Areas surrounding Gorlice – along oil and wooden architecture trails

Areas surrounding Gorlice – along oil and wooden architecture trails

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Distance: 46.0 km
Time to complete: 4:30 h
Degree of difficulty: Medium

Areas surrounding Gorlice – along oil and wooden architecture trails

Routing: Gorlice – Owczary Górne – Siary – Sękowa – Męcina Wielka – Wapienne – Rozdziele – Lipinki – Libusza – Kobylanka – Gorlice

Over 150 years ago, the oil industry was being born in the vicinity of Gorlice, in which the first kerosene lamp was flared up. Its inventor, Ignacy Łukasiewicz, obtained pure kerosene from oil in this town. It was also possible thanks to easily accessible oil reserves located in the vicinity of Gorlice, on gentle slopes at the foot of the first hills of Beskid Niski. Taking a not so long bike trip from Gorlice, you can see a few sights and attractions related to the oil industry. However, this route offers much more – fine examples of folk wooden architecture. What is more, you can visit military cemeteries of World War I near the route. It is worth to slightly change your route to see several other attractions.

The route is designed primarily for cyclists, although it can be traveled also by car. You do not need a mountain bike to travel it, as it goes all the time down asphalt roads (usually local) with little traffic. The only difficulty you may have is getting through steep uphill parts, which fortunately are not long. If you do not feel like travelling the entire route, you can take an over 10 km shortcut. Instead of riding from Gorlice to Owczary Górne through the ridge of Musiałówka, go directly to Sękowa from the town centre along the Sękówka Stream, following the blue cycle trail.

Before leaving Gorlice for good, you should see a chapel next to which the world's first kerosene street lamp was flared up. Then, ride down a side street uphill the scenic ridge of Musiałówka, from which a narrow asphalt road runs to Siary Górne. From there, you can go to Owczary Górne to see a wooden Orthodox church – a site entered in the UNESCO World Heritage List. A church in Sękowa is another masterpiece of wooden architecture, also entered in the UNESCO World Heritage List. In Sękowa, you can also see several military cemeteries of World War I (especially, cemetery No. 80) and visit the small Open-Air Museum of Oil Industry. Other oil “traces” on the route include an abandoned mine in Lipinki and one more oil open-air museum in Libusza. We can also explore other wooden monuments: old Orthodox churches in Męcina Wielka and Wapienne, and a Gothic church in Libusza. At the end of your trip, you can visit the “Magdalena” Museum of Oil Industry in Gorlice on top of the hill, towering over the town.
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