Bieszczady

Through stream valleys in the Sanok-Turka mountains

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Distance
33km
Time
4h 30m
Difficulty
Moderate
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A cyclist in a blue jacket cycling down a two-lane asphalt road turning left, snowy fields in the background, mountains and gray sky in the distance

About this route

This peaceful path winds through the Sanok-Turka Mountains. It mostly follows asphalt roads, but there is also a gravel road and two fords on the section from Zawada to Rakowa. The entire route passes through charming Bieszczady villages, with several wooden churches, tserkvas and Orthodox churches to admire. By cycling through the Bieszczady, you can learn about their unique history. The planned route will take you around the Dział mountain range.

Distance
33 km
Ascent
443 m
Time
4h 30m
Surface type
Asphalt: 91%
Gravel: 4%
Others: 5%
Bicycle type
Road , MTB , Gravel , Trekking
Route markings
Good
Loop
Yes
Family friendly
No
Attractions
3
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Practical advices

A route with a moderate level of difficulty will allow you to test your fitness. Remember that the terrain has a huge impact on how many kilometres you can cover. Trails on flat roads are less strenuous than those on hills or mountain roads.

 

Planning a group trip? Match the route to the fitness of the weakest participant.

 

A helmet and light clothing made of breathable materials will be essential for safety and comfort on the route. Other than that, only put on the essentials. Heavy luggage will make your ride more difficult. Also, think about what you will carry the necessary items in. We suggest a backpack or panniers for your bike.

 

Be prepared for possible breakdowns on the route. It is a good idea to carry the most important tools for a quick fix, such as inner tubes or patches, a pump or a multi-tool. Make sure you have enough water and food, as well as navigation equipment.

 

Is it looking like a warm and sunny day? Remember sunscreen and sunglasses. If you are planning sightseeing or other activities along the route, a bike lock will also be very useful. Before you leave, carefully examine your route for the trip. Consider whether your skills and equipment are adequate for the level of difficulty of the route.

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Route details

Tyrawa Wołoska - Rakowa - Paszowa - Wańkowa - Ropienka - Zawadka - Rakowa - Tyrawa Wołoska

Start

  • 1
    Tyrawa Wołoska
    0 km
    Tyrawa Wołoska

    This is where your journey begins. You start from Tyrawa Wołoska. You can leave your car in the large car park next to St. Nicholas Church. It is a temple from the 18th century. In the vicinity of the church, you will find old 19th-century gravestones and a brick bell tower.

    From here, head in the direction of Rakowa.

  • 2
    Rakowa
    3.3 km
    Rakowa

    In this village, there is the hard-to-reach Greek-Catholic tserkva of the Blessed Virgin Mary which is located on the other side of the stream. It is a former wooden church from the 19th century. Inside the church is an iconostasis painted in 1894. Today, the building stands deserted, surrounded by old trees, and is difficult to access.

  • 3
    Paszowa
    6.6 km
    Paszowa

    The former wooden Greek-Catholic tserkva of Sobor of Mother of God can be found in this village. It was most likely constructed at the end of the 18th century, but it was extensively renovated in 1902. It was abandoned after the last residents were displaced in 1947. It has since been used as a Roman Catholic church.

    Continue straight ahead. You have an ascent and then a descent to Wańkowa ahead of you.

  • 4
    Wańkowa
    11.5 km
    Wańkowa

    You'll find yourself in a former goat house if you turn right at the intersection. This is a worthwhile stop for tasting local delicacies. "Czar PGR sery u Nikola" is a Wańkowa restaurant where you can sample fresh regional cheeses. Another place worth visiting is the former wooden Greek-Catholic Former tserkva of the Nativity of the Mother of God. It was built in 1726 in Ropienka and moved to Wańkowa in 1985.

  • 5
    Ropienka
    15.3 km
    Ropienka

    The next village on the route is Ropienka. Here you will find a former oil mine and a neo-Gothic church from the end of the 19th century, while in the upper part of the village there is a wooden Wierzbicki mortuary chapel from the 19th century.

    Return at 150 m and take the first right to Zawadka. You have a short ascent and then a long descent ahead of you.

  • 6
    Zawadka
    25.1 km
    Zawadka

    At the end of the village, you will notice the slender tower of a wooden church, visible from afar. The temple is a little out of the way. It's situated on a small hill. It is located on a small hill. It is a charming place, well worth a visit.

  • 7
    Rakowa
    29.4 km
    Rakowa

    The next section of the route is a pleasant drive through the valley (partly on a gravel road with two fords). Turn right in Rakowa and descend to Tyrawa Wołoska.

  • 8
    Tyrawa Wołoska
    32.8 km
    Tyrawa Wołoska

    The loop through the stream valleys in the Sanok-Tura Mountains ends at the starting point.