Route 36: With Babia Góra above your head
Jabłonka, Lipnica Wielka (4,5 km) Kiczory (12 km) Zubrzyca Górna (22 km) Zubrzyca Dolna (28 km) Podwilk (33 km) Orawka (37 km) Jabłonka (43,6 km)
43,6 km, 5,6 h, difficulty – medium
Altitude profile of the route:
The route, rich in beautiful views, with several climbs and numerous views of the Babia Góra Mountain, leads through the historical region of Orawa. The trip starts in the centre of Jabłonka (parking next to the bank and bus stop). After driving 600 m south, we turn right by the firehouse and head towards Lipnica Wielka. After 4 km, we reach the intersection in the village. We turn right and, after a while we pass the Loreto belfry. Then a long, but not too strenuous uphill ride awaits us to the foot of Babia Góra. We cycle a few kilometres through Lipnica Wielka (a historic church in the centre). Having passed the church, after 2 km we turn right into an asphalt road next to a large school building and cycle up the hill to Kiczory, where – after reaching the green hiking trail – we turn left (next to the firehouse building). There we can admire a wide panorama of Babia Góra. We cycle almost 4 km (initially in the open ground, then through the forest) to the intersection with the asphalt road. We turn right and cycle a few kilometre section through the forest, partly through the Babia Góra National Park. We reach the provincial road, turn right into it and after a while we are in front of the open-air museum in Zubrzyca Górna. We cycle a few kilometres downhill through the village. After about 500 m, having passed the firehouse in Zubrzyca Dolna we turn left into the scenic road to Podwilk. In the village at the intersection of local asphalt roads we go left, then onto the national road to the right and after 3.5 km we reach the church in Orawka. We follow narrow asphalt road up the hill (in front of the church parking lot) and after about 2.5 km we turn sharply right. A few more descents and climbs and we enter Jabłonka next to the stone church towering over the area. On the main road, we turn left and get to the parking lot, where we finish the trip.
ATTRACTIONS ON THE ROUTE:
1. Loreto belfries in Orawa – a frequent element of the Beskid landscape. According to highlanders' beliefs, the sound of the Loreto bell was used to ward off evil demons, known as "płanetniki", which haunted their homes when the storms were approaching. The belfries were exclusively wooden, of pole construction, and the better-preserved ones are covered with shingles.
2. The church in Lipnica Wielka – erected in 1769 in the late Baroque style. According to the legend, its erection was paid with robbed ducats in the place of the gallows where the Orawa robber Białoń was hanged.
3. Babia Góra National Park – created in 1954 to protect a classically shaped plant floor arrangement, a set of rock vegetation and endemics such as deer trimming, alpine cornea, alpine toccia. An Educational Centre operates at the headquarters of the Babia Góra National Park in Zawoja Barańcowa.
4. Orawa Ethnographic Park in Zubrzyca Górna – an open-air museum presenting typical 17th and 18th century buildings of the Orawa village. In addition to houses and outbuildings, there are also craft workshops, a bell tower, a school, an inn and a valuable monument – the Moniak family Manor from the 18th century. More information: tel. 18 285 27 09, www.orawa.eu.
5. Wooden church in Orawka – a valuable monument of wooden sacred architecture, of outstanding artistic value. Built in 1650-55. Next to the church, there is a stone chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows from 1728. The roof and walls of the church are covered with shingles. The interior of the temple is decorated with beautiful polychromy.
6. The church in Jabłonka – erected in 1817, in the classicistic style. Inside, we can admire the 19th-century and contemporary furnishings.