Warmia and Mazury are covered by a network of bicycle routes. You can find all of them at www.mazury.travel, and we especially encourage you to follow three of them – the Trail along the Elbląg Canal, Łynostrada and Green Velo. It is also worth getting to know the Krutyn Bicycle Trail, ride the route around Lake Śniardwy and plan an expedition, which is currently underway, the Masurian Loop.
The route along the Elbląg Canal
The entire route is a little over 80 km long and leads from Ostróda to Elbląg. Leaving Ostróda, we will follow the bicycle road which shows the trail of the old railway line leading to Miłomłyn. Next, the trail runs along the Elbląg Canal, a waterway with unique in the world hydrotechnical devices enabling the passage of ships on slipways, transported in special wagons on the track. In the vicinity of Małdyty, the most interesting section of the Elbląg Canal begins with five slipways and a museum at the Buczyniec slipway. Going to Elbląg, we can see the nature reserve – Lake Druzno and the swing bridge over the Dzierzgoń river, and also reach the lowest point in Poland in Raczki Elbląskie.
Łynostrada is a bicycle route which runs along the Łyna River, from its sources to the former capital of Warmia in Lidzbark Warmiński. It is 114 km long and runs through the largest forest complex in the region, Napiwodzko-Ramucka Primeval Forest. Following the trail, we will cross the border of Warmia, we will also come across beautiful lakes in the upper reaches of the river, including Lake Łańskie, which has been associated for years with the rest of the politicians who rule our country. Then we will enter the capital of Warmia – Olsztyn. Here, the trail is called Olsztyn’s Łynostrada. We will get there, among others to the Old Town and the Castle of the Warmia Chapter. From Olsztyn, the route takes the name of the Warmia Łynostrada and leads to Dobre Miasto. From here we get to Lidzbark Warmiński with the castle of the Warmia bishops, Krasicki’s orangery and the High Gate.
Green Velo East Bicycle Trail
It is the longest and one of the most picturesque cycling routes in the country. The Warmian-Masurian section is almost 400 km long and leads from Elbląg, through Tolkmicko, Frombork, Braniewo, Pieniężno, Grówo Iławieckie, Lidzbark Warmiński, Bartoszyce, Sępopol, Korsze, Barciany and Srokowo, to Węgorzewo, Banie Mazurskie, Gołdap and Stańczyki, ending in Żytkiejmy. The route allows you to visit many cities and attractions of Warmia and Mazury. It is perfectly prepared – it abounds in rest areas, information boards and cyclist-friendly facilities where you can rest and eat before you set off on your way.
The Masurian Bicycle Loop, which is currently at an advanced stage of implementation, will soon be open. The trail will lead through the picturesque Land of the Great Masurian Lakes – from Węgorzewo through Giżycko and Mikołajki to the Pisz Forest – and will be approximately 300 km long. In the north, the route will connect with the Green Velo.