The Low Beskid

Following the traces of war in the Low Beskids

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Asphalt road illuminated by the sun, a brick chapel on the roadside, brown-green trees, electric poles, mountains and a bright sky in the distance

About this route

You have an appealing scenic tour ahead of you. Although it appears to be lengthy, it will not bore you. Right from the start, you will have the opportunity to visit the Sanctuary in Dębowiec. Then, as you travel south, you will come across historic cemeteries dating back to World War I. Following the signs of the black trail, you will marvel at the views of the Low Beskid and the Magura Wątkowska range. If the solemnity of the numerous necropolises along the route overwhelms you, you can always stop at the Ski Museum or the Archaeological open-air museum of the Carpathian Troja.

35 km
384 m
3h 30m
Surface type
Asphalt: 46%
Gravel: 8%
Others: 46%
Bicycle type
MTB , Gravel , Trekking
Route markings
Family friendly
Map inconsistent with digital accessibility resulting from the act

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.

Beskid Niski

The wildest mountains in Poland, enchanting in their beauty.

Route details

Dębowiec - Wola Dębowiecka - Cieklin - Duląbka - Łazy Dębowieckie - Brzyście - Trzcinica - Niegłowice - Dębowiec


  • 1
    0 km

    The tour begins at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of La Salette. There is a large free parking lot directly across from the church where you can begin your tour. It is worthwhile to visit the Sanctuary first. The Salesians founded the monastery in 1910. Over time, a sizable pilgrimage, prayer and retreat centre was established here. The historic church was built in the 1930s. The statue of the Wailing Mother of God, famous for its graces, is housed in the side chapel. The rosary gardens and the original Saletine Calvary are located next to the basilica.

    Another historic structure not far away is the 200-year-old 'Szpitalka' building, one of the oldest in Dębowiec and once a home for the sick and poor.

    Turn left when you reach the main road. After about 700 meters, you will come to a crossroads (the parish cemetery and the Church of the Holy Cross from 1869 are located here). Turn right at the crossroads towards Folusz. Drive south for about 2 kilometres, then turn left before the forest (along with the black cycle trail). Continue on the dirt road until you reach Wola Dębowiecka.

  • 2
    Wola Dębowiecka
    4.6 km
    Wola Dębowiecka

    In Wola Dębowiecka, turn left in front of the church, then right onto the asphalt road. Leaving the village, follow the black trail signs to War Cemetery No. 12.

    When you reach the War Cemetery, you will see a beautiful view of the Low Beskid and the Magura Wątkowska Range from this spot.  

    250 Russian soldiers are buried in this cemetery. They fell in the bloody Battle of Cieklin, which took place in May 1915.

  • 3
    11 km

    Return to the Dębowiec - Folusz road. After a few dozen metres, turn right to Cieklin. After crossing the bridge, turn left towards the early 20th-century church of St Michael the Archangel. On the way, you can visit the Ski Museum. You can stop by the Ski Museum on the way. Even if you're not a fan of this winter sport, it's worth pausing for a moment to learn about vintage skis, boots, and badges. Stanisław Barabasz is the patron saint of this location. He invented the first skis in Poland in 1888 in Cieklin.


    When you reach the road intersection next to the Voluntary Fire Department building, turn after the concrete signpost with the inscription "Droga na cmentarz wojskowy nr 14" (Road to the Military Cemetery No. 14). Take the narrow asphalt road to Cieklinka. After a kilometre, you will arrive at the cemetery. Then go back to the village. Continue straight and turn left 100 meters after the bridge to Duląbka.

  • 4
    16.5 km

    At the next crossroads, we turn left onto a gravel road, which later turns into an asphalt road and leads to Łazy Dębowieckie.

  • 5
    Łazy Dębowickie
    22.2 km
    Łazy Dębowickie

    From here, continue north to the village of Brzyście.

  • 6
    28 km

    Turn left onto national road no. 28. After about 500 m on this road, turn right. After 900 meters, you will arrive at Trzcinica's Archaeological Open-Air Museum.

  • 7
    28.5 km

    The open-air museum "Carpathian Troja" was built on the site of archaeological sites. The reconstructed Bronze Age and medieval villages, Otomany and Slavic, are the main draws. The entire complex can be admired from a 44-meter-tall observation tower.


    You will return to the main route via the same road. Now head towards Niegłowice and Dębowiec.

  • 8
    32 km

    As you pass through this village,  beyond the forest surrounding the Manor house of the Lisowiecki family, you will come across the historic natural monument of the Holy Trinity Oaks.

  • 9
    35 km

    You return to the point where you started. It's time to take a well-deserved break.