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Race centre:: Active retreat centre "Ozolkalns" (camping). GoogleMap here!
Race programme:: Here!
Detailed distance maps:: bit.ly/OzolkalnaStirnuBuks
An epic end of the season – will it truly be as epic as we claim it to be? And why shouldn’t it be? We truly think so as Cēsis in not only one of the oldest, but also one of the most Latvian towns there is. Rich in beautiful scenery and historical evidence, it embodies an intriguing spirit of antiquity and modern identity. Both the town of Cēsis and the county of Cēsis are some of the most tempting Vidzeme tourist destinations. Throughout all seasons there are plenty of visitors who come here because they appreciate cultural and historical heritage, the beauty of nature and the slow-paced lifestyle of the town. Oh, and besides – Cēsis is the birthplace of Latvian flag!
Cēsis was established on the edge of the Gauja valley between the lands of Tālava and Idumeja. In 11th century Vendi people came to Cēsis and settled at Riekstu hill. Right after Vendi accepted Christianity in 1206, the Order of Sword Brothers transformed the Vendi castle into a fortress for their crusades to Estonia. In 1237 after the Sword Brothers were defeated during the Battle of the Sun, Cēsis became the residency of the master of newly established Livonian order.
The Gauja river valley is undeniably trail run’s organizing team’s second biggest source of inspiration right after Āžu hill, so we want to come back here time and time again!
EnterGauja:: “Gauja National park is the place to seek for adventure while you explore and learn at the same time. The variety of offered adventures lets anyone choose the pace and scenario of their trip. The beginnings of the Gauja river valley can be found more than 350 million years ago. Nowadays here you can find breath-taking sights of nature, cliffs and caves. The longest river in Latvia, Gauja, runs through the park itself. The river is exciting as it is full of twists and turns – 98 of them only in the park’s territory! The park is also home to two thirds of Latvia’s known caves and more than 500 objects of cultural history – castle mounds, castles, churches, manors, water mills, windmills, as well as countless monuments of archaeology, architecture and art.”
Race centre – active retreat centre “Ozolkalns”, right next to it – winter retreat centre “Žagarkalns”, but near both of them – Cīrulīši nature trails and Mirror cliffs (Spoguļklintis). We think that should be epic enough!
The trails of Stirnu buks in the heart of Vidzeme are still co-created by Artis Ločmelis (“VSK Burkānciems”)! An extra-epic “Thank you” goes out to Ģirts Kaļķis (active retreat centre “Ozolkalns”) and Juris Žagars (winter retreat complex “Žagarkalns”)!
And remember – you are in especially protected nature area – the Gauja National park! We encourage you to protect and be mindful of the valuable objects created by nature and people!
See you in Ozolkalns!!!
In the Medieval ages Cēsis castle and church wee enclosed with narrow, tortuous streets that spread out to all directions and were cover with houses of craftsmen and merchants. Although wars have destroyed the town’s medieval housing, the historical town centre has managed to stay nearly untouched throughout centuries.
The houses have intertwined with the town’s unique backyards and squares – Rose square, Unity square, Liv square and other objects of historical significance. After taking a stroll around old town, visit the Castle park and May park, both of which are wonderful places for all-year-round strolls and meetings. I turisms.cesis.lv
Cēsis castle (German: Schloß Wenden) is the most notable and best-preserved medieval castle in Latvia. The Order of Sword Brothers started the castle’s construction in 1218, but its golden-times came with the arrival of its next owner – the German Order. The castle went through the devastating Livonian war as the strongest fortress in Livonia. In September of 1577 almost 300 of the castle’s inhabitants that were seeking asylum there and didn’t want to be conquered by troops of Ivan the Terrible, chose to blow themselves up using gunpowder. After the Great Northern War was over, the castle was not restored – only the former gate of the suburb was rebuilt into the Cēsis manor house also known as the Cēsis New Castle. Nowadays Cēsis castle is the most favored sightseeing spot amongst town’s visitors, as well as one of the most impressive tourist destinations in Latvia. | Wikipedia.org I turisms.cesis.lv
Cīrulīši nature trails give you a chance to get to know the development of Gauja valley from the Ice age up until now! They reveal the secrets of the history of River Gauja and its surrounding nature. How was the river created? What ancient plants could you see here? What were the first inhabitants like? You’ll find out the answers if you choose to take a walk around here!
The territory has two well-managed and easily accessible routes – 2,7 and 4,6 km long. During the walk one can come across a few exciting nature objects: the impressive Mirror cliffs (Spoguļklintis or Cīrulīšu klintis) that shine themselves in the river’s waters, the Dzirdravots, Līgava cave that will tell you the tale of love’s power once more, and, of course, the Cīrulīši cave.
