Pathway through the swamp
By Yelena Begunova
In the Miory District, an unusual ecological route has been opened. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that guides will lead tourists through a swamp. The ecological path goes through the territory of the Yelnya landscape reserve — the biggest in our country, a high moor, over 200 square kilometres in area, which is at least 9 thousand years old!
It is the oldest natural object in our country where unique plants, endangered rare animal and bird species have been kept up to now. One can find here fascinating landscapes that have been difficult to access earlier. Now, a wooden deck will lead lovers of nature to the most interesting places. Workers of the reserve will give binoculars and special shoes for the negotiation of difficult places and will explain about the life of Yelnya and its inhabitants.
The wooden path, made under an EU/UNDP project and by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, runs for one and a half kilometres. There are also information stands and three sky decks dotted along this intriguing new trail.