|GP: HORSE PATHS OF IGUMENY (Greenways) - Belarus|
Belarus Greenway #3
Greenways are multifunctional trails, developed in both urban and rural areas, for non-motorized users typically leading along linear green corridors, historic trade routes, rivers and railways. They are managed by local people in order to encourage sustainable development and healthy lifestyle. Greenways provide a framework for community-based initiatives and projects related to nature conservation, cultural heritage preservation, sustainable tourism and mobility. Greenways seek to address needs of locals and visitors and to provide a positive contribution to the local economy.(Sopron Declaration, Environmental Partnership for Sustainable Development,1st July 2006).
The Horse Trails of Igumeny comprise nearly 20 km trails adapted for horse carriages, with a network of local walking trails. Located approximately 30 km from Minsk in the direction of Mogilev, the area is rich in historical, cultural and natural heritage. The main backbone trail is dedicated to horse-riding and connects the villages of Smilovichi and Ivanichi. It is the first horse-riding trail in Belarus developed in line with the greenways philosophy, integrating natural, historical and cultural attractions with community-based initiatives related to green tourism, environmental education, as well as Belarusian traditional crafts and folklore.
General characteristics of the Greenway
Visit a museum dedicated to the composer Stanislaw Moniuszko.
horse-riders, cyclists, hikers (nature tours), kayakers
Inter-modality possibilities and accomodation
Inter-modality possibilities (connections to closest cities/towns and options for using public transport train/bus) – local buses to Minsk, then Smilovichi.
Contacts to Trail Organisation
Natalja Shilina - Greenway Coordinator and 'Konnyj Folvark' farm owner,