Eco-path in Poland

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19 may 2019

An ecological, historical and natural path in three seasons.
The path has been prepared by memebrs of Seniors Club from Krzeszowice. The path is 9 km long and goes through village Debnik. 

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Beginning of the path: Source of Elijah. 

From the source of Eliasz, we go along the gorge of Kulenda, about 400 meters down a narrow steep path to the east between two forest hills.
Beeches, birches and groves grow here. Right side: overgrown substrate with hogweed and a hoof.
Interesting fact: you can find here a lilac Moldovan ore. On the left slope, we collect mushrooms, kites, porcini mushrooms, cocks and mushrooms. Going we are approaching the edge of the forest. There are the remains of a wall that surrounded 80 hectares of forests of the so-called enclosure of the Discalced Carmelites. The height of the wall was 2.5 meters.
We go out into the open, hilly area covered with single pines, limes, birches, corallinoides and black lilacs.
In June, walking early in the morning, we have the opportunity to meet a herd
of deer. You can hear their barking because they look after their young. We collect strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.
In August, we collect blackberries.
In September we have the so-called ‘babie lato’, heathers, cobwebs, a lot of dew. The world looks like an enchanted one.
 We go further along the dirt road, go out onto the
road. On the left we have a column with the Passion of the Lord. We are on the hill of the Passion of the Lord. We turn right on the road and go south about 300 meters.
We enter the village of Dębniki heading east.
On the right is a beautiful beech forest, you can meet towering old pine trees here.
On the left are buildings and workshops for
stonemasons. We are approaching the tiny market where there is a replica of the solar clock (GNONOM). The original is in the museum in Chrzanów. The clock was funded by King Stanisław August Poniatowski. Black marbles from Dębnik are known throughout Europe.
You can relax on the small market. There are tables and benches.
Then we continue north-east. On the left side we pass a closed quarry of black marble in the middle of which there is a pond.
We go further tens of meters and on the right we see a green barrier at the beginning of the forest. We are going in this direction. We enter the Landscape Park by a comfortable forest road to the Pisarski Forest Hill - the locals call it BARDO TWO. A 2.5 kilometre route ahead of us. This hill emerges from two valleys: the Raclawka Valley on the left, and the ZBRZE Gorge on the right. Beautiful old beeches and pines grow here. From this hill, we can see the Siedleckie and Żarskie forests - an amazing view. We recommend two dates: visiting the Pisarski forest in
May and October.
We come to the so-called Castle. It was only recently discovered that it was a defensive castle from the time of Bolesław Śmiały. We are watching the dry moat.
In May: close to the castle there is an enclave of orchids - a fragrant white generation, a round grenade, a scarlet and a shoe. The martagon lily and foxglove bloom
beautifully here. On the western slope are the fields of blossoming lily of the valley.
In October: we watch a fabulously colourful Polish golden autumn - a rich palette of colours.

Interesting points of the path
- Source of Elijah - This source is also known as the "Source of Love". At the source is a stone chapel with the image of St. Elijah, from 1884.

- Column with the Passion of the Lord - it is a work of stonemasons from Dębnik. On the hill there is a column with a chapel from 1659 near the road to Paczółtowice. Made and decorated with engravings with scenes of the passion of Jesus Christ by the master of the Dębnik workshop,  Adam Negowicz. It was made of Dębnicki limestone.
- Dębnik village - the smallest in the county. On a tiny market there is a replica of the solar clock (GNONOM). The original is in the museum in Chrzanów. The clock was funded by King Stanisław August Poniatowski.
Black marbles from Dębnik are known throughout Europe. It was queen Bona who brought stonemasons from Italy, who settled in the countryside and taught local crafts.