Sunday, 28 August 2016

Walking in Cesky Raj

I apologize for not posting for a few weeks. My elderly father has been in hospital. He came out today, just three days before I fly back to the Czech Republic from England. I have some clients coming into the country on walking holidays, including a group of walkers from Yorkshire.

I have devised a pack of walks for them in the beautiful and spectacular landscape of Czech Paradise or Cesky Raj. They will be based in my favourite town in the region - Jicin. Close to the town are two major rock towns. These "towns" are complexes of huge pillars of sandstone carved by the weather over thousands of years.

The nearest rock town to Jicin is the Prachovske Skaly (above), indeed it is so close that the Yorkshire walkers will be walking through the rock town and back to Jicin. In addition to the trail that goes through the rocks, there are also two circular routes which climb up and down through the pillars. 

But walking in Czech Paradise isn't all about rock towns. There are less dramatic walks through verdant countryside past traditional wooden cottages like this one above. 

Of course I have to check out the walks, which is one reason I will be driving to Jicin in a fortnight's time. It's hard work, but somebody's got to do it!


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