This modest mountain (765m) and this circuit are located on a hinge of the Sudetes range, linking the central part with the eastern part. Despite relatively unknown, I was keen in riding it to complete one more segment of my quest of collecting the whole range.
Kłodzka Góra revealed to be a very peaceful and very relaxing mountain to ride, with a very stable and friendly gradient, followed by a long continuous descent as pleasant. Since it is a small hill, I extended the visit until the neighborhood of Złoty Stok, before returning via a flatter diversion on its north.
The geographic limit between the western and eastern Sudetes divides also geographers. According to the hydrographic point of view, since the river Nysa Kłodzka flows in Bardo, the starting point, the hill lies entirely on the eastern part. But geologs consider it as the continuity of the Góry Bardzkie (see Wilcza Góra, some time ago), and the real separation in Przełęcz Kłodzka (Kłodzko pass, after the town, and after which the hill is named too). Only the last part east does really belong to the Góry Rychlebskie, in which Czech hillside Kamaz took me some time ago (Borůvková Hora).
Starting the ride is the trickiest part of the circuit. If you proceed like me, trying to follow from the car park the pedestrian marks, you'll engage yourself into a steep and discouraging severe slope !
The goal is to ride on the blue track that follows the main ridge of the mountain; only the start is not suitable and needs to be done on something easier. Look for the yellow-marked bicycle signs.
As we reach a large junction situated roughly at the level of the highest chapel (there is a pilgrimage trail, a "calvary" as people call it there), the blue trail can be conveniently followed.
These blue marks are easily followed until we cross a very small asphalted road, that comes from Laskówka. From there, red-marked bicycle signs converge to our trail, and will be the ones we follow until the end of the ride. They match for a couple of hundred meters the blue ones, but these are going to follow the main ridge getting too steep for a bike. The red ones circumvent every bump on the north hillside.
As we pass the top (not very far from the place when the descent starts, it's a story of a 10mn hike), the view to all the eastern Sudetes, with the dome of Snieznik far in the distance. For those like me who ride the ridge of the Sudetes , this moment is kind of emotional: we realize suddenly where we are, the distance covered by the Central Sudetes, and what separates still from the south end.
A long descent starts. Fans of speed should be delighted as the trail is quite straightforward, without too many bends neither bad surprises.
We reach the main road at Przelecz Klodzka (Klodzko pass), and here starts the east bit. The continuation is on a mall asphalted road that quickly returns into the forest as a land rover track. Following now the southern hillside, it climbs again to the main ridge that will be crossed at Przelecz Chwalisławska. It must be underlined that this bit of forest is extremely beautiful. Dark high firs give it an allure of high mountain forest, and the many foxgloves I saw very colorful at this moment of the year.
As we pass few meadows with views on the left, the ride down to Chwalisław starts, and the return as well. We cross the main road, and elevate again into low cultivated hills in which marks are not always well visible. We descend to Laski (nice chapel), elevate again and descend again in Laskówka, another pretty one. Then the red marks take us down to Janowiec, where we stop following them.
Whatch carefully on the left where the green marks of the European Bike trail (green) are going. After a rapid descent into the forest, we are suddenly back in Bardo.
Just like for Wilcza Góra, Bardo is an ideal starting point. This time, I parked on the car park on the east shore of the river, near the centre of the town, which we reach under the railway bridge. The informative hiking panels make it easy to recognize as the touristic car park. The place is quite safe: I've seen many other bikers as I returned.
From Wrocław, we need to take the direction of Kłlodzko, south. Bardo is located some 10km before, into the "canyon" that the river dug into the northern arc of the Sudetes, which we see getting closer as we ride from the plain.
From Czech Republic and Prague, this southern enclave of polish territory is easily reached by the border of Náchod.
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When to Bike
Spring, Summer, Autumn. The nature of the track is quite rocky and in my opinion quite permeable, which should make it not too problematic to ride after a rainy weather.