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The Walim Pass

Similarly to the Woliborska and Jugowska Pass, the Walim Pass is scenic and enjoyable to ride through. That is why some bikers at weekends so eagerly move towards the Owl Mountains Landscape Park (Polish: Park Krajobrazowy Gór Sowich). The road surface through the Walim Pass is not perfect, but acceptable and it provides nice views as well as a considerable pleasure of negotiating turns. The road reaches 755 m a. s. l. and lets you admire a landscape of the northern part of the Owl and Wałbrzyskie Mountains.

Przełęcz Walimska
The Walim Pass
Panorama z Przełęczy Walimskiej
Panorama around the Walim Pass
Góry Sowie motocyklem
View on the Owl Mountains

 

The route starts in Rościszów and ends in Walim, a borough full of mysteries. There you can find underground factories, where the Nazis used to run the secret construction project, code-named as “Riese” (German: Giant). Walim tunnels are one of seven underground complexes, whose real function in the past still remains a mystery. Just a 15-minute drive from Walim, the largest of the complexes is located, named “Włodarz“. A charming, narrow road leads to it.

 

Droga do kompleksu Włodarz
Walim seen from the road to complex “Włodarz”
Droga do kompleksu Włodarz
The picturesque road to the underground complex “Włodarz”
Droga do kompleksu Włodarz
The Owl Mountains on the way to the underground complex “Włodarz”
Droga do kompleksu Włodarz
The road to Jugowice, where the Włodarz complex is located

 

Part of the route is cobblestoned and sometimes you have to corner on this treacherous road surface. It is treacherous especially in autumn, when the multi-coloured route delights, but is covered by slippery, wet leaves. There are often rally racing organised and the road is closed at that time. Rally fans from Walim and the neighborhood designated an association that takes care of the good memory of Polish rally drivers. They have built an obelisk placed by one of the road’s bends to commemorate Marian Bublewicz and Janusz Kulig, tragically dead, Polish multiple rally champions of the domestic and international arena.

 

Obelisk ku czci Kuliga i Bublewicza
The Obelisk honouring Janusz Kulig and Marian Bublewicz
Przełęcz Walimska
The road through The Walim Pass
Przełęcz Walimksa
Switchbacks across the Walim Pass
Przełęcz Walimksa
Riding the Walim Pass in early fall

 

Info about the route:

Lenght 12 km
Start / finish Rościszów – Walim
Surface Passable asphalt, a few paved sections of the road
Hazards In the fall the road may be covered by leaves, be careful on slippery cobbled sections of the road
Attractions on the way Hiking trails of the Owl Mountains, the entry point to the Great Owl (Polish: Wielka Sowa), underground tunnels and complexes
Max altitude 755 m a.s.l.

 

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Woliborska Pass
Wolibórz, Polska
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The Jugowska Pass
Jugów, Polska
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The Walim Pass
Przełęcz Walimska, Gmina Walim, Poland

 

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