Usually I start a new walking season by climbing a relatively easy hill. This year however I’ve broken that long-standing ‘tradition’, for one, very simple reason: I’m on my holidays in a place far from any substantial hills and with very limited means of travelling. But this area isn’t short of walking possibilities. One of the longest is the green path running from Szprotawa through Żagań to Gorzupia, a small village north of the latter town.
Because of its length I decided to cover it in two stages, starting from either end and finishing in the town of Żagań. It meant that as I was going back home I didn’t have to wait a long time for a bus.
Walking in Poland is a relatively simple affair regarding navigation. Designated routes are marked, and walking along doesn’t require anything more than good eyesight to spot the marks, usually painted on vertical object, like tree trunks, telegraph poles or signposts. However sometimes greater attention is required – I managed to miss one stretch running through the town of Małomice.
Both beginnings were pretty similar: about a 20 minute long ride on the bus, full of doubts (myself, not the bus) because of rather discouraging weather conditions. Each time the weather eventually turned very nice, though on the first walk through about a 30-45 minutes long spell of rain.
The Green Path runs mostly through woodlands, sometimes through villages or along public roads. The main geographical feature along the path is the river Bóbr (Beaver), though not always in the immediate vicinity; it’s particularly distant between the suburbs of Szprotawa and the village of Trzebów.
The route lacks breathtaking vistas; the main joy is that of walking under the blue sky (mostly) through the green woodlands and fields, with a prospect of good food and rest at the end of the walk.