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  • Bringing neighbours closer

    Bringing neighbours closer

    Welcome to the Interreg V-A Latvia–Lithuania Programme 2014–2020!

    About the programme
  • Bringing neighbours closer

    Bringing neighbours closer

    Welcome to the Interreg V-A Latvia–Lithuania Programme 2014–2020!

  • Bringing neighbours closer

    Bringing neighbours closer

    Welcome to the Interreg V-A Latvia–Lithuania Programme 2014–2020!

LLI-448 Development of Forest trail In Latvia and Lithuania and expanding the Baltic Coastal Hiking route in Lithuania (Hiking project)

Nature is one of the key resources for tourism development in Latvia and Lithuania – both countries are rich with nature sites. Hiking tourism is a good opportunity to bring people to nature, to show and explain nature heritage values.

The overall objective of the project is to increase number of visitors to the Program area through developing and promoting two joint cross-border nature long distance hiking trails crossing the Program area.  Project partners expect at least 5% increase in overnight stays in rural areas within a year after the hiking trails are developed and launched with marketing and promotional support.

The Forest Trail in Latvia and Lithuania, and The Baltic Coastal Hiking Route in Lithuania will be developed and promoted. Both will link with the existing long distance hiking trails filling the gap in long distance hiking trail network. The Forest Trail will cross LT and LV for approximately 930 km (351 km in LV, 671km in LT) taking hikers to the most beautiful forest and landscape areas. The Forest Trail will be linked with the Forest Trail Riga -Tallinn being currently developed under the Central Baltic program project ‘Long distance cross border hiking trail ‘The Forest Trail”. The same trail title will be used for recognition as both trails will be linked. The same trail marking system will be used. Both trails will fill the gap in the E11 route of the European long distance hiking trail network by ERA – European Ramblers’ Association. The total length of the Forest Trail in all three Baltic states would be approximately 2000 km.

              
The Baltic Coastal Hiking Route will start from Latvian-Lithuanian border and it will go for approximately 174 km in Lithuania. The route will expand the present Coastal Hiking Route Tallinn – Riga – Nida village (in LV) that has been developed under Estonia-Latvia programme project ‘Coastal Hiking Route along the Baltic Sea Coastline in Latvia and Estonia’.  The trail ends on Latvia – Lithuania border, and Lithuania is the only gap missing for the European long distance route E9 now. With Lithuania added, the Baltic Coastal Route will cover all three Baltic states and will be approximately 1374 km long. As with the Forest Trail, the same title and the same marking system will be used for recognition.

Benefits will be gained by local businesses along both trails – accommodation, food, transport service providers, local shops and others receiving more visitors in the area. Local communities will participate in trail development. Travel industry will receive an opportunity to develop tour packages based on hiking facilities and local services. General interest tourists will benefit as the forest and coastal areas will be accessible more safely and comfortably on marked trails and information online via website and various mobile applications. Hikers and ramblers will benefit from new long distance hiking destination in the Baltics. Image of Programme area as a hiking and nature tourism destination will improve.

The project takes a cross boarder approach to fulfil the ambition to create good quality long distance hiking trails and integrate them into existing trail network. Involvement of local residents along the trail route is the key principle to ensure local acceptance, sense of ownership and sustainability.

A long distance hiking trail will be implemented for the first time in Lithuania. The certification Leading Quality Trail – Best of Europe will be applied for the first time in the Baltic countries. Services specialising to cater for the needs of hiking tourists will be marked with a “Hikers’ Friendly” sign.

 

Social media and contacts:
Phone: +370 61984824
E-mail: info@krda.lt; gaila@krda.lt; elena@krda.lt
Website: www.krda.lt
Address: Laisvės al. 46, LT-44246 Kaunas, Lithuania

15 November 2021

The PAN-BALTIC hiking conference organized

The Pan-Baltic hiking online conference on November 9, 2021 celebrated the success of the Baltic Trails (baltictrails.eu) connecting Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania with the European network of hiking paths as part of the routes E9 (Baltic Coastal Hiking) and E11 (Baltic Forest trail).

The conference brought together stakeholders sharing experiences in planning, implementation, management and maintenance of long distance cross-border hiking trails. The keynote speeches presented experiences from the Baltics, Sweden and Norway. Presentations followed by Baltic panel discussions highlighting challenges and solutions in practical aspects such as local acceptance and support, benefits and sustainability of long distance hiking trails.

More information: The Pan-Baltic hiking online conference on November 9 09.11.2021, online (celotajs.lv)

 

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9 September 2021

Visit to Estonia implemented

On 2-6 of September study visit to Estonia was organized within project “Development of Forest trail In Latvia and Lithuania and expanding the Baltic Coastal Hiking route in Lithuania”, Hiking project, LLI-448.

