The Low Beskid

In the footsteps of The Dukla Operation

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In the middle, a tree without leaves growing by the asphalt road turning right against the gray sky

About this route

The route begins in Dukla, a small town rich in historical monuments with a well-preserved market square associated with World War II's great Dukla Pass offensive. Several tourist attractions, such as museums, tserkvas and Orthodox churches, will be encountered along the way.

37 km
846 m
Surface type
Asphalt: 56%
Gravel: 24%
Others: 20%
Bicycle type
MTB , Gravel , Trekking
Route markings
Family friendly
Map inconsistent with digital accessibility resulting from the act

Practical advices

When preparing for a route, be sure to check the weather forecast. This will allow you to take appropriate clothing and limit your luggage as much as possible. However, it is well known that the weather can be unpredictable, so be prepared if it gets worse. It is good practice to pack a thin rain jacket that does not take up much space.


Before starting the route, carefully analyse it on a map. Consider whether your skills and equipment are adequate for the level of difficulty of the route.


Download the accompanying .gpx file so that you always have your navigation at hand. To make sure your device doesn't fail you, also bring a power bank, charger or spare batteries. If the weather changes, you may find it useful to have a waterproof case for your electronic equipment.


Be sure to take drinks and food with you on long journeys; you never know when you will get hungry. Remember that a shop or restaurant may be located a long way away. We recommend that you stock up on water, isotonic drinks, energy bars and snacks. This will make sure you don't lose the motivation to continue riding.


The absolute basis for safety is, of course, a helmet. Also, prepare yourself technically. Make sure you have adequate lighting on your bike. Pack a repair kit. Spare inner tubes, a pump, a multitool, all of these things can come in handy in the event of a breakdown, which of course you don't want!

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The wildest mountains in Poland, enchanting in their beauty.

Route details

Dukla - Chyrowa - Ropianka - Olchowiec - Polany - Myscowa - Chyrowa - Iwla - Dukla


  • 1
    0 km

    It is a town that is frequently linked to the Dukla Operation (the great offensive during World War II over the Dukla Pass). Dukla is a city full of monuments. The parish church of St. Mary Magdalene from the 18th century, as well as the Historical Museum, the Mniszchów Palace Complex, and the perfectly preserved market square are located here. Exit the Dukla market square via the southern exit. Travel 50 meters south on Trakt Węgierski Street, then make a right onto Słowacka Street. Turn left onto Krasickiego Street next to the school. Keep going until you reach Jana Pawa II Street. Take a right. Follow the yellow hiking trail signs from here. As you leave the town, you will be accompanied by a picturesque view of Cergowa on your left.

    There will be a fairly long ascent followed by a descent to a pass. Continue along the asphalt road to the south. A green cycle trail will accompany you to Olchowiec.

  • 2
    7.1 km

    In Chyrowa, there is a timber-brick Greek Catholic tserkva of Care of the Holy Mother of God from 1780. It belongs to The Wooden Architecture Route of the Podkarpackie region.

  • 3
    10.7 km

    In the village of Ropianka, there is a student holiday accommodation called "Chatka Malucha", created on the site of a former oil mine management building. There are special tourist conditions there. The cottage has no electricity; water is drawn from a well, and meals are prepared on a wood-fired stove. Evenings can be spent relaxing by candlelight, paraffin lamps, and guitar music. 

  • 4
    12.4 km

    This is where the green cycle trail will lead you. In the village, there is a private museum housed in one of the old Lemko cottages. Lemko and Hutsul costumes, household utensils, and military exhibits are among the items in the collection. Visits can be arranged with the host in advance. Continue along the route towards the Wilsznia River valley. Turn left at the crossroads towards Polany.

  • 5
    18 km

    The impressive brick Greek Catholic Tserkva of the St. John Złotousty, now a Roman Catholic Church, draws attention to this village. Continue following the yellow cycle trail signs from here. The road gradually ascends through open glades after passing the last buildings. Descend to Myscowa.

  • 6
    22.6 km

    The historic brick church will be visible from afar as you descend to Myscowa. Turn right at the crossroads. The road that runs through the village is asphalt at first and then turns to gravel. A somewhat strenuous ascent to a mountain pass awaits you in Myscowa (over 4 km). You descend from here to the next village on the route, Chyrowa.

  • 7
    28.1 km

    You return to the asphalt road here. Turn left and proceed downhill in front of the "Pod Chyrową" Guesthouse (the centre provides sports activities, as well as handcraft workshops or open-air photography workshops). Continue upstream to the wooden church. Return to the main road here and ride through a deep valley to the north.

  • 8
    31.9 km

    One of the few waterfalls in the area can be found in Iwla, on the Iwielka stream. The "Przy Młynie" waterfall (also known as the strawberry waterfall) has been declared a natural monument. It gained popularity as a result of the movie "Strawberry Wine."

    At the crossroads in Iwla, turn right and take the side road back to Dukla.

  • 9
    36.5 km

    Since the route is a loop, it ends at the starting point.