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NECKLACE OF THE NORTH GREENWAY
The Necklace of the North is an 870-km-long bicycle trail running through the post-glacial landscapes of Central and Eastern Pomerania in northern Poland, providing opportunities to explore hundreds of lakes and morraine features created 12,000 years ago. The Drawskie, Bytowskie and Krajenskie Lake Districts located along the greenway provide numerous recreational opportunities. The most important protected areas along the greenway are: The Bory Tucholskie National Park and three Landscape Parks – Drawski, Zaborski and Wdzydzki. A number of local heritage products are characteristic to the region and are available to greenway visitors. These include organic flour from a traditional mill in Debrzno, Barwice bread made in local agrotourism farms, handicraft products made of birch twigs from Skowarnki, dry flower bouquets and compositions, pottery from Czluchow and traditional Kashubian embroidery.
Main tourist attractions and towns along this trail (nature and cultural heritage)
Towns and villages on the main backbone of the greenway (870 km, sign-posted): Debrzno – Zlotow – Jastrowie – Okonek – Borne Sulinowo – Czaplinek – Kalisz Pomorski – Drawsko Pomorskie – Polczyn Zdroj – Barwice – Szczecinek – Bobolice – Polanow – Bialy Bor – Czluchow – Chojnice – Brusy – Karsin, Czersk – Tuchola – Kamien Krajenski – Debrzno.
General characteristic of the Greenway
Geographical reference mark (major access points/start/end of a greenway)
–The greenway runs through 4 voivodeships (zachodniopomorskie, kujawsko – pomorskie, wielkopolskie and pomorskie) and as many as 30 municipalities. The trail begins in the town of Debrzno (5,000 inhabitants) and runs through the following:
Debrzno – Zlotow – Jastrowie – Okonek – Borne Sulinowo – Czaplinek – Kalisz Pomorski – Drawsko Pomorskie – Polczyn Zdroj – Barwice – Szczecinek – Bobolice – Polanow – Bialy Bor – Czluchow – Chojnice – Brusy – Karsin, Czersk – Tuchola – Kamien Krajenski.
- Length – main backbone - 870 km+ 3,500 km of local trails/loops.
65 % quiet asphalt roads with low traffic
30 % forestry roads
5% - countryside roads
Main users – mainly cyclists and cycle long-distance tourists (individual), organized groups visiting the region by bike, foot, on horse-back or kayak, kayakers;Inter-modality possibilities (connections to closest cities/towns and options for using public transport train/bus with relevant web sites or links);
Each town on the main backbone (listed above) is a good starting point –accessible by public transport (bus and train).
Available maps and guidebooks
Contact to Trail OrganisationMarek Romaniec (Greenway coordinator), tel. +48 59 833 57 50, mobile: +48 509 810 249, e-mail: email@example.com
Information available in Polish and German.
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.|