Āraiši archaeologic park consists of ancient 9th-10th century abiding places – the reconstruction of a wooden lake castle complex, 14th-17th century medieval castle ruins, as well as stone and bronze age housing exposition on the Meitu island.
Āraiši archaeologic park gives an opportunity to explore the way of ancient inhabitant’s lives – what they ate, how they dressed, why did the castle drown and how it was resurrected. Archaeologic park offers excursions and programmes that let you become a part of ancient inhabitant’s day-to-day life and celebrations. I turisms.cesis.lv
Suited for quite active walkers who enjoy combining nature exploration and physical activities. This is a route full of not only excellent views of Gauja valley and its history starting in Ice age, but also hidden secrets of the boreal forests. The route goes through the Gauja National park.
“Ozolkalns” – Cīrulīši nature trails – Mūrleja street – Gauja street – bridge over river Gauja – Kvēpenes street – lake Raiskums – near banks of Sveķupīte river – near banks of Lenčupe river – Pārgauja street (the Red cliffs) – bridge over river Gauja – Gauja street – Alkšņu street – Kovārņu street – “Cīrulīši” – “Ozolkalns” – 24 km overall. You can also take the simplified version of the route which is 8 km long and takes you the bridge over river Gauja. See the map of the route HERE.
Suited for travellers who want to see not only the Latvian small-town life, but also appreciate the nature and see one of the monolithic sandstone cliff walls in Baltic states – Ērģeļu cliffs. The destinations of this route are easily combined with public transportation.
Cēsis railroad station – Raunas – Lenču street – Pieškalni – Ērgļu (Ērģeļu) cliffs – Rāmnieki – Jāņmuiža.
Kvēpene castle mound is considered to be the most probable location of the Satekla castle. In the 13th century Satekla was ruled over by Rūsins (Rūsiņš), who was called one of the most heroic of latgalians in the Livonian Cronicle of Henry. In 1212 Rūsins took part in the Autīne revolt battle, when Latgalians and Livs united against the German invasion. Rūsins lead the defence battle of Satezele castle in Sigulda and was killed during the fight.
Kvēpene great oak is one of the 20 greatest oaks in Latvia.
Attraction park “Supervāvere” is located in Ozolkalns – surrounded by the Gauja valley trees and magnificent sights over it. Here you can take a walk until you come across the banks of river Gauja or challenge yourself by taking the obstacle course in the treetops.
The obstacle course is suitable for anyone 110 cm or taller – starting with kids and even senior citizens. There are more than 60 obstacles in the park, two of the routes finish up with a free fall, but the longest one – the Adventure trail stands out with its 250 m long cable ride.
Gauja is the most popular boating river in Latvia that spitefully cascades through Vidzeme with its 440 twists and turns. Surprisingly, if you draw a straight line between its source and mouth of the sea, it’s only 90 km long! When it comes to water tourism, you can divide Gauja in three parts: HES cascade part, Popular part and the Downstream part.
HES cascade part is bellowed amongst the boaters and “collectors of different scenery”. There you can also find lovely one to two days long routes with local boat rental spots. For the next 115 km, Gauja is full of fast flows, lakes and dams.
This is a great, majestic wall that stands up straight from river Gauja. These are the most impressive cliffs in the Gauja valley with their characteristic monolithic sandstone surface. Legend says that echo’s that came upon these cliffs sounded like organ (Latvian: ērģeles) – that’s where they got their name, although their original name was Pieškaļu rock.
On top of the cliffs is a sightseeing platform that lets you have a scenic look over vast forests and the turns of river Gauja. Right next to the platflorm, going step by step, you can take the 2 km long hiking route. Cliff wall is 700 m long – cliff’s western part which is hidden behind the trees is 21,5 m high. By the lower part where the cliffs have almost ended and where you can reach the river, one can see the Ērgļu niche and springs. I turisms.cesis.lv
For travellers, that are not scared of big changes in relief and want to enjoy the steep banks of the river Amata on their own skin. The trail which goes next to the right bank of the river, twists and turns on both the upper and lower part of the valley, that’s why the visitors encounter 40 m difference in height. This can be considered as a sort of geo-tourism route, as it introduces you to the Devonian period’s dolomite and sandstone outcrops that are located in the Amata valley created by a glacier.
Camel park “Rakši” lets you enjoy the feeling of riding a camel, touching the fur of alpaca and taking a walk in the forest together with a llama. “Rakši” have more than 80 active and friendly animals you can feed and take a picture with. In the century, when most of the information is gained from Google, this is a great way to disconnect from technology and let yourself enjoy the natural happiness given by animal’s company and spirit of adventure.