Korycin – Suchowola bicycle trail (69 km)
The trails run mostly along local roads through historical, 16th-17th century villages, founded at the time of Nowodworce Forest colonisation /Korycie, Okopy, Suchowola/. The trail runs by many wooden, ornamental crosses and shrines, typical to the region. Additional attraction of the trail, especially in late spring, are atmospheric areas of Biebrza National Park’s buffer zone, having numerous species of water and marsh birds
0,0km KORYCIN- village and administration centre of the commune, formerly a city. Founded in 17th century as a ranger village guarding the Kuźnicka Forest from the Podlachian side. Original name was Dąbrówka-Kumiałka. Magdeburg town privileges gained in 1671, lost at the end of 19th century. Urban arrangement from 17th century preserved up to this day. Gothic revival Feast and Parish of the True Cross church built in 1905, located on the hill, is visible from any direction within range of few kilometres. Behind the presbytery there is a park from 18th century.
From the town square, we use ul. Grodzieńska street to leave the village. On the crossing with Białystok – Augustów road we turn left and right after that, after the bridge on Kumiałka river, we turn left into Korycie – Janów road. After 200 metres of asphalt road, we go right into a gravel road. The trail changes its direction a few times. We pass by the building of Kolonia Olszynka village.
9,0km ZABRODZIE – village founded in 17th century, by the Janów-Korycie road. Former crown land. A few votive crosses in the village, also architecturally interesting school building from 1930s resembling a Polish nobleman’s manor.
In the middle of the village, on a road bend, next to a tall wooden cross, we turn left into an unpaved road. After approximately 100m, we cross the Korycie – Janów road. After that, we turn right into a wide, straight gravel road. We head north. On the way, we pass a few tall wooden crosses. After approx. 5km, next to a lone farm, we turn right on the crossroads. We take a unpaved road east. We pass a glass shrine with Virgin Mary statue from the left.
19,0km KIZIELANY – a relatively small village founded in 17th century, during the settlement of Kuźnicka Forest. It was a crown land belonging to Grodno demesne. There are several things worth seeing here: buildings from the beginning of 20th century, a mason shrine, wooden votive crosses, a pole shrine by the road to Trofimówka village.
When entering the village we turn right into an asphalt road – there is a tall steel cross on the opposite side. On the end of the village, we go forward on a road bend into a gravel road. After about 1km, we go through the Szczuki village using a cobbled road. On our right, we will pass a masonry shrine. We reach the asphalt road. There is a tall metal cross on the opposite side. We turn left and after approx. 2km we reach another village – Krasne. The cobbled road changes into a gravel one, which we use to go north.
26,0km POLOMIN – a village founded in 16th century, during the settlement of Nowodrowska Forest. A formerly a crown land and centre of a demesne belonging to the Grodno Economy. The estate existed until the 19th century /ruins of the manor still exist, they are located about 300m away from the road on the right/, after the January Uprising, in 1863 it was taken away and sold to a Russian, M. Ziehovov, as part of repressions. In the village there is a few old buildings from the beginning of 20th century. One of them, constructed of Bousillage, bears the trail marking.
We continue going north, seeing on the left two historical shrines: one wooden, the second masonry with a Virgin Mary statue inside. Further on, on the right side, there is a wooden “sokolski” cross. After about 2km, we reach a road crossing in the village of Kopciówka. In this village, founded in 18th century, there are some interesting wooden votive crosses, including one exceptionally beautiful, located on the crossroads we go through. We go north and, after approximately 1km, we pass a cellular radio tower. Not long after that, there will be a small, atmospheric lake in Kolonia Bachmacie village. We cross the road to Suchowola and, using a cobbled road, we reach another village.
33,0km JAŁÓWKA – a middle-sized village west of Dąbrowa Białostocka. The name derives from infertile, barren soil (jałowy – barren). It was founded at the time of colonisation of Nowodworce Forest in 17th century, settled by crown peasants. Western fields borders the Knyszyn Forest. In the village, there is a modern Most Sacred Heart of Jesus church, wooden shrine, a few votive crosses.
We reach the asphalt road and turn left. After a moment, we take a turn right, once again into a cobbled road. After about 4km, we reach the Bagny village. On the crossing, on the left side, there is a masonry chapel, on the right – small modern church. We turn left. The cobbled road runs behind the buildings and turns into an unpaved road. On the fork of the road there are 3 tall, willowy poplar trees with an old, tall, wooden cross in between and a stone cross on an obelisk behind them. After approximately 200m, we reach an asphalt road. There is a coach stop on the other side. We co straight at the crossroads and after about 100 meters, we turn right into a gravel road.
41,0km GRODZISK – a village founded in 16th century, former centre of the crown demesne in Grodno Economy. The name derives from a fortified settlement from 11th – 12th century /preserved to this day/. Things worth seeing: remains of a historic estate and ruins of 18th century manor, modern Mary Help of Christians church, a “Dutch” windmill, historic houses and votive crosses.
In the village, we turn right and take a cobbled road east. After around 2km, we get to the village of Lewki. We reach an asphalt road. Next to a coach station and a tall cross, we turn left. Going northwards, we pass by the cemetery from the left.
45,0km ZWIERZYNIEC WIELKI – a village founded in 18th century, during the last stage of Nowodworce Forest colonisation. The name derives from forest wildlife (could be translated as “A great zoo”). First settlers came from Mazovia region. In the village, there is a Holy Virgin Mary the Queen of Poland church of modern design, a few historical buildings and votive crosses.
The trail passes the village from the left, on a asphalt road bend. We go southwest. On the edge of Malowiste village, the road bends left. We can see a tall “sokolski” cross here. After approx. 3km, we reach the Domuraty village. It was founded in second half of 17th century by bog iron metallurgists /they smelted bog iron/ and belonged to crown land. We pass this village. After a short while, we reach Białystok – Augustów road. Here, we turn left and, after 500m, turn right into a gravel road.51,0km HORODNIANKA – a large village founded at the time of Nowodworce Forest colonisation /16th-17th century/. The name derives from being subject to a town (unused term ‘horod’). In the village, there is a brick shrine, few votive crosses – some very exceptional. At the edge of the village, in the former school building, there is a shelter home operating the whole year /a great starting point for trips into the Biebrza National Park/. While passing the last buildings, we turn right. Later, after approximately 200 meters, we take another turn left. We reach a little settlement of Podhorodnianka. After passing the village, just by the trail, there are two well preserved soviet bunkers from the year 1940. After about 5km we reach the buildings of Zakale settlement. When entering the village, we will see a brick shrine on the left, while on the right there will be a tall, wooden cross. The unpaved road leading us on is surrounded by fields. We reach the edge of Ciemne village. There is an interesting historical wooden shrine here. We leave the village using a gravel road. On the left there will be three metal crosses of different height and age /including 19th century Caravaca cross/. We approach a crossroad. On the left, there is a wooden shrine. We go straight forward using a cobbled road and, after approximately 2km, on the edge of Podostrówek village, we turn right into the Białystok-Augustów road. After about 100m we turn left into an unpaved road. We go southeast. In a pine forest, on the road crossing, there are few steel, ornamental crosses on stone foundations. While approaching to another gravel road, we take a turn left and then right. Not far away from us we should see buildings of Leśniki village. The dirt road leads us to an asphalt road to Dąbrowa Białostocka. We cross it and using a wide gravel road we reach the Laudańszczyzna village. This 16th century village derives its name from Lithuanian settlers called ‘Laudy’. Here, we have a few votive crosses worth seeing, including a tall, wooden, exceptionally ornamented one.