Route 8: Dłubnia Valley
Michałowice, Więcławice (4 km) Sieborowice (6 km) Luborzyca (12,5 km) Goszyce (17,5 km) Niedźwiedź (26,5 km) Iwanowice (37,5 km) Michałowice (45,8 km)
45,8 km, 4,5 h, difficulty – easy
Altitude profile of the route:
The trip allows to visit the charming and little-known Dłubnia Valley. It passes through agricultural areas, and the variety of monuments passed is a testimony to the rich history of these areas. The route begins in Michałowice by the church. We set off along the road between the ponds towards Masłomiąca and then to Więcławice, where it is worth visiting the wooden church. Cycling through Sierbowice, we pass the Zakrzeński Palace and descend to Łuczyce (remains of a historic park). Here we can choose a shorter option through Goszcza and Polanowice. Going further along the valley we reach Luborzyca, where it is worth visiting a Gothic church. Straight after the church we get onto the red bike trail, which will take us to Goszyce (with a larch manor from the 17th century). Having passed by the firehouse, we leave the trail, turn left to Wilków, where we turn right behind the wooden chapel. Admiring the panorama of the area, we reach Niedźwiedź. Before the firehouse we turn right and cycle along a narrow asphalt road to reach the Wodzicki Palace. We take a sharp turn left, pass the brick church and return to the road that led us here from Niedźwiedź. We turn right, then left at the intersection, and 1.3 km further we turn right again. We pass a railway crossing, then a military unit and we reach the national road No 7 cycling on concrete slabs. We cross it and descend through the town of Poskwitów to the Dłubnia Valley. When the road gets flat and curves to the left, we turn right and cycle along the river. In Iwanowice, it is worth visiting the historic wooden church, located in the centre of the village, slightly to the right of our route. We follow the blue bike trail south along the Dłubnia River, passing rock exposures and a stronghold. In Zerwana, we cross the national road and follow the bike trail to reach the Old Pharmacy and other buildings. We follow a dirt road near the pitch and then a gravel road to finally reach an asphalt road, turn right and return to the centre of Michałowice.
ATTRACTIONS ON THE ROUTE:
1. Wooden church in Więcławice – erected in 1757 from larch tree, log structure, boarded, single-nave. Baroque interior design.
2. Zakrzeński Palace in Sieborowice – built in 1882 in an eclectic style (currently a children's home).
3. Church in Luborzyca – Gothic, made of brick, it has been preserved without significant changes until today. Inside there is a crucifix dating about 1433, stone wall tabernacle from the same period, as well as a Romanesque bronze handle from the turn of the 12th and 13th century in the porch.
4. Manor in Goszyce – wooden manor from the second half of the 17th century, thoroughly rebuilt in the 18th century. The building is distinguished by a characteristic mansard roof covered with shingles. Currently in private hands.
5. Sts Odile and Lucia Chapel in Wilków from the 17th century, log structure, oriented. Decor from the 16th and 17th century.
6. Palace in Niedźwiedź – built in 1808 in the classicistic style. A brick, multi-story, basement with a round risalit from the side of the garden and a four-column portico from the front. The palace is surrounded by a garden with unique vegetation from around the world.
7. Church in Niedźwiedź – built in the years 1486-93 of brick and stone in the Gothic style. The portal, pointed windows and buttresses from this period have been preserved until now. Inside there is a Gothic sculpture of Madonna and Child from around 1420, one of four of this type in Europe.
8. Wooden church in Iwanowice – erected in 1745. Interior design in the mannerist and Baroque style. In the side altar, a picture of Our Lady of the Snows from the 17th century.