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IN THE LAND OF YELLOW WATER-LILIES AND GREY ERRATIC BOULDERS
The 155 km trail is ideal for enthusiasts of traditional Belarusian ethnography and folklore. Those interested in active recreation will enjoy cycling routes, local environmental education walking trails, and the opportunity for boating. The main backbone trail is a circular route running through Lepel – Barsuki – Latygalichi – Krasnoluki – Volosovichi – Lepel. Rest stops along the cycle route are linked to natural, historical and cultural attractions. Some of them are associated with opportunities to experience traditional folklore initiatives. The trail’s name: 'In the Land of Yellow Water-lilies and Grey Erratic Boulders' refers to the history and nature of the Lepel Region. Ancient Balt people called their villages 'Lepels' or 'Yellow Water-lilies' in recognition of the natural beauty of the area. The greenway introduces visitors to outstanding natural sites and habitats.The greenway’s logo, created by a local artist Galina Zhuravleva, symbolizes how natural resources of the Lepel Region contribute to sustainable tourism.
Main tourist attractions and towns along this trail (nature and cultural heritage)
Old Belarusian domestic items in Old Lepel Village
Visit a local collector's exhibition of old Belarusian domestic items and a private museum presenting everyday life of Lepel inhabitants from the late 19th century and early 20th century.
'Akanitsa' in Okono Village
Experience traditional songs performed by the 'Akanitsa' folklore group.
'Tereska’s marriage' in Anoshki Village
Traditional Christmas game called 'Tereska’s marriage' with guests and villagers.
Visit the historic Belarusian 'Lukshyna' farm, which is being adapted for tourism purposes.
General characteristic of the Greenway
Main backbone (circular 155 km trail) running from Lepel – Old Lepel – Selishche – Okono – Barsuki – Yushki – Vily – Anoshki – Zamoshje – Good Water – Lotygalichi – Krasnoluki – Gogolevka – Volosovichi – Polsvizh – Lepel. Cycle trail is signposted in green.
Water Trail along the Essa river (approx. 20 km) – signposted in blue.
- Length – 155 km
forestry/countryside roads – 2,6 %
quiet asphalt roads – 97,4 %
Main users – cyclists, hikers (nature tours), kayakers
Inter-modality possibilities (connections to closest cities/towns and options for using public transport train/bus) – local buses to Polotsk, then Lepel. Accommodation in agro-tourism farms.Relevant web sites or links: www.ruralbelarus.by, www.holiday.by
Greenways in Belarus – a catalogue and a brochure containing description of the trail loops and local cultural and natural heritage resources (in Russian).
Contact to Trail Organisation
Network of GWs in Belarus
|Photos, text: Dominika Zareba, Valeria Klitsounova, Elena Vetrova, Tsimur Kroll | Drawings: Iwona Siwek-Front|
|Project "Greenways for Belarus", implemented by the Polish Environmental Partnership Foundation and the "Agro and Ecotourism" Association, is financed thanks to the support from the Program of Polish Aid of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland in 2006.|