» CZ: Autumn Trek to Dedek and Baba Granite Boulders Near Zihle
CZ: Autumn Trek to Dedek and Baba Granite Boulders Near Zihle
Join us for a trip 50 kilometers from Plzen. It starts at Zihle village. In case you don't want to travel by car, take a train instead. Both express trains and passanger trains stop in this village. Zihle is one of the stop along the Plzen-Zatec line. Local train station is an important junction thanks to the Kralovice-Manetin bus line. Today, we shall see huge granite boulders of Dedek and Baba. These were created by wind erosion and disintegration of granite. One needs only little imagination to spot other fairy-tale boulders – granddaughter, whale, duck, hare...
Close the train station, there is a direction board. We chose the yellow tourist trail leading up to forest. Be careful, it starts off uphill. If you get here by car, you can ride the first kilometer to the forest by which there is a small car park. The sidewalk and the village of Zihle end here. We took a right turn. Soon, a little rivuret appeared to our right side. It springs off close to the forest walkway. In the past, when we were young, we would drink its crystal clear water. However, don't practice this today. There are several springs from which the locals drink. However, you shouldn't risk it. Close to the crossroads, starts a tourist trail which takes you around Dedek and Baba boulders. Should you go uphill or straight on, it takes about 2 kilometers to reach one of the two granite boulders. If your way is the straight one, Baba would be your first boulder to encounter.
It was our decision to follow the yellow tourist trail which went uphill. Soon we began to spot small boulders scattered across forest. These may look like some fairy tale creatures, animals or anything you like i t to. The boulder Dedek soon appeared among trees. Next to it was a roofed wooden bench. Here we put our backpacks and started to explore the surroundings of the boulder. Close to Dedek there are other boulders – whale, granddaughter, dolphine and others.
To my belief, if you travel in any direction you encoutner an interesting boulder. The granite boulder dubbed Baba is about 200 meters down the yellow tourist trail. It is much larger and its shapes are more interesting. You can even climb it, if you dare. However, I don't recommend this. Baba like Dedek is about 6 meters high. You may even rest by this boulder. In addition to that, there are information boards with loads of interesting information. We even learn that both boulders are almost 10 meters wide! Should you desire to make your stay here longer, I recommend you to ho to Viklany. To get there, you need to follow the yellow tourist trail wrapping Ovci dul. Next Thursday we bring you an article about this location.
In case you love geocaching, I have a good news for you. There are all sorts of "caches" along the way and they are amazingly well-made!
GPS: (train station) 50°02'48.0"N 13°21'46.7"E
Text and photos: Kateřina Fúdorová
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