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“Wild but beautiful”

Bieszczady National Park
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Lutowiska
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Owner description: Poland's largest national park, measuring 27,064 hectares, includes the dramatic Bieszczady Mountains, forests, open meadows and a variety of wildlife.
Reviewed 6 July 2012

I walked the the polish part called the bieszczady circuit,it's a very beautiful and stunning scenic route that starts and ends in a town called lesko,doing this route tends to take in more of the higher peaks,the mountain range bourders Slovakia and Ukraine(if you do go into ukraine remember to have your passport handy for inspection).
Walking in the mountains is better suited for more experienced walkers and map readers,the upper parts of the mountain regions there are lots of mountain meadows and boggy areas whilst the lower regions are made up of birch and rowan woods.
The area can be very wild at times and is very sparsely populated so be warned.

4  Thank Yan C
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Reviewed 19 September 2011

We spent a week in this area and it was like stepping back in time. The people were all friendly and the pace of life so relaxed we forgot what day it was! We undertook several of the well marked trails and were rewarded with unbelievable scenary. We saw numerous golden eagles, a few deer and the wild bison. We heard a bear (quite scary) but didn't see any Lynx or Wolves.

2  Thank Tiff113
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Reviewed 25 July 2011

My wife and I went to Bieszczady for our honeymoon. We are not expert hikers, but we like being outdoors. I am from the southeast United States and found the Bieszczady mountains to be very much like the southern Appalachians in terms of morphology and foliage. I also expected the trails to be much like those in North Carolina or Georgia. I a very amateur hiker and found the trails in Bieszczady to be somewhat more difficult than those I know at home. Generally Bieszczady trails are longer with a much wider variety of terrain, including mixed forests, pine forests, prairies, and rocky outcroppings. There are very few "beginner" or "easy" trails. Most would best be classified as "moderate" to "strenuous." Despite the difficulty of trails, the views are absolutely amazing!!

In the Ustrzyki Gorne region, I recommend one of the Polonina trails to start, then do the Bukowe Berdo on a subsequent day. Bukowe Berdo is particularly taxing, taking you across several peaks with no switchbacks, only straight up, a little flatness, then straight down. Take more water than you think you'll need! In the middle of the Bukowe Berdo trail, there is a small natural spring (it's marked on the map as "zr") where you can fill up your water supply. The water is very cold and fresh! Highly recommended.

There is cost for entering each trail is $2 USD per person. Be aware of this. Also, the trails do not loop back, so you will need to take a bus at some point (or arrange for someone to pick you up). We were apprehensive about this at first, but it was very easy. Just do what everyone else does and you'll be ok!

There are many private homes where you can rent rooms. We stayed at a private home in Pszczeliny, right next to the Pensjonat Magura (http://www.bieszczady.net.pl/magura/). Magura is a very nice, small hotel with EXCELLENT and CHEAP food!! There is also a small store on the premises for stocking up on supplies at very cheap prices. I can't recommend this place enough. We didn't get to sleep in Magura because it was full when we arrived, but there are two private homes offering rooms that share the same parking lot. Thus, we slept in one of these places, but enjoyed the food, store, and FREE INTERNET of Magura. Great place! And the people are very dedicated to making it so.

10  Thank Christopher B
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Reviewed 23 June 2008

Myself and a group of friends visited the Huzul horse trail riding from Wolosate in the Bieszczady National Park in 2007 and were appalled and shocked at the conditions both in relation to the horses and the trails. We booked through a reputable specialist horse riding agent.

We found our selves in a situation where the horses were abused and we promised a choice of 20 horses and when we got there the management had over booked and there were only 9 horses for the 9 people taking part. This meant when there were injuries to the horses because the tack didn't fit properly there were no spare horses. Riders were blamed for the injuries and it was down to ill fitting tack and a stable manager who didn't care.

These incredible little horses where expected work their way through mud, usually up to their knees but on some occasions above their chests to the point that they had to jump their way out of the deep sticky mud because otherwise they would have been stuck. To add to the problems there were endless slippery ravines, deep dykes, deep muddy ditches to be crossed. The horses had to slide down and put all their effort into scrabbling out the other sided. Meanwhile at the bottom they would usually have to negotiate a deep muddy ditch.
This was horrendously dangerous to the riders and and frankly cruel to the horses, to ask this of them again and again everyday. Some of the horses were not sufficiently fit to do the job.

To add to the problems there are only specific trails the horses can use and these have not been properly maintained by the park authority making the problem 10 times worse.

If you book this holiday be sure you insist on what you have paid for. As a result of pre eastern block mentality, everyone appears to be taking a cut of something and therefore the accommodation, meals, drinks and anything else which can be left out or down graded usually is. If you book this insist you get the accommodation, meals, drinks, transfers and anything else you have paid for.

The best day of this holiday is the meadows but watch out because as the grass grows it covers deep footings and wells from previous settlements and your horse can canter straight into it. Which is seriously dangerous for you both.

If you are told there are potential wildlife sightings for bear, lynx, bison, etc be sure you are very unlikely to see any of these things.

Top tip: Check the seasonal rainfall because obviously this has an impact on the terrain.

The walking trails however seemed to be much better than the horse trails and we would thoroughly recommend a stay at U Joski at Wolosate. This lady was very hospitable and kind and did not cut corners.

We have been informed that the situation is now improved but please be very very careful if you book this.

10  Thank unicorn_8
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