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Description of the trail:
Talsi Tourism Information Centre is suggested as the starting point of the route. There you can also get a brochure with detailed information on the route and its objects of interest. Together with visiting the Kamparkalns’ watching tower the hiking time is about 4 h and gives a fantastic opportunity to burn the daily calorie intake while enjoying spectacular views along the way on an 18 km distance.
The trail stretches away from the city centre along the Promenade of Lake Talsi in the direction of Ābeļi. Here you can see one of the 9 hillocks of Talsi city – Talsi Hillfort, at the foothills of which an ancient Curonian city had been located. The trail further passes the Ābeļezers (Apple tree Lake) and leads to Vanagkalns (Hawk Hill), where mosaic-like landscapes with expressive hills’ terrain characteristic to Talsi hillock region can already be noticed. The most distant point of the trail is Kamparkalns, which is the highest point in northern Kurzeme (174,8 m). A 28 m high watching tower rises on the top opening a great view on the Talsi hillocks’ landscape, forest, lakes and other objects. In winter 2 skiing tracks are operating in the area. Further on the route goes in the direction back to Talsi, passing Milzu kalns (Giant Hill) and Sirdsezers (Heart Lake). As one may suspect, the lake has got its name because of its heart-like shape. The area between Milzu kalns and Sirdsezers is called Vīnleja (Wine Valley), as there were wine gardens cultivated during the times of the Duchy of Courland. Sapņu lake (the lake of Dreams) is located at the foot of Milzu kalns. A nice resting area is installed here with a good view to the romantic lake. The last stage of the trail goes along the Beech (Fagus sylvatica) wood planted in 1890. In the end of the route you’ll return to Talsi and climb up on the Talsi Hillfort, which opens one of the best views to the Promenade of Lake Talsi and gives an opportunity to take some great pictures.
The trail is not marked, though there are many red, yellow and purple-coloured stripes on the wooden pales and trees along the way – don’t get confused, this is the marking for several cycling routes, as this area is very popular among cyclists. The route is also suitable both, for hikers and for cyclists.
In order to open the GPX file with the trail route on a mobile phone or computer, please install one of the hiking apps or maps, e.g., Wikiloc, Outdooractive, ViewRanger, OS Maps or any other GPX file reading programme or application.
Location: Talsi Hillocks, Lībagi Parish
Suggested starting point: Talsi Tourism Information Centre
Starting poing of the trail in the map: Lat: 57.24411, Lon: 22.59070
The Promenade of Lake Talsi
Hiking time: 4 h
Distance: 18 km
Marking: Not marked
Trail surface: Asphalt, gravel, path, forest road. Wooden boardwalk at the Promenade along the lake.
Getting there: by car, by bus
Rules to follow:
Trail administrator: Talsi County Municipality, +371 26469057, email@example.com
Sports ground and ski track Dziļlejas, Lībagi Parish, +371 26469057, www.kamparkalns.lv
Closest shops, gas stations: Talsi