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Hike through the Earth Gate

March along the Wild Eagle

Petr Liška
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Hike through the Earth Gate
Inserted: 06.10.2016
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Probably the most famous „river“ hike in the Eagle Mountains is a march through the so-called Zemská brána along the Divoká Orlice. There are nice rocks to rise above the river and part of the military fortifications, which you will find in the Eagle Mountains a number

Entrance to the Earth Gate

The starting point for this hike is located only 4.5 km from Bartošovice in the Eagle Mountains. Divoká Orlice makes the border between the Czech Republic and Poland. Not far from the bridge where the tour begins is a parking lot.

Entrance to the Earth Gate
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Wild Eagle

The view from the bridge to Divoká Orlica is very nice. Shot from both the wilderness and not the picturesque Czech Republic. Right from the start is the most difficult part of the whole journey, which disqualifies prams and bicycles. Descent to the river and especially the subsequent steep ascent around the rock on the left.

Wild Eagle
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View back to the bridge

The bridge is located in a rather interesting place – on the one hand on the border of the Czech Republic / Poland and at the same time on the Hradec Králové and Pardubice regions.

View back to the bridge
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Ascent along the rocks

The path climbs a rocky staircase along the rock, only to descend again to the river. From here, the road is basically very convenient.

Ascent along the rocks
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Rock by the Smuggler's Footbridge

After a quarter of an hour's leisurely walk, you are at another attraction of this route – Smuggler's Fo­otbridge. Right next to it is a fairly massive rock.

Rock by the Smuggler's Footbridge
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Smuggler's footbridge

Right next to the massive rock is the Smuggler's Fo­otbridge. Smuggling flourished here mainly at a time when there were borders between Prussia and Austria-Hungary.

Smuggler's footbridge
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View of the Wild Eagle

There is also a nice view of the Divoká Orlice valley from the footbridge. The whole valley belongs to the Zemská brána nature reserve.

View of the Wild Eagle
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Border fortifications

After another fifteen minutes walk from the Smuggler's Fo­otbridge, you will reach a pretty nice bunker. unfortunately its interior was confused by a lot of people with a trash can or a toilet.

Border fortifications
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Ledříček's rock

Another attraction on this tour is Ledříček's rock from Vysoká, named after a local robber.

Ledříček's rock
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Along the wild Eagle

You can return from Ledříček skaly the same way, or if you are not limited by car, you can continue to Klášterec nad Orlicí, for example.

Along the wild Eagle
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