Lake Raipals nature trail is 7.5 km long, and it runs along three picturesque lakes of Alūksne highland. The lakes have shaped at the end of the Ice Age when the under-glacier melting water carved Korneti-Peļļi valley. The deepest parts of the valley are the lakes. The trail starts at the bus stop Korneti at Korneti village, Veclaicene rural district. There is an information stand with the map of the route. The trail winds along a narrow forest path right next to Lake Ieva, Lake Trumulītis and Lake Raipals up to the house “Mišas”. Lake Raipals is one of the deepest lakes in Latvia (35m).
Then, on the other shore of the lake, along forest and countryside roads (marked also as a bike route Tour de LatEst No.6.), the trail leads back to Korneti. Passing Lake Trumulītis, the trail crosses the source of the river Pērļupīte. Walking along the trail you can see six stands which provide the information on the nature values in the surroundings. It is also possible to make a shorter trail (2.5km) only along Lake Ieva and Lake Trumulītis. The trail is marked with brownish-red direction posts and orange marks on trees.
Peļļi trail offers 9.5 km long exciting hiking (approximately 4-5 hours) or a bike trip (approximately 2-3 hours) along forest paths and countryside roads, hillocks and valleys, along 7 lakes, crossing the border of Latvia and Estonia twice.
Ilgājs-Money stone trail offers 4.5 km long thrilling hiking (approximately 1.5-2 hours).
You can download the information on the trail here:
The information also on www.veclaicene.lv.
PEĻĻI trail starts at the house “Mežvizlas”. Going down the forest road, along the slope of Peļļi valley formed by under-glacier melting waters, the route of the trail leads to the picturesque Lake Ilgājs. The succession of the four lakes of Peļļi also marks the boarder between Latvia and Estonia. On the Estonia side, in Paganamaa landscape protection territory, forest paths curve along the lakes which have Estonian names: Lake Ilgājs is Kikkajärv (Rooster Lake ), Lake Sūneklis is Sarapuujärv (Hazel Lake), Lake Smilšājs is Liivajärv (Sand Lake), but the little Lake Peļļi is Mudajärv (Mud Lake). At Lake Smilšājs on the Estonia side, there is a comfortable recreation place where it is possible to have a swim or to climb the steep Peļļi valley slope. Crossing the state border and the Peļļupīte, a small path leads up the hill along a steep slope. A wider countryside road, passing Lake Eniķi and the house “Jenši” leads further to Lake Palpieris and the Money stone. After that, passing Lake Palpieris and Lake Kūriņkalns, the trail returns to the starting point.
The first and the final part of ILGĀJS – MONEY STONE trail overlaps the Peļļi trail route. The trail starts at the house “Mežvizlas”, leads down to Lake Ilgājs. At the house “Alejas”, there is a comfortable recreation place with a beautiful view to Lake Ilgājs and its little island on Latvia side. The trail goes on along a shady and quite steep forest road up to the house “Vizlas”. From Vizla Hill there is a fantastic view over Estonia landscape. The trail leads further to the Money stone, and along Lake Palpieris and Lake Kūriņkalns returns back to the house “Mežavizlas”.
The LAKE TRAIL (6 km, 12 km)– starts at the recreational centre ‘’Jaunsētas’’ and winds along the shore of Lake Alūksne up to the territory of NAF Infantry school. You can travel the trail on foot or by mountain bikes as the trail has different surfacing – gravel, broken stones and asphalt.
Sightseeing places: the sightseeing tower, Temple Hill, the Lutheran church, the New palace, the Palace park, the Alexander pavilion, the Obelisk, the Aeolus temple, the monument to the 7th Sigulda Infantry regiment.
The BICYCLE ROUTE ALONG THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES OF ALŪKSNE (10 km) leads along the main street to the peninsula of Lake Alūksne and on the Lake trail, visits Castle Island, goes through the Palace park up to Pleskavas street along which it takes you back to the centre of the town passing the New Palace and the fountains and finishes at the Bible museum.
Sightseeing places: the Lutheran church, Glück’s oaks and the Priest’s manor house, the Big Cemetery, the Sightseeing tower, Temple Hill, the boat cabins, the Lakeshore Palace, Castle Island and Livonia Order castle ruins, the Palace Park, the Alexander Pavilion and the Aeolus Temple, NAF Infantry school, the New Palace and fountains.
PALACES AND ROUTES AROUND ALŪKSNE (20 km, 40 km) – the route leads from Alsviķi through Alūksne and Kolberģis to Lāzberģis and it is also possible to cover it by bicycle.
Sightseeing places: Alsviķi estate, the Priest’s estate and Glück’s oaks, the Lakeshore Palace, the Livonia Order castle ruins, the New Palace and park, Helēna Palace and Lāzberģis estate ruins.
AROUND LAKE ALŪKSNE (21 km) – the route goes on asphalt and gravel surface and in some places it is very close to the shore of Lake Alūksne. You can cover the route by car, by bicycle or on foot.
The landmarks of the route: the shopping centre “Maxima’’, Alūksne New Palace and park, the resting area “Zirgu dzirdinātava” (Horse watering place), the guest house “Lāzberģa muiža” (Lāzberģis estate), the swimming place “Šūpalas”, T-junction Alūksne/Ziemeri, the recreation centre “Ziemeri”, T-junction Alūksne/Māriņkalns.
SPORTS BICYCLE ROUTE IN ALŪKSNE (19 km) – the rout leads along the streets of Alūksne, along the former railway line, around Lake Pullans, through the garden area “Kalnadruvas”, along Lake Alūksne and the Palace park. The surfacing of the route and the terrain are diffrent therefore you need some endurance to cover it in 1 hour.
Nature trail BEAVERS’ KINGDOM (1km) – Jaunanna (Zaķu Island) – the trail leads along the bank of the river Pededze, and it is located in a nature reserve. The trail is interesting for children and youth, as there are a lot of different forest art pieces. The trail leads up to the beautiful Mežtekas hunting palace.