Roztocze

On the trail of cultural diversity in Roztocze

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Distance
31km
Time
3h 30m
Difficulty
Easy
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A cyclist in a blue jacket and a white helmet cycling along an asphalt road among brown-golden trees and bushes

About this route

It's time for a cycle trip along the roads of the Roztocze region near the Polish-Ukrainian border. The route leads through the Tarnogrodzki Plateau. It is a hilly area and some of the roads lead through forests. Your trip starts in Wielkie Oczy, where you will follow the East of Poland Cycling Trail Green Velo signs. Along the route, you will encounter several sacred buildings that represent the multicultural heritage of Roztocze. You will also come across diverse nature, including sunflower fields, which are particularly beautiful in summer. 

Distance
31 km
Ascent
179 m
Time
3h 30m
Surface type
Asphalt: 86%
Gravel: 5%
Others: 9%
Bicycle type
MTB , Gravel , Trekking
Route markings
Good
Loop
Yes
Family friendly
No
Attractions
3
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Practical advices

Although this route is not demanding, it is worth preparing for it properly, so that nothing surprises you at any point. Start with the most important thing, which is your helmet. A good helmet is essential for your safety. Take care also of proper lighting, both front and rear. In addition to bike lights, equip your bike with reflectors so that you are highly visible on the road.

 

What else is worth taking with you on a trip? Make sure to pack a sweatshirt or a rail jacket in your backpack, in case the weather changes. It is also a good idea to bring snacks to give you energy during the trip. Protein bars or energy mousses work well.

 

If you plan to take visit the attractions along the route, you will need to leave your bike behind in some places. To make sure it is still there after the tour, be sure to bring a bike safety device such as a U-Lock or any bicycle lock.

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Route details

Wielkie Oczy  - Potok Jaworowski - Bihale - Łukawiec - Wielkie Oczy

Start

  • 1
    Wielkie Oczy
    0 km
    Wielkie Oczy

    Your cycling tour starts in this village. Wielkie Oczy is a village located near the Polish-Ukrainian border. Despite its small size, there are many interesting monuments here. This multicultural village resembles an old borderland town. From the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries, many nationalities and cultures lived here, the remnants of which are the sacred buildings, such as the tserkva of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, the synagogue or the former Monastery and Dominican church. Nowadays, these temples already have other functions, but their appearance still reminds us of the inhabitants of the area and their traditions. In addition, the Jewish cemetery from the 18th century and the 17th century fortified Manor House (now used by the Municipal Office) are worth stopping at.

    Leaving Wielkie Oczy, head west, following the signs of the East of Poland Cycling Trail Green Velo and the blue cycle trail.

  • 2
    Potok Jaworowski
    7.8 km
    Potok Jaworowski

    The Church of the Holy Trinity, located in Potok Jaworowski, was built at the beginning of the 20th century, between 1910 and 1913, to be exact. It is a brick church made in the neo-Gothic style. In addition to the main altar in the church, you can admire two wooden altars placed on the sides. They were moved from a Tserkva in a nearby village, Kobylnica Ruska.

    When you pass Potok Jaworowski, at the crossroads, turn right towards the village of Bihale.

  • 3
    Bihale
    15.9 km
    Bihale

    In the village of Bihale, you will pass a wooden tserkva along the way. This is the Tserkva of the Protection of the Mother of God. After the temple, turn right at the fork in the road, and when you pass the village of Zagrobla, turn right again and head towards Łukawiec.

  • 4
    Łukawiec
    23.7 km
    Łukawiec

    There are two attractions in particular worth stopping at in Łukawiec. The first is the Greek Catholic Tserkva of St. Dmitri Martyr. It dates from 1701 and is a perfect example of the traditional wooden temples of the Eastern Church. In 1923, the tserkva was rebuilt, but after World War II, it fell into disuse and was used as a warehouse. In 1987, the building was destroyed by fire and, although it was rebuilt, it is currently still unused. 

    Meanwhile, the other attraction in the area is the Church of the Epiphany of the Lord's Revelation. It was built between 1754 and 1756, but the church has been renovated several times since. Inside it, the miraculous painting of Our Lady of Grace Protector of the Sick from the 17th century was present for many years. In 1990, it was moved to the church opposite. 

    From Łukawiec to Wielkie Oczy, follow the asphalt road along the Icon Trail.  

  • 5
    Wielkie Oczy
    30.8 km
    Wielkie Oczy

    This is the end of your cycling tour. It ends at the starting point.