The Great Ķemeri Bog Boardwalk is one of the main swamps around Kemeri, under which sulfur water is produced. The soil of the bog land is poor in nutrients, acid and in many places hydromorphic. Most trees are not able to survive in such harsh conditions, therefore only a few tree species can be found here – pine and birch, and they do not grow as large and wide as in the forest.
During the passage of migratory birds, the bog is a great place for bird viewing. Sometimes you can see flocks of hundreds of birds flying over the bog land – geese and cranes, as well as hear the sound of their cries in the air.
The Great Ķemeri Bog Boardwalk will allow you to easily and safely explore this difficult to access land of moss, small bog pine trees, acacia, dark lakes, and the scent of wild rosemary.
The boardwalk is built of wooden boards and runs two arcs. The “short one” will take you to the first picturesque lakes, while “longer one” will allow you to view the landscape from the observation tower.
During the summer there is an open-air hot meal service. Visitors are offered a range of products – grilled meat, sausages with sour cabbage or potatoes, ice cream and hot (coffee, tea) or cold (water, juice) drinks.
Tables and benches are available for visitors and barbecue equipment can be rented together with a private picnic place away from the crowds. The rent costs 15 EUR. Food on delivery is available.
The Ķemeri bicycle rental on the railway station "Ķemeri", which is provided by the Cyclist Safety and Education Foundation, offers a special price of 5 EUR for bicycle rental to visitors of a Great Ķemeri Bog Boardwalk.
|Coordinates of the starting point||56.912528, 23.459435|
|Time required for observing||1.5h (longer arc), 1h (shorter arc)|
|Length||3.5 km (loger arc), 1.5 km (shorter arc)|
|Working hours||All year round|
|Accessibility||The boardwalk is not suitable for visitors in wheelchairs and is not equipped with a rail|
Parking fee in the territory managed by SIA “Rabarbers-BR” is 2 EUR;
For buses and transport for disabled people - free of charge;
Place for a picnic;
|Marking||Not marked, but it is easy to navigate by trail|
|Coverage||Boards, at the beginning and end of the trail, have a gravel surface.
! In rainy weather the boardwalk becomes slippery, and during winter snow is not cleared.
|How to get there||
By car - drive along Ventspils motorway (A10) till the sign “Ķemeru tīreļa purva laipa” (Ķemeri Bog Boardwalk), (about 200 m to Ventspils from the turning point to Ķemeri.) Follow the sign and drive forward for about another 2 km ahead to the car parking lot, where you can leave your car and walk 800 m to the place where the boardwalk starts.By public transport - follow the signs from Ķemeri rail station, first, cross the railway line and walk 1 km to Ventspils motorway to the cell-tower; we advise you to take the pathway running towards the right hand side with the sign “uz Tīreļa laipuz” (to the Tīreļi boardwalk). Then, as described in section “By car”.
GPX files of long and short arcs of the Great Ķemeri Bog Boardwalk are available on * www.visitjurmala.lv/gpx/Ķemeru-tīrelis-lielais-loks and www.visitjurmala.lv/gpx/Ķemeru-tīrelis-mazais-loks for offline use.
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