Trekking bike tour
Ergis #ID: 469
Podkrkonose 2 - At the foot of the Krkonose Mountains (Trecking, MTB)
Vrchlabí Giant Mountains Museum - Three houses - Vrchlabí Giant Mountains Museum - Three houses
The starting point of this tour is in Vrchlabi on the parking lot of the Museum "Tri domky" (Three houses). The tour follows the main road of Vrchlabi northern direction. After approx 300 m we reach the town square with the old city hall, the castle and the castle's park. We will follow the main road towards Prague until we reach the priority street, where we turn right towards Jilemnice. After about 1 km, we turn left to Horni Brana.
In Horni Branna we turn right and after approx 50 m we can see the castle of Horni Branna. If the gate of the castle is open we can bike through the park with its restaurant. If the gate is closed turn left at the next street and follow it
for about 100m towards Jilemnice. Before reaching the Harrach's tomb in Horni Branna turn left where close to the small lake we meet the path that leads through the park. At the lake we turn right up the gravel way to a barrrier across the path. We bike around the barrier from the left side and follow the path through the forest to another bar that we again pass on its left. A small pond on the right side invites us to rest, but swimming is not permitted here as the pont has been built for fish farming. We continue straight to the village of Martinice, across a unfenced railroad crossing .
After approx. 150 meters, we reach the road no.293, where we turn to the right. After about 400m we turn left again onto a forest path and then immidiately to the right. We will follow this path crossing a tarred road. After approx. 1,5 km the path turns to the right. It will take us across a meadow up to the top of the hill. We will follow a field path that isn't in very good condition all the way to the main road no.286, where we will turn right towards Jilemnice.
On the first crossroad before we reach Jilemnice we will turn left towards the hospital and immediately to the right. We are on the "curious street" now that will take us down to the town square. We will go straight past the information center, take the first street to the right and the next to the left. We will then reach the main road no. 293 where we will turn left and follow it to Hrabacov.
In Hrabacov we bike straight on the main road no.14 towards Benecko. After approx 1,6 kms we take a right turn onto a good tar road the right and cross Stepanice towards Benecko. Here is wher the ascent begins. After approximately 3 kms we turn to the right towards Mrklov and go up the hill all the way to Knezice.
After we reached the intersection called "Krizovky" we ride down towards Vrchlabi. After approx 200 m, the road branches off to the right. We will take this turn as this away has a beautiful view of the lookout tower of Zaly 1018 m high (to the left). Later, on the right sight we can see Smejkalova Bouda where we can have a rest - unless we continue to the Knezicka Chalupa, where we can sit outside and enjoy a delicious plate of potato pancakes with garlic. After our rest we continue straight slightly up hill to the Chapel of St. Ann. This chapel has been restored in 1999 and offers yet another beautiful view on Vrchlabi and the surrounding area. From here we will go down the hill. Holding to the right, over the pedestrian bridge and down the gravel road to the town. We will bike past the Monastery to the parking lot of the museum "Tri domky" Three Houses.
|Elevation rise||800 m||Landscape||3|
|Maximal altitude||750 m||Funfactor||2|
|Minimal altitude||400 m||