can be admired in the Bobbin Lace Gallery, as well as during the Bobbin Lace Festival organised in October.

 

Highly recommended places include:

  • the former manor in Bobowa – the so-called Castle in Bobowa,
  • the defensive manor and manorial garden from the mid-16th Century,
  • the manorial park in Jankowa,
  • the manor and church complex in Siedliska,
  • the historic churches in Bobowa and Wilczyszka,
  • the synagogue from the mid-18th Century in Bobowa,
  • the Jewish cemetery in Bobowa,

 

GRÓDEK on the Dunajec River and its environs

Gródek on the Dunajec River is a village and the administrative seat of a commune, located on the Rożnów Foothills (on the right bank of the Rożnów Lake) created by the rapids of the Dunajec. The village has a leisure and tourism-based character. There once was a Castle of the Knight Klemens Kurowski located on the Grodzisko hill (currently an island).

Highly recommended places include:

  • the historic churches in Tropie (a Romanesque church and a sanctuary, a hermitage in the forest), Podole-Górowa, Przydonica, Zbyszyce, Rożnów
  • the defensive fortifications of the Tarnowski family, the manor and park in Rożnów,
  • the ruins of a mediaeval castle of the Rożen family and of Zawisza Czarny in Rożnów,
  • a dam and a hydroelectric power plant in Rożnów.

 

 

KORZENNA and its environs

Korzenna is a village and the administrative seat of a commune, located on the Rożnów Foothills. The village has an agricultural character. There's a wooden 19th-Century manor with a surrounding park in Korzenna.

Highly recommended places include

  • the historic churches in Lipnica Wielka and Mogilno,
  • the reserves of yew in Mogilno, "Diabelskie Skały" in Bukowiec,
  • the octagonal cemetery chapel in Mogilno,
  • the park in Lipnica Wielka with a manor from 1910.

 

 

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