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Chalupská slať in winter

With the largest peat lake in the Czech Republic

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Chalupská slať in winter
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About 1 km north of the village Borová Lada is a highland peat bog with the largest peat lake in the Czech Republic – Chalupská slať.

Floating islands

Chalupská slať is a highland peat bog in the Vydří brook valley, in which there is the largest peat lake with an area of 1.3 ha. Inside the lake are floating islands with dwarf birches and a number of protected plants.

Floating islands
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Sidewalk to the lookout

An educational trail leads to the lookout by the lake from the information center in the settlement of Svinná Lada along a wooden path. This trail is difficult to pass even in winter, however, it is necessary to count on higher snow cover or ice.

Sidewalk to the lookout
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Peat bog

The peatland area with an area of 137 ha consists of two peatlands – Chalupská and Novosvětská moors. These are drained by the Vydří stream into the Teplá Vltava.

Peat bog
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Peat

In the past, manual peat extraction was carried out here, when a total of about 400,000 m3 of peat was extracted. Now the whole area is in the regime of strict protection of the first zone of the National Park and traces of earlier mining have been erased by nature. The average depth of the peat is 1.9 m, the largest measured thickness is 7 m

Peat
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