|GP: IN THE LAND OF YELLOW WATER-LILIES AND GREY ERRATIC BOULDERS - Belarus|
Belarus Greenway # 1
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 155 km trail is ideal for enthusiasts of traditional Belarusian ethnography and folklore. Those interested in active recreation will enjoy cycling routes, local environmental education walking trails, and the opportunity for boating. The main backbone trail is a circular route running through Lepel – Barsuki – Latygalichi – Krasnoluki – Volosovichi – Lepel. Rest stops along the cycle route are linked to natural, historical and cultural attractions. Some of them are associated with opportunities to experience traditional folklore initiatives. The trail’s name: 'In the Land of Yellow Water-lilies and Grey Erratic Boulders' refers to the history and nature of the Lepel Region. Ancient Balt people called their villages 'Lepels' or 'Yellow Water-lilies' in recognition of the natural beauty of the area. The greenway introduces visitors to outstanding natural sites and habitats.The greenway’s logo, created by a local artist Galina Zhuravleva, symbolizes how natural resources of the Lepel Region contribute to sustainable tourism.
Main tourist attractions and towns along this trail (nature and cultural heritage)
Ancient Balt settlements dating from the 1st – 4th centuries on Lepel Lake Island near Old Lepel village;
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 Polotsk, then Lepel. Accommodation in agro-tourism farms.
Olga Mahanenko - Greenway Coordinator, 'Priozernaya' farm