Nature and Educational Trails
Slate Heritage Educational Trail
Before taking the educational trail, we recommend first visiting the exhibition entitled Imaginarium of Slate, housed in the building of the Bílá Holubice Leisure Centre.
Opening hours of the imaginarium during the summer holidays:
Tue, Wed, Fri 12:00–16:00
Sat, Sun, public holidays 12:00–17:00
Visits on Mondays and Thursdays only by prior telephone agreement
Imaginarium - 15 CZK; admission for children under 6 years is free
For those interested, be they large or small groups, guided tours can be arranged in Czech and Polish, both for visits to the imaginarium and for the walk along the educational trail.
We recommend arranging the services of a guide in advance, using the form you can find on the website (in Czech) of the Zálužné Citizens Association: http://os-zaluzne.webnode.cz/dedictvi-bridlice-naucna-stezka/, or by phoning: +420 722 085 248.
The total length of the trail is roughly 7 km. It starts and finishes inside the area of the Bílá Holubice Leisure Centre. Along the trail are 16 stops, with a total of 22 information boards and 3 rest points. Information is presented in Czech and Polish.
The educational trail leads along forest and field tracks, occasionally along a road. It is suitable for families with children. Only in one short section does it cut across a meadow. In the terrain around the Nittmann Mine are two places where the path drops steeply. These can be safely circumnavigated, however. In two sections the trail leads along the same road in both directions.
Guiding you along the trail are a series of peg–signposts. Besides having arrows to point you in the right direction, they also show the number of the next stop. Other sections of the trail that are more difficult to navigate additionally use the standard footpath signs usually found on nature trails. To help you navigate your way, on each information board is a small map highlighting the place where you are currently standing. Thanks to the layout of the route, you can adapt it to experience the trail in any order you wish.
Nýtek Nature Trail
The foot trail starts and finishes in the settlement of Nýtek. The trail is administered by the organisation LČR, s. p., LS Vítkov.
Just 2.4 km long, the primary focus of the trail is natural history. It is not difficult to walk, but the surface underfoot is not hardened. The trail is not marked. In the winter when the ground is covered in snow the trail is not accessible. As part of the trail, you can also take a look at a former stone quarry.
School’s Educational Trail
The School’s Educational Trail was set up in 2012 by Vítkov Komenský Street Elementary School.
The trail is 7 km long and has 8 stops.
This is a publically accessible outdoor exhibition. It measures approximately 50 km in length and is divided into 5 mutually interlinked trails and circuits, marked by the letters A–E. These trails link up with other educational trails and tourist destinations in the Landscape of Slate. Its primary interest is the extraction of slate, and to this end it weaves a path through many beautiful localities in which slate was formerly mined and quarried. The trail is designed for both walkers and cyclists.
For more information head to www.krajinabridlice.cz