Nordic Walking is yet another mode of active recreation in the region. An example of a comprehensive product and touristic package in this scope is project Barlinek – the European Capital of Nordic Walking. This product is 54 km of signposted routes with three different levels of difficulty, rental of equipment, professional training, instructor’s support, accommodation, tourist information, organisation of events for local and foreign tourists. Barlinek is a place of many sports events, organised in cooperation with the Polish Nordic Walking Federation, a representative of the International Nordic Walking Association (INWA), an organisation assembling 22 countries.
The agreement has been signed by the authorities of 16 local municipality governments, i.e. Banie, Barlinek, Bierzwnik, Boleszkowice, Cedynia, Chojna Dębno, Lipiany, Łobez, Moryń, Myślibórz, Pełczyce, Przelewice, Pyrzyce, Recz, and Trzcińsko Zdrój, and also by the regional government of the Westpomeranian Region. During their meetings, the agreement’s signatories identified the current potential of the region concerning the possibility of creating and promoting this kind of recreation. The following municipalities also expressed the intention to create Nordic walking routes and further develop the services in this area: Boleszkowice, Chojna, Mieszkowice, Moryń, Myślibórz, Przelewice and Pyrzyce.
Also, it is worth mentioning that „The Nordic Walking Centre, Barlinek – the European Capital of Nordic Walking„. was certified as the „Best touristic product” by the Polish Tourist Organisation.
Barlinek is a town located on the edge of the broad Barlinek Forest, surrounded by numerous lakes and forests. In the mid-15th Century, Barlinek was sold to the Teutonic Order and, as a Teutonic town, it was plundered by the armed units of Poles and Pomeranians. In the second half of the 19th Century, Barlinek begun to expand. In 1868, Emanuel Lasker, the international chess master, was born there. Barlinek is a place where numerous cultural and sports events take place, i.a. the Barlinek Summer Theatre, the Ceramic Fair, the Polish Sailing Regatta and Chess Festivals. Several tourist trails have been marked out in the town and its neighbourhood, including the Emmanuel Lasker Trail and the Blue Legend Route. Barlinek, however, promotes itself as a European Nordic Walking Capital.
Additional information can be obtained by calling the following phone number:
The Tourist Information Centre in Barlinek
Paderewskiego Street 7
tel. +48 95 / 746 28 74
fax. +48 95 / 746 28 74
The „Janowo” Recretional Centre
Polana Lecha Street 1
tel. +48 95 / 746 24 13
fax. +48 95 / 746 24 13
Nordic Walking in Szczecin
Klub Fitness „Mazowiecka 13”
Mazowiecka Street 13
tel. +48 91 434 73 99
The Nordic Walking Centre in Koszalin
Orląt Lwowskich Street 26 B
tel. +48 604 675 145
The Myślibórz Nordic Walking Team
tel. +48 507 025 711
The Association of Friends of the Drawieńska Land
Szpitalna Street 2
tel. +48 95 / 768 21 63