Bicycle routes

Bicycle rout – D1 (23 KM)

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D1

The route begins in Ethnography museum in Poškonys. There is a possibility to see the exhibition, book a tour or purchase tourist brochures at a temporary Park Authority location in Dieveniškės.

Traveling by the Poškonių pond shore, you can stop for a break at the river boat bay and admire the views of the Lastaučikų one-street village, rent a boat or a water bike. When you go up the hill, you will enter the grove. You will see a sign leading to the “Pelėda” (“An Owl”) camp. You can have some rest, eat something, take a shower or spend some time by the fire. Next stop you should make by the barrows near Poškonys. Here you can learn about our ancestors burial traditions from 5th-6th centuries. Remember to go to see the impressive 22 meters wide barrow on the top of the hill. If you keep on moving on the grove road (for about 1 kilometer), on your right hand side you’ll see a spectacular Grybiškių village panorama, where the fields are organized according to strips (rėžiai) system. If you keep on moving on the grove road for about 0.5 km, you will reach the Grybiškių Oak and Pine, two important Natural Heritage objects. It’s the largest oak in the Dieveniškių Park. The tree is impressively big and beautiful. Near the Oak there is another protected tree – the Grybiškių Pine. From the Grybiškių Oak you should continue moving towards the Jurgelionių village, then turn to the left and move towards the Urelių village. There you can visit Urelių village cemetery chapel. After the Urelių village turn to the right. After cycling another 5 km you will reach the Norviliškių monastery and church. There you have a possibility to visit a 400-year-old monastery Renaissance palace. We suggest to come back through Borovka woods, where you can visit Reistinė and Šilinė barrows.

Bicycle rout – D2 (30 KM)

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D2

The route begins in Ethnography museum in Poškonys. There is a possibility to see the exhibition, book a tour or purchase tourist brochures at the temporary Park Authority location in Dieveniškės. Traveling by the Poškonių pond shore, you can stop for a break at the river boat bay and admire the views of the Lastaučikų one-street village, rent a boat or a water bike. When you go up the hill, you will enter the grove. You will see a sign leading to the “Pelėda” (“An Owl”) camp. You can have some rest here, eat something, take a shower or spend some time by the fire. Next stop you should make by the barrows near Poškonys. Here you can learn about our ancestors burial traditions from 5th-6th Remember to go to see the impressive 22 meters wide barrow on the top of the hill. If you keep on moving on the grove road (for about 1 kilometer), on your right hand side you’ll see a spectacular Grybiškių village panorama, where the fields are organized according to strips (rėžiai) system. If you keep on moving on the grove road for about 0.5 km, you will reach the Grybiškių Oak and Pine, two important Natural Heritage objects. It’s the largest oak in the Dieveniškių Park. The tree is impressively big and beautiful. Near the Oak there is another protected tree – the Grybiškių Pine. From the Oak we suggest you to come back and turn left towards the village Grybiškės. If you follow a small field path, it will take you back to the forest. If you go a few hundred meters to the left, you will find a Rimašių stone field. Its one of the important objects of the Regional Park – a group of big stones on a field. Since a long time our ancestors had been surrounded by stones. They were used in household, constructions, rites and rituals. On the Park territory there are 4 National Heritage objects – stones, involved in many legends and stories. The mentioned stone field is a witness of the melioration process, when all the big stones where brought to one place and put in the rows. It is supposed, that it was planed to crash the stones and use them for the construction works. When traveling further you will come to Rimašiai village. The only village street imitates the bend of the Gauja river. For the first time Rimašiai village was mentioned in 1744. Currently at the village there are 26 households. Most of them were built in the end of 19th and the early 20th . After visiting the Rimašiai village, you should move to the other Gauja river shore and move towards Bėčionių village (about 2 km). After turning to the right two times you will appear near Bėčionių hill fort (lit. piliakalnis). Its the only known hill fort in the Dieveniškių Park territory. Come back from the hill fort and on the gravel road and turn to the right. Then for about 3 km follow Dieveniškės Geomorfological Reserve forest roads. Notice the hilly landscape, which was formed after the last Ice Age. It is supposed, that here exactly was the glaciers edge. The point where the glacier stopped is marked with a wide and tall hill arc, which is called Ašmenos aukštuma (eng. Ašmena elevation). In the Dieveniškės Geomorphological Reserve you will have a possibility to visit the mythical stone “Mokas” and Dieveniškių barrows. There are many legends and stories about the “Mokas” stone, on the stone you can still see a footprint. After cycling another 2.5 km you will be in Dieveniškės. It’s a very old settlement. The first mention in written sources dates back to 1387. The central part of the town square and a street network is on National Protection objects list. The town is located on a historical crossroad of five important roads. In Dieveniškės you should visit a very old wooden church which was build in 1782. You can end your journey coming back to Poškonys by Dieveniškės-Šalčininkai road. On your way back you can visit mythological stones “Jankelis” and “Jankeliukas”.

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