Central/Eastern Poland

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  1. Revontulet

    Revontulet Been here awhile

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    I recently had time to think about next summer and thought I'd might have a look at Poland and the Baltics around June or July. The idea is to head to Slovakia first, then cross into Poland near the Ukrainian border in order to travel north and eventually arrive at the Lithuanian border near Sejny. Now I'm looking for advice concerning Poland: Are trails / logging roads publicly accessible? What about camping? Any advice on where to find gps tracks for trails or gravel roads?
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  2. Skomarn

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    I have travelled in Poland a few times with my buddies. I can only recomed going there. We haven't been too much in the eastern part of Poland though, but we went around the central part last summer. Lots of huge forests full of small trails, logging roads, bumby fireroads and you name it. I went there on my '94 Africa Twin. Lovely "agile" bike, but way to heavy for many of the places we went. Have an all new 701 Enduro en route, but thats another story. ;-)

    I'm not to sure about the laws, rules and regulations, but we have never had any issues on our way. If you meet people in the woods, some of them smiles and waves and others just waves their fists. If you slow down, shows a bit of respect and wave at people, usually they wave back. But again, i'm not sure about what is actually allowed.
    I have only camped in the wild a few times, but never had any problems with that. Remember that the accomodation in Poland is rediculously cheap most of the times, so if you wanna travel light, it's not too big of a deal.

    We have made a few videos from our trip:



    Hope that was of some kind of use.
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  3. Revontulet

    Revontulet Been here awhile

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    Thanks! Great videos! :clapSeems like you had to negotiate a fair share of sand and mud, so I'll definitely go for full knobbies. Do you by any chance have gpx files or the like at hand? If so, could I have a look at them? :)
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  4. Skomarn

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    Thanks! :-)
    Yes. Nothing less than full knobbies works. We went with Mefo Stonemaster on the rear and Mitas C17 in front. Really great setup. Regarding gpx files, we are willing to trade. ;-) Please visit our blog (link in beginning of the video) and use the "kontakt" tab to contact us.

    Cheers
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    Revontulet Been here awhile

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  6. Chaneera

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    I usually try to keep asphalt under my tires (eastern Poland is horrible in that respect) but i have a polish mate who rides a lot of what you want to ride; if you want i can give him your e-mail address and hear if he would give you some pointers.
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    Revontulet Been here awhile

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    Cheers, thanks for the offer, Chaneera! I'll send you a PM in a sec :)
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  8. pibyk

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    The law over here is a bit complicated - if the road is designated as public (be it path or trail) then you can ride but logging trails which are not "public" are officially off limits. From the other hand enforcement is lax or in some places not existent. Logging/forest trails which are off limits are usually clearly marked by "No entry" signs or green metal gates which sometimes are left open but this does not imply the right of passage.

    Same applies to camping in the wild. Legally you can only camp in designated areas or if you get permission from the owner of the land but usually you can get away with it if you keep low profile. Just stay clear from national parks and protected areas - those tend to be heavily monitored and riding or camping there is strictly prohibited outside of designated roads or places.

    If summer is very dry then a total ban on entering forests might be locally announced - in such case you are not allowed to enter even on foot.

    PM me if you have any other questions.
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  9. gmc_adv

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    Hey. It's not legal to go into forests in Poland, unless it's public road with signs etc. (which usually means country, paved roads that go through forests). - So you need to be careful. Still, people do this and most of the time people here are rational and even law enforcement guys tend to be rational :) Also, if you are interested we plan a trip around Poland on smaller bikes (125 - 150 cc, maybe some 250cc) in the first half of July. We start south (near Krakow), go west, then north, then east, then back south. There are plenty of things we all want to see and we intend to do some off-roading. At the same time we don't plan to hurry and we are talking about 1,5 - 2 weeks for the trip. If you're interested or want to talk - send me a pm.
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  10. Revontulet

    Revontulet Been here awhile

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    Thanks to both of you, that's valuable information. I guess keeping my head down and using common sense should be enough to stay on the safe side :) I might come back to you at some point, though :)
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