Forest nature routes

The Pszczółkowskie Hills

The forest nature Wzgórza Pszczółkowskie route is located in the area of protected landscape in the south-eastern part of Sława Śląska forest inspectorate and it runs through an extensive forest complex between Stare Strącze, Krzydłowiczki and Pszczółkowo places.

The extreme points of the route are:

-        a railway viaduct beyond Stare Strącze village, on Sława-Głogów road;

-        an old park on the outskirts of Stare Strącze village (in the direction of Wschowa);

-        Pszczółkowo.

You can travel by bike or on foot, the transition time is about 4 hours.

Beginning the hike from the railway viaduct we enter the area of terminal moraines - the trace of the last Baltic glaciations, when the sculpture of the earth's surface was shaped. Strolling you come across numerous boulders, underthrusts, ponds, lakes, ravines and kames left by the glacier.

The first stopping spot. The stone called Mietek is the largest one in the area and it is a natural monument of inanimate nature. Then you can meet some traces of a former settlement. The Gallows Mountain reminds of ways of dispensing justice in distant times. The gallows on the hill warned offenders travelling from Głogów. Nearby there is a 'Castle Hill' and a stone called Jędrek. This stone is smaller than Mietek.

It's time for mountain-climbing – in front of you there is the Old Vine Mountain (131m above sea level, the highest hill in the area) and there is a picturesque view of surrounding woods.

In the past the south-eastern slope of Winna Góra was covered with vineyards but today it is overgrown by  a locust-tree forest. There you can see some ruins of buildings where harvests were stored and wine was produced.

Walking down the hill you cross a valley leading to the Black Pond. Water in the pond is so acidulated that there is small vegetation and peat causes the black colour of water. Beech tree forests on the moraine slopes and steep ravines - the evidence of glaciation - are particularly charming in autumn when beech-trees have beautiful red leaves and in winter when the ravine's slopes are covered with snow. Next you can reach the stopping spot called  'At the cross-roads' - the central point of the route.

If you choose the second route you can follow the directions and from the point called 'At the cross-roads' you can admire: the Old River Valley abounding with vegetation marsh and wet meadows, a birch alley which leads to the place of reconstruction of coniferous forest into deciduous forest with charming beech-trees brushwood and finally you get at the forest with brushwood beech wood. Near the village there is a small  retention point where the family of beavers live. These animals building dams water nearby woods as well as support foresters in a natural way.

The last point on the route is a manor park with lots of splendid trees. A lot of them are natural monuments. In the park you can rest on benches in one of the various parades, admire flowers - lily of the valley is very popular here, ivy and lots of other plants.

If you choose the route to Pszczółkowo, then, from the 'At the crossing-roads' point going towards the south you can admire another part of the Old River Valley full of meadow vegetation, marshes and orchids. Next you reach the ‘Source of Betrayal’ (you can read a legend about a couple of lovers which is connected with that source).


The route runs across meadows, through the wood and leads to the hill, where in the Medieval Ages was a powerful city belonging to the Duchy of Głogów. Its aim was to protect the road from Głogów to Poznań. Next you get at the postal route connecting Great Poland with Lower Silesia, you pass the ruins of a water mill on the Old River and you get at Pszczółkowo.

The Biology lesson

Hiking or cycling according to marks and stopping spots you enter the Oak avenue also called 'The forester's way to the wood'. Next you reach the point called the ‘Fallen Tree'. Nearby there is a board where you can find information about natural values of forest meadow which is now ecological grounds called 'Myszkowskie March'. In this particular area you can find mostly bog vegetation and moss. Strolling towards the next stopping spot - 'Various forest habitats' - you pass the remains of trenches from the period of the Second World War. You reach the place with a view of 'Myszkowskie March'. There you can observe the process of natural ecological succession, it means, gradual appearance of forest plants in the area of wet meadow and peat bogs. Next to it there is a magnificent natural monument, the highest tree in the area - the ash with a trace after lightning strike. The route leads you to the next points: the 'Pile Brushwood', the 'Pasture', the 'Shed' and the 'What the forest gives us'. Wandering to the next point you pass an area with a pine forest and you reach the place called 'The natural oak regeneration'. There, in the area of fenced cultivation, an oak seedlings grow. In autumn you can meet jays there. Next you reach the point called 'Mushrooming' and after that the next ecological grounds called 'The Loving Meadow'. There is a view of the Sławskie Lake and the Bird Island – the biggest island on the lake. It's time for the end of our hike. The stopping spot 'Be careful of fire' leads up to the forest again. Nearby there is a closed excavation where clay for pottery products was gained. Then the route leads along a spruce plantation towards the forester. The (transition) walking  time is about 2,5-3 hours.