The Barycz Valley Landscape Park lays in the Dolnośląskie and Wielkopolskie Voivodships. Its area is of over 87000 ha and includes five reserves. It is only an hour-long drive away by car from both the Poznan and Wroclaw markets.
The most beautiful of the reserves is undoubtedly the area of Milicz Ponds. It covers nearly 8 thousand hectares of ponds. That’s the area of breading the Milicz carp for eight centuries, one of the largest complex in Europe. It is included in the European Network of Regional Culinary Heritage of the Milicz carp. The Barycz Valley is the biggest protection reserve of birds in the country. The number of species that nest or stop here is even 270, according to ornithologists in this area you can see over 2/3 of the Polish population of water birds. Such places as the Barycz Valley are today an extremely rare example of symbiosis between man and nature. Ponds created for carp breeding have become an unusual refuge for many bird species. For sure it is worth to take care of this area, surround it with care and visit it.
Bicycle trails leading through the area are both a route running on the embankment of the former narrow-gauge railway and paths through dykes, forests and little frequented roads. Here everyone will find something for themselves, and you can choose between 40 to even 90 kilometres long trails.