Talsi Hillocks Charm Loop is a 11.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Talsi, Courland, Latvia that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length11.5 miElevation gain1,295 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashkid friendlyHikingMountain bikingNature tripsRoad bikingWalkingBird watchingRunningForestLakeViewsWildflowersWildlifeCity walkHistoric site
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Talsi Tourism Information Centre is suggested as the starting point of the route. There you can also get a brochure with detailed information on the route and it’s objects of interest. Together with visiting the Kamparkalns’ watching tower the hiking time is about 4h and gives a fantastic opportunity to burn the daily calorie intake while enjoying spectacular views along the way on a 18km distance. The trail stretches away from the city centre along the Talsi lake promenade in the direction of Abeli. Here you can see one of the 9 hillocks of Talsi city – Talsi Hillfort, at the foothills of which an ancient Curonian city had been located. The trail further passes the Abelezers (Apple tree lake) and leads to Vanagkalns (Hawk mountain), where mosaic-like landscales with expressive hills’ terrain characteristic to Talsi hillock region can already be noticed. The most distant point of the trail is Kamparkalns, which is the highest point in northern Kurzeme (174,8m). A 28m high watching tower rises on the top opening a great view on the Talsi hillocks’ landscape, forest, lakes and other objects. In winter 2 skiing tracks are operating in the area. Further on the route goes in the direction back to Talsi, passing Milzu kalns and Sirdsezers (Heart Lake). Aso one may suspect, the lake has got it’s name because of it’s heart-like shape. The area between Milzu kalns and Sirdsezers is called Vinleja (Wine Valley), as there were wine gardens cultivated during the times of the Duchy of Courland. Sapnu lake (the lake of Dreams) is located at the foot of Milzu kalns. A nice resting area is installed here with a good view to the romantic lake. The last stage of the trail goes along the Beech (Fagus sylvatica) wood planted in 1890. In the end of the route you’ll return to Talsi and climb up on the Talsi Hillfort, which opens one of the best views to the Talsi lake promenade and gives an opportunity to take some great pictures. The trail is not marked, though there are many red, yellow and puple-coloured stripes on the wooden pales and trees along the way – don’t get confused, this is the marking for several cycling routes, as the Talsi hillocks’ area is very popular amongs the cyclists. The route in question is also suitable both, for hikers and for cyclists. Wheelchair friendly at the Talsi lake promenade part. Accessible with an assistant in the central part of Talsi city.

Talsi Tourism Information Centre, 19/21 Liela Street, Talsi, +371 26469057, www.talsitourism.lv

By car or public bus. Free of charge oarking lot available near the Talsi Tourism Information Centre.

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Agris Fridvalds
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nice hike, I did it in Winter and think summer would be a lot better.

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Liesma Sakovica
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Nice trail. Possible to have swimming breaks in the lakes. We went with 2 dogs.There were places were we left them off leash.

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Garijs Vb
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Looks good! Must try!

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Garijs Vb
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Viesturs Liegis
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Андрей Першин
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