Góra Radunia is the "little sister" of Ślęża, the "mountain of the Wroclawians", it is its secondary top, located just behind.
I had never given a visit to Radunia, what's more the profile of this hill suggested that it could fit very well a bike ride. Combined with Wzgórza Oleszeńskie which forms its continuation on the East, it makes a fine 3h ride way and back.
Combined with Ślęża itself, we get a very complete biking day !
Ślęża and Radunia were populated as early as prehistory; According to experts, while Ślęża used to be the sacred mountain of the sun, Radunia was the moon.
Let's start with the description of the trail in its most basic form (from Świątniki, and via Wzgórza Oleszeńskie, continuous line on the map).
In Świątniki, cross the bridge and take the street going south, which becomes a land rover track along a field. At the level of a cross with a little virgin statuet is located the start of the blue trail, easily misseable if you don't watch carefully.
First is a steep ascent to the first hill of Grodnik. Then , the trail goes down a bit until the pass Przełęcz Przemiłowska. Watch where the trail marks show, not to land on the main road. We cross that road for good at the pass Przełęcz Sulistrowickia, few hundreds of meter further.
Here starts again a new ascent, we pass few rocks, Sulistrowickie Skały and reach the top of Wzgórza Oleszeńskie, Pagórek. After the descent starts, through a pleasant pine and fir forest, which starts to remind a mountain trail.
A steep descent (and ascent, for the way back :) is located at the end, before the junction with the red trail, and, if we continue a bit later, the green trail.
Considering how steep is the ascent if we keep on the blue, let's start with the green that goes below Radunia, to do the loop in this direction and only ride down the difficult section.
The green trail is a very flat, straight and easy portion that leads below radunia until the pass which separates it from Ślęża, Przełęcz Tąpadła. We don't need to reach the road, only catch back the blue trail marks.
I am not too sure where the blue marks go, since I did the loop in the opposite (and eventually wrong !) direction; the marks on the terrain do not match the map design, the blue marks took me to the top of Radunia, which is not a proper place to ride. But the top of Radunia is circumvented on both sides by 2 circular tracks, and I am nearly sure this is the way to go. Marked or unmarked, I'll have to check it again when I come back...
The way back is done via the portion of the "peak" of Świerczyna. Coming from Radunia, there is a slight portion to ride up, followed by a terrible downhill (which I unfortunately did in the wrong direction...). The end of this description comes when we reach again the junction with the green, the rest of the way back to Świątniki is identical to the first way.
But, there are more variants, if you wish to make this circuit longer. You can :
- Start in Sobótka, ride the easternmost trail below Ślęża (red and black bear-shaped marks), and reach the Radunia trail where the red trail meets the blue on the foot of Świerczyna. For the way back to the car park, the road from Świątniki to Sobótka is small and very quiet.
- Start in Sobótka, and ride the West part of the black trail described in the Ślęża trail, and switch to the Radunia trail at Przełęcz Tąpadła. Return via Świątniki. Certainly a great bike circuit, and probably what I will try next ! :)
Warning: the area is full of ticks, wear long sleeves !
Góra Radunia is best reached from the main city of Wroclaw. You can either drive stright to Sobótka, or reach Świątniki via Jordanów Śląski.
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The most logic is to park in Świątniki at the start of the trail, but this is a very small village, not always with people around, and if you have valuable items in your car, perhaps it is worth parking at the guarded car park of Sobótka, at the foot of the Ślęża trails.
When to Bike & Links
Spring, Summer, Autumn
Links: while googling, I landed on this personal page where only one trail is described, this one, and indeed very well detailed !