Walking on ecological path — to medieval barrows

New tourist routes to appear in Belovezhskaya Pushcha by year’s end
By Sergey Smirnov

New routes will essentially differ from those now existing, notes Dmitry Bernatsky, a senior research assistant at the Belovezhskaya Pushcha nature reserve. “The new paths will be non-asphalted, through the woodlands, aiming to give pedestrians longer walks,” he explains. Each path will stretch 4-8km, designed for fit amateurs, and will be located in the northern part of the Belovezhskaya Pushcha.

“The reserve’s north is much wilder than the south, where the tourist infrastructure is located,” notes Mr. Bernatsky. Belarusian lowland marshes, found only in the northern part of the reserve, deserve to be viewed as a national treasure and the new eco-paths will allow visitors to experience nature up close. They’ll see medieval barrows and centuries-old giant trees of various species, including one of the greatest pines in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha. In the 18-19th century, it was used for wild-honey farming, being a living beehive.

Tourist infrastructure is being expanded in the national park, with tourist centres opening in the Svisloch and Novoselki forestries, where the paths will originate. Some administrative buildings are also to be located there, able to accommodate guests. Mr. Bernatsky tells us, “Until now, the Belovezhskaya Pushcha has boasted only one tourist centre, in Kamenyuki, which is visited by several thousand people daily. Our new facilities will cater for those seeking more privacy.”
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