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Ascent to Sv. Annu and Houser

Two completely different hills next to each other

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Ascent to Sv. Annu and Houser
Inserted: 11.02.2019
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com
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While driving on the main road No. 16 between Jičín and Mladá Boleslav, you may notice an interesting hill rising just above the village of Dolní Lochov. It is interesting in that at its top is the baroque chapel of St. Anny and that it is the only hill of volcanic origin in the Bohemian Paradise, which is not marked by breaking basalt. If you want to extend this trip you can also look at the side hill Houser, where you will find a large quarry

Dolní Lochov

The starting point of this short tour is the settlement of Dolní Lochov. There aren't many parking spaces here, but since you'll probably be the only visitors here, it doesn't matter at all. You can admire the work of the local carver right from the start

Dolní Lochov
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View of Sv. Annu

From Dolní Lochov, follow the red tourist path. If you are here in good time for this trip, ie. from autumn to spring, when the trees are without leaves and the fields without higher vegetation, you can take it from the end of the village right behind your nose. However, head to the western end of the forest (pictured right), where you will come across a path to the top

View of Sv. Annu
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Scenic panorama from the foot of the forest

From the very top of Sv. Thanks to the trees, Anny does not have a good view. From the field under the first trees, however, there is a pretty nice panoramic trip to Prachovské skály and its surroundings

Scenic panorama from the foot of the forest
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View of Ostružno and Veliš

If you want to have bonus views of the Jičín basin, the village of Ostružno or the Veliš hill, you have to go around the whole hill.

View of Ostružno and Veliš
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View of the chapel

This interesting baroque chapel is built right on the top of the hill. Saint Anna is a place of pilgrimage and in fact it is also such a northern island of the so-called Marian Garden, a microregion south of Jičín.

View of the chapel
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Chapel on top of St. Anny
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Chapel on top of St. Anny

You usually get inside the chapel when there is a mass once in a while. But it may happen that it will be unlocked at another time. There is also an educational sign, so you can read about the animal species that live here

The interior of the chapel of St. Anny
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The interior of the chapel of St. Anny

Inside the chapel is interesting acoustics and a nice altar. It's nice that the vandals haven't ruined it yet

View of Houser

If this short walk was not enough for you, you can continue a little more adventurously and set off to the next peak Houser (388 m above sea level). Follow the path back across the field to the red hiking trail leading over the „saddle“ between these two peaks and then calmly behind your nose directly to the peak

View of Houser
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Below the top of Houser

If you go directly by the shortest route, you will get through the local forest. However, you can't get lost if you keep climbing.

Below the top of Houser
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Views from the top to the quarry

As the first part of the walk was also suitable for a family with small children, you better not come here with them. The center of the hill was completely broken off and there are high walls, slippery slopes. Great care must be taken

Views from the top to the quarry
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View of the region

There is also a limited view of the region from several places. But there are more interesting rock walls than views

View of the region
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Entrance to the quarry

When you enjoy the views from the top, go down and take a wide path inside the quarry

Entrance to the quarry
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Walk through the Houser quarry

A walk inside the quarry is quite worth it. The place definitely has its atmosphere

Walk through the Houser quarry
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View of Sv. Anna from the west

If you do not want to go back through the forest, you can go a little longer but more comfortable forest path leading a few tens of meters south of the entrance to the quarry. After a while you will leave the forest and you can enjoy the picturesque peak of St. Anny. From there, follow the tourist route back to Dolní Lochov

View of Sv. Anna from the west
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