There is no particular summit on this circuit and the idea was to cover all the portion of the ridge of Góry Sowie located west from Wielka Sowa and the Walimska pass. This area is mostly made of small roads and tracks, so it is ideal for gentle XC biking, even cyclotouring.
In order to cover the most distance, the return was made on the main road below (in this case rather the approach as I chose to park near Świdnica and make use of the quietness of the early morning)
The route visits several spots of interest along the way. First of all the beautiful forest climb to Walimska pass, then the ride down with a particularly beautiful section with open views.
Later, in the middle, is located the huge reservoir Jezioro Bystrzyckie and its dam, a hundred-years old construction, similar to Pilchowice.
Later again, "Daisy Lake", remain of a limestone quarry, another curiosity named after princess Daisy von Pless, last owner of the Książ castle. Then follows a fine offtrails portion while getting closer to Książ castle, previously visited.
The ride is ideal after heavy rains when wet soil makes mountain-biking difficult in tougher places, which was a bit the conditions when I rode it.
Świdnica is pretty straightforward to reach either from Wrocław or from the West on the A4 motorway. Don't omit to give a visit in the old centre that owns a central market somehow similar to that of Wrocław, as well as the Peace church a bit in the outskirts of the city, masterpiece of wood architecture on the UNESCO list.
However, as a closer starting point, you can pick a location more on the route, like Komorów, Witoszów or Burkatów where parking won't be an issue.
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The low road part of this circuit is made via Komorów, Witoszów, Burkatów and Lutomia Górna where the street elevating left catches the red marked forestry trail, climbing in the forest. As we reach the steep upper end of this valley the red trail (pedestrian) leaves the track is is way to steep by bike, so we need to follow the pin left turn where the trail continues. As we leave the forest on a large meadow, tough mountainbikers can consider the option of using the green trail turning right, that eventually catches back the red. Others like me in that day can follow the road to reach Pass Walimska.
1km after the place where the red joins the main road, a blue marked trail, at the top of the pass, goes right on the main ridge. Beautiful open views in large meadows. A delicious singletrack descent leads to the village of Glinno (bad dogs there !).
A track away from the road allows to cycle offtrails till Boreczna a bit further. But then we need to cycle the asphalt for a while. We ride down the long village of Michałkowa and arrive to the upper end of the large reservoir lake of Jezioro Bystrycza. It is worth cycling till the dam from where views are spectacular, but others might prefer circumventing it from the north dam that gives a visit to the ruins of Grodno medieval castle. From there the green trail might me a rideable XC portion. An easier asphalt alternative is the Lubachów village. A long pass follows, and from Złoty Las (campsite and lake) the road goes down till Modliszów.
From Modliszów, we enter the second offtrail part of the ride following the green trail. It goes down and climbs again to Pogorzała. Then, it leads to the place called Daisy lake. An educational trail goes around with some stairs. Then this trail goes north to the road, but we can extend a bit the pleasure till Lubachów. We are just next to the main road 35 to the large town of Wałbrzych which can discourage one to cycle further, however those willing to see the Książ castle should not hesitate.
When to ride
The trail is quite convenient even during muddy conditions after heavy rains. So, almost all seasons as long as there isn't snow !