Friday, October 2, 2015
Zidova Strouha, near Bechyne, Czech Republic
Near Bechyne, this great trail follows a stream through forests and rock formations. The trail crosses the water multiple times, making it even more fun. The northern end empties into the river, where a cool little bridge takes you to a nice flat rock with great views--a perfect picnic spot.
Be careful of stinging nettles, and near the southern end be on the lookout for a place where the trail crosses a field. If you're southbound, it's easy to miss. The trail could do with some better marking...but that makes it more of an adventure.
I took the bus from Tabor (via Bechyne) to Nuzice, then walked the blue trail down to the river. From there I backtracked a bit and took the yellow Zidova Strouha trail the whole way up to where it turns into road. I caught a bus from the middle of nowhere, at the stop in the picture below: "Zimutice, Smilovice, rozc. 2.0." Be sure to know bus schedules beforehand. They're infrequent. And the bus may snake through every little village on its round-about journey back to Bechyne, so just sit back and enjoy the tour.
Trail length, the way I did it: 9.1 km
Main section of Zidova Strouha: 7 km
Prettiest part: the northern end, near the river.