Miriam Trip, Stage 2: Travel Guide High Tatras - Low Tatras
Big mountains today again. From High Tatras, you will pass the ridge of Low Tatras and cycle up to centre of Slovakia.
First kilometres bike along the Road of Freedom or a cycling path with many pedestrians along it at some parts. In Tatranská Polianka, turn left and enjoy descent down through villages Gerlachov and Batizovce to Svit.
Svit is maybe not the most charming town on this trip, but if you give a chance to a local industrial architecture of 1930’s built for employers and employees of the legendary Baťa shoemaker, you may find it interesting. Shoes are not produced here, but socks yes – buy a pair as an authentic souvenir in Tatrasvit company store. Or stop for a glass of beer or kofola at authentic pub Kolkáreň on your route.
Follow the cycling path through Lopušná Valley to village Šuňava. It offers an option to buy something to eat or drink at local pizzeria, pub or grocery store. It is a good idea to use, as it the last option to get some calories or water today.
From Biely Potok, follow the paved road and then turn right to a short (5 km) but scenic cycling path built on former narrow gauge railroad built above the creek in a steep hill to Čierny Váh.
The biggest challenge of today comes at the end. From Čierny Váh, follow the asphalt cycling path without traffic up to Priehyba mountain pass (1192 metres) in Low Tatra mountains.
From the main ridge of Low Tatras, enjoy downhill safely to Heľpa village.
Koliba Starý Smokovec / 2 km
Good restaurant with traditional meals in the centre of High Tatras.
Svit / 14 km
Working class pub in industrial town of Svit. Good option to refresh before ascent.
Šuňava / 27 km
The last option before the wilderness to refresh and possibly eat pizza is in the village of Šuňava.
Penzión Lucs / Heľpa
Elegant guest house in Heľpa.
Address: Partizánska 321
Telephone: +421 48 6186 206, +421 903 980 812
Starý Smokovec / 2 km
The oldest resort in High Tatras has many elegant villas and hotels. Stop at local info centre to get more details on what to do.
Svit / 14 km
Industrial town planned by a legendary Czech shoemaker Baťa, since 1930’s. Buy socks in Tatrasvit company store.
Čierny Váh / 40 km
Small open-air museum of the narrow gauge railway. Nice cycling path on former railroad.
Sport shop in Tatranská Lomnica. Should help with bikes, too.
Najšport / Starý Smokovec
Bike repair shop in Starý Smokovec. Probably need to book in advance.
Bike shop in Svit.