Representatives of project partners from various regions and institutions of Lithuania and Latvia took part in the visit. During 5 days of the visit, 43 participants participated in the meetings and events of the visit.

The purpose of the visit was to get acquainted with the Forest and Coastal hiking trails in Latvia and Estonia and their adaptation to the needs of tourists.

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11 August 2021

Promotional materials of Hiking project prepared and distributed

Project partners prepared and are distributing promotional materials in order to spread news about project among hikers and all the travelers in Latvia and Lithuania.

Latvian partners produced stickers and emblems.

Lithuanian partners produced T-shirts, caps, waist wallets, metal cups, postcards.

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7 June 2021

Marking of the hiking trails started in Latvia and Lithuania

Marking of Forest trail (Miško takas, Mežtaka) started in Latvia and Lithuania and marking of Coastal hiking trail (Jūrų takas, Jurtaka) started in Lithuania.

During summer months trails will be marked by painting signs on trees and other nature objects and by placing stickers in towns.  Approximately 351 km Forest trail will be marked in Latvia and 747 km in Lithuania. Coastal hiking trail in Lithuania will be 216 kilometers.

Markings will be done according to the marking guidelines of Forest trail and Coastal hiking trail.

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27 May 2021

Forest trail maps printed and distributed to tourism information centers

Forest trail maps have been printed in 5 languages: Latvian, Lithuanian, English, Russian and German. Project partners will distribute them to hikers in Lithuania and Latvia.

The detailed Forest trail route (also in GPX files) can be found in project’s website www.baltictrails.eu.

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23 April 2021

Project management group and Steering group meeting took place

On 20-21 of April Hiking project had meetings of Management and Steering groups, during which partners discussed about activities already implemented and those that have to be planned in the future. Because of pandemic situation meetings were held via ZOOM

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  • 09. November - 10 November 2021
    PAN-BALTIC Hiking Conference
  • 28. October - 29 October 2021
    European training course - Certification for "Leading Quality Trails - Best of Europe" in Latvia, Kurzeme

    Kuldiga, Latvia

  • 18. October - 19 October 2021
    Project management group and Steering group meeting in Liepaja

    Liepaja, Latvia

  • 02. September - 06 October 2021
    Study visit to Estonia
  • 22. June 2021
    Route marking briefing events in Lithuania (Coastal hiking trail)

    Klaipėda, Lithuania

  • 21. June 2021
    Routes marking briefing event in Lithuania (Forest trail)

    Plateliai, Lithuania

  • 05. November 2020
    Steering group meeting of Hiking project
  • 04. November - 05 November 2020
    1st Project Management Group meeting
  • 05. September - 07 September 2020
    Exploratory hike in Latvia
  • 06. August - 10 August 2020
    Exploratory trips in Kelmė, Telšiai, Skuodas, Plungė and Kretinga districts
  • 03. August - 05 August 2020
    Exploratory Hike in Kaunas Region (Kaunas city-Kaunas district-Raseiniai district)
  • 30. July 2020
    Local planning workshop in Kretinga

    Kretinga, Lithuania

  • 28. July 2020
    Local planning workshop in Telšiai

    Telšiai , Lithuania

  • 24. July - 27 July 2020
    Exploratory Hike in Kaunas Region (Birštonas-Prienai-Kaunas district-Kaunas city)

    Panemunis, Lithuania

  • 24. July 2020
    Local planning workshop in Plungė

    Plunge, Lithuania

  • 02. July 2020
    Forest route planning event in Kaunas District and Kaunas City

    Kaunas, Lithuania

  • 01. July 2020
    Forest route planning event in Raseiniai district

    Raseiniai, Lithuania

  • 29. June 2020
    Forest route planning event in Prienai and Birštonas

    Prienai, Lithuania

  • 20. June 2020
    Inspection of Baltic Coastal Hiking Route in Lithuania

    Palanga, Lithuania

  • 19. June 2020
    Inspection of the Baltic Coastal Hiking Route in Lithuania

    Klaipėda, Lithuania

  • 18. June 2020
    Inspection of Baltic Coastal Hiking Route in Lithuania

    Juodkrantė, Lithuania

  • 17. June 2020
    Inspection of Baltic Coastal Hiking Route in Lithuania

    Pervalka, Lithuania

  • 16. June 2020
    Inspection of the Baltic Coastal hiking route in Lithuania

    Neringa, Lithuania

  • 10. June - 11 June 2020
    Kick-off meeting of the project LLI-448 "Hiking project"

    Kaunas, Lithuania

  • Last updated: 02.12.2021 17:32