CZ, Brdy: Where to do Cross-Country Skiing?
Don't worry and go to the Brdy in winter as well. Local landscape is beautiful in any season of the year.
Cross-Country Skiing to Tok and Tremosna
Majority of places are acessible in summer as well as in winter time. Yet some trails are not maintained, especially the trail between Tremosna, Kazatelna and Pod Malou Tremosnou crossroad. We recommend you to travel on roads covered by snow. Mostly tehese are not sprinkled with industrial salt and there are beaten cross country tracks on their sides. The trail between Teslin and the Padrtske ponds is very beautiful in winter. Also, cross-country skiers like the trail to Pilska dam, or to Octarna by Obecnice.
A Trip to Brdce
Brdce, the sixth highest peak of the Brdy, was for some time considered as a place which would host the American missile base. However, for people visit this place seldomly, it was eliminated from the list. Nepomuk is a great place to start to Brdce. Here take Andelska orest road, then turn left to Borska forest trail. In about 1.5 kilometer you will pass Kraus' Cross, and soon you reach one of forest cabins in the Brdy – Emanuel's cabin. Both places are linked to the forest overseer Emanuel Kraus. The cross carrying My God My Consolation and the initials EK was built by Kraus in 1863. Back then a fully loaded carriage turned over here, fortunately nobody was hurt. By going down Borska trail we reach U Vojaka crossroads. It is signed with a picture on a tree. Here make a turn to the right which brings you very close to the destination. This shallow klippe separates Brdce from Hradiste. Soon turn right while going down the road. The road goes around Brdce. To get to the top, you need to get off the road.
Meadov Enclave of Bor
You can return along the same trail from Brdce until you get to Nepomuk. But only if you have still some strenght left in you. You can make the trip longer and leave U Vojaka klippe and go along forest trail Borska to Bor enclave. A Tyrol style cabin stood there until the year 1959 which was formerly an old strcuture dating back to the 18. century was renovated. In the present, only some lone fruit trees and a small pond are left of the cabin. Leave this place along the green trail and make turn to Bhaneska forest trail. It takes you to another meadov enclave of Skelna Hut and from here go down to Laz.
If you don't feel like making a long trek, go to the chateau near Vysoka u Pribrami. Snow covered fields between Bohutin and Vysoka has often several beaten tracks. Hence, these are not so strenous to take making them ideal for people who want easy trip to the Brdy.
What to Take With You?
Well, first of all, as we told in a previous article on the Brdy – take a paper map with you. Learn the trail thoroughly for there are no signs in many areas. In winter especially, take good, warm clothes. There are no cabins in the Brdy which would shelter you against a storm. If you set out from any place you start at by car, you should consider it leaving it in a village for some roads are not maintained throughout the winter. A tourist bus Pribram goes there regularly.
GPS: (Nepomuk) 49°38'32.3"N 13°50'14.2"E
Text: Eliška Gregorová
Photos: Eliška Gregorová, Wikimedia Commons: Public domain
In the beginning of the year 2016 there will be the last chance for tourists to walk in a vast forest area they have never been to before. There are not even signs for tourists. The closed military area of Brdy will be open to the public. It means that only 90 kilometers from the south end of Prague you will have an opportunity to walk somewhere beyond Rozmital through the woods without stumbling upon any settlement or a busy road!
If you consider yourselves fans of winter weather, you can finally after a long time enjoy true winter in the Czech Republic. Moreover, cross-country skiing is great and we recommend you a trek in the Jizerske Mountains. You would be headed from Horni Polubne to Bedrichov. This trek is of middle-difficulty. It is from 24 to 30 kilometres long (depending on what trail you choose). So how to do this?
If you like cross-country skiing, Sumava is the best place for you. The landscape is beautiful and its relief of mild uphill and long downhill terrain makes it great for cross-country skiing. When you are not into fast paced skiing on Sumava's trails, you can enjoy beautiful nature and local specialties. I present several tips to make interesting trips around Prasily, Srni, Modrava and Kvilda.
Praha is an easy-to-spot hill towering above Nepomuk, behind the highest mountain of the Brdy - Tok. It lags behind only three meters. On its top is a meteorological radar and there are also remains of a German radar station.
Kloboucek is a bit in the shadow of Tok, Prague, Tremosna and other known peaks, but it is definitely worth a visit. Kloboucek is easily accessible from nearby Obecnice and a new forest trail leads to it.
