Olaine is located close to Riga and it provides a great opportunity to come and spend the whole day at the nature in its surroundings.
The route can be started both, at the Olaine Forest Park or at Līdumu quarry. We started with Līdumu quarry, which, for sure, can be named as the little hidden treasure of Riga suburbs, where in spring, autumn and winter everyone can enjoy peace and quiet at the nature and waters and have a good walk (as in summer this place is really popular!). Līdumu quarry is in just 30 km ride from Riga and in 2018 a number of extensive improvement works have been carried out here, by building a fantastic wooden boardwalk along the lake and installing different facilities – benches, tables, grills, playgrounds and even a coffee machine. Toilets too, though yet not adapted to wheelchair users.
There is a good quality asphalt road going to the quarry with a new, good quality cycling road along it, starting in Olaine. Immediately by reaching the quarry, a truly scenic view opens on the surroundings and you can see that the area is well-kept and equipped. We missed some information stand or sign at the parking lot directing which way to go, yet the trail goes all around the quarry and you can go both, heading back in the direction of the entrance and continuing the way along the right coast of the quarry, or start the route along the left side of the quarry.
When going the to right side, the trail first stretches along the asphalt road, however soon you’ll see the first information stand with the quarry map and route line. Approching the farthest point of the quarry, the trail surface changes into the gravel path and continues along the wooden boardwalk when reaching the other side of the quarry. The boardwalk allows to enjoy a really scenic walk along the left side of the quarry. The total distance of the trail is 2,8 km, which takes about one hour at a pretty rapid pace. The trail is accessible to wheelchair users in its entire length, however some help of the assistant is recommended, since the asphalt part of the road is not new and the surface is not always even, whereas the gravel part and the parking lot, though quite flat and dense, yet under bad weather conditions might become a bit more challenging. Those who’re up to some more sporting activities may prolong the route by, first, going five more km along the cycling path, which connects the quarry with the Olaine Forest Park (or driving to the Olaine Forest Park by car), and then hiking some three more km at the park. By the way, the forest park is worth a visiti, as you’ll find a modern and spacious children playground area here and the highest graffiti art work in Baltics on a 45 m high water tower. Please note that at the Olaine Forest Park there is no accessoble toilet yet as well, however there is one at the Olaine County Municipality, which is just beside the park.
In order to open the GPX file with the trail route on a mobile phone or computer, please install one of the hiking apps or maps, e.g., Wikiloc, Outdooractive, ViewRanger, OS Maps or any other GPX file reading programme or application.
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