Snow conditions are not ideal in the Czech Republic at the moment, but most people are attracted to the mountains anyway. So today let yourself be lured into Špindlerův Mlýn.
The Ore Mountains are an ideal place for hiking, offering countless excursions. In winter, when there is enough snow, it turns into a cross-country paradise. There are so many great routes from Boží Dar that it would be a pity not to come here in winter.
Zavírka and Linkův Cross are among the most mysterious places in the Brdy, which are associated with many legends. In winter you can also get to Zavírka on cross-country skis and the mysterious Link Cross will be best sought during the period of vegetation calm, so both places are ideal tips for a winter trip to Brdy.
Jedová hora is located near Hořovice near the famous castle Valdek. Easy access and interesting surroundings make it an ideal tip for a trip to Brd. Feel free to do so in December.
Although the closure lags behind the highest peaks in Brdy, thanks to its convenient location near Skelná Hut and Pilská Reservoir, it is also an ideal place for a shorter winter cross-country trip.
Cross-country skiing is the number one winter activity this year due to the closure of downhill skiing and snowboarding centers. However, the popular Jizera Mountains are already bursting, especially on weekends at the seams. But where else to go for a nice run? Ore Mountains, for example, are offered.
Downhill skiing or snowboarding is probably not waiting for us this year, but cross-country skiers also offer great variety in these times. Today we will go to the Jizera Mountains. Cross-country skiing conditions are great, tracks beautifully prepared.
Prague is a popular tourist destination in Brdy, a hike to this hill can be combined with a trip to other nearby peaks such as Malý Tok or Hradiště. The big advantage is that once you climb to Prague, it will be easy for you to reach other interesting places in the area.
Unmistakable Třemošná, towering over Příbram, is one of the most visited places in Brdy. However, its ridge continues with two slightly neglected peaks, namely Ohrádka and Malá Ohrádka. If you are looking for places with dazzling views, this ridge will surely delight you, with good visibility from here you can see all the way to Šumava.
Snowy Brdy have their magic, and more and more cross-country skiers are attracting in the winter season. There are many forest paths in the area in the winter, and if you are lucky, you will also find traces of trails. You can go for example up the dominant of the region of Pribram - Tremosna or somewhat deeper into the Brdy forests up to Skelna Hut.
The Brdy is a place to visit not only in summer. They are magical as well when covered in snow. Both Houpak and the former Jordan impact area were only recently opened to the public. Houpak is an ideal place with perfect panoramatic vista. People who like long trips will love it here.
Pribram is situated at the edge of the Brdske uphills. This area is known for high mining activity in the past. Also, it is one of the most well-known sites of pilgrimage in the Czech Republic.
The largest pond in the Pilsen region is located in the middle of the Brdy forests and not far from the remains of many defunct sites.
In the comming weeks we are about to see some of the most beautiful places in Brdy. First, however, we talk about Brdy protected nature area in general. It is one of the newest protected nature areas in the Czech Republic being established in January 2016. Therefore, areas which were of once restricted access.
Plešivec, výrazný protáhlý kopec v blízkosti Jinec, není možné přehlédnout. Místo patří k těm nejtajemnějším, jaká můžeme v Brdech najít. Váže se k němu mnoho pověstí.
If freezing weather doesn't deter you and you love this sport, Bedrichov and its surroundings is the perfect place to be. It is easy to reach by public transportation (from Jablonec nad Nisou or Liberec) or by private means of transportation.
Jakuszyce village is situated in the Jizerske Mountains but in Poland, mere six kilometers by E65 road from Harrachov to Szklarska Poreba. People who love historic landmarks will be probably disappointed but people who love relax and sport will love it there. In the summer season, bikers can make a use of a vast network of trails as well as walkers. In the winter season, high altittude and climate make the area around Jakuszyce a great place for cross-country skiers. They can ride on 100 kilometers of ski trails of varied difficulties. These cross-country tracks in Poland are connected to tracks in the Czech Republic.
Mining industry is one of the things that made Pribram well known. This town is also a place of Svata Hora pilgrimage site. Today we are about to visit the town of Brezove Hory.
Without Antonin Dvorak we wouldn't even probably here of this town. Apart from memorials of the famous composer, the area features beautiful forests and many vistas over the Sumava.
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