Walking Tours in the Environs of Kiskunhalas

 

The Blue Hiking Route is 2,600 km long and it crosses the whole of Hungary, connecting with the E7 section of the European Long-Distance Paths, which runs between Bajánsenye and Nagylak. This route touches the south-western boundary of Kiskunhalas and the north-eastern boundary of Kunfehértó, halfway between the rivers Danube and Tisza, between Baja and Szeged. Signs are placed on electricity pylons, posts and tree trunks.

 

 

The signs of the Blue Route approach Kiskunhalas from Baja and across Kéleshalom in a southerly direction. After the ancient juniper plantation of Kéleshalom it reaches the edge of the old dried-up lake by the Kunfehértó holiday resort and the northern side of the village via managed pine forests and hills of native poplar and gorse. From there it continues between Kisszállás and Balotaszállás in the direction of Öttömös.

 

 

The Blue Route leads us by typical abandoned farmsteads, through partially-covered forested areas and over wide open plains. If we leave Kiskunhalas at the start of the Keceli út and head for Inoka through the Alsóöregszőlők area, we can first find the signs of the Blue Route after a half-hour’s walk. These lead us onto its Kunfehértó section.

 

 

The route offers an interesting ramble through our region, although the lack of maintenance of the signs brings with it the romantic possibility of getting lost. The Blue Route (together with the recommended hikes mentioned below) brings the rich country of the Kiskunság (Lesser Cumania) with its incomparable natural values into reach during a half or full day’s tour. In the individual villages we can learn more about their history, geography and culture.

Our tours start from the Kiskunhalas railway station. The advantage of this is that after a short train journey, the town can be re-approached from any point of the compass

 

 

Walking Tour to Kiskunhalas from the North

 

1.Pirtó – Kiskunhalas
We must go from the outlying “Pirtói szőlők” railway station into the village, which lies by the side of main road 53, finding the Post Office, a grocer’s and the “Kiffer” pub. After one kilometre we come to the “Pirtó lovasfogadó” coaching inn. One more kilometre brings us to the dried-up bed of the old Patkó (“Horseshoe”) lake with its surrounding, sometimes still swampy, bog. We cross sand hills as high as eight or ten metres as we progress through the Zsombostó-dűlő area, keeping parallel with the main road, which is 500-600 metres to the left and clearly visible from the hilltops. Many rare and protected plants and animals have their habitats here. After a few kilometres of rambling southwards – at the beginnings of the Kiskunhalas allotments – we arrive at Lake Sóstó, where we can rest after our eight to ten kilometre hike. From here it is easiest to get into town along the cycle path that runs alongside main road 53. The length of the whole tour is approximately 12 kilometres.

 

       

 

 

 

2. Lake Sóstó
We can arrive at the lake, which is by the town’s northern boundary, by walking in the direction of Soltvadkert along the cycle path that runs alongside main road 53, or by bus. The whole day can easily be spent here, but fans of swimming and angling, or those who would simply like to take lovely nature photos will all find that one day by the lake is too short. Anglers can buy day tickets and then try their luck with the many fish lurking in the water. There is a nature trail around the lake with information boards to help us become more familiar with the local plant and animal life. A triathlon course can also be found, although many find its running section better suited to romantic woodland walks. There is an information board with a map in the lake’s car park. In the summer there is a colourful cultural, sporting or recreational event nearly every week here. Programmes are made even more popular by the presence of chalets where one can cook, rest and shelter from the rain. Those who would like to enjoy the panorama beyond the lake should climb the hilltop lookout tower for a fantastic view.

 

 

Walking Tour to Kiskunhalas from the East

 

 

 

Harkakötöny – Kiskunhalas
This village has wonderful natural characteristics. Nearby we can find a large lake that is an important resting place for birds migrating south. The marshland around the lake hides a rich living world. There is a nature trail around the lake that was set up with support from the World Wide Fund for Nature. It will help us become more familiar with the local plant and animal life if we follow it. Leaving the lake in a north-westerly direction we cross the Dong-éri canal over a yet stable bridge. Arriving in the forest of Harka we can see a rarity in an old oak that was once partly split by lightning. Conservations saved it and fixed it up so that this more than 300-year-old tree is still a characteristic sight of the forest. After slightly more than a kilometre going in a northerly direction, we will come across a wooden boundary marker which signifies the meeting of the frontiers of Kiskunhalas, Harkakötöny and Tázlár. Two more kilometres brings us to the Huszártanya and Jung-tanya farms and the Fráter hill of Felsőszállás. The length of the whole tour is 14 to 15 kilometres

 

 

Walking Tour to Kiskunhalas from the South

 

Balotaszállás – Kiskunhalas
We walk from the Balotaszállás railway station into the centre of the village, where we can find a nicely-looked after park with a stone memorial cross in the middle. We leave the village travelling east. We can head towards Kiskunhalas by passing the cemetery, crossing the scrubby sand hills, or by going along the paths through the depths of the local forest. If we have arranged an appointment beforehand, as well as the usual domestic animals we can get to know some typical game (such as wild boar) which are kept with permission on the Pásztor-tanya farm. We can discover the characteristic flora and fauna of the Kiskunság when we traverse the sand hills. This barely-mapped area is a favourite with cross-country runners. We reach the town after passing the one-time artillery and Soviet army barracks. The length of the whole tour is 12 to 13 kilometres.

 

 

 

Walking Tour to Kiskunhalas from the South-west

 

 

Erdőszél – Kunfehértó – Kiskunhalas
Our starting point is the Erdőszél railway station (although not all trains stop here). We must walk one kilometre from the station in a north-westerly direction passing between rows of houses in order to reach the area’s highest point, the Zsivány hill. The hilltop is 160 m above sea level and one can see for miles over the treetops. Travelling a further 4-5 km along the sandy track, we arrive at a hilly place between the Város forest and the area known as Pampula that provides a marvellous sight. This is the ancient juniper plantation of Kéleshalom, where the plant species of this habitat are numerous and healthy. From here we can join the Blue Route heading east, which will lead us across the district of Fehértó and into the Kunfehértó holiday resort. Having arrived, we may bathe in the lake or perhaps taste some country wine in one of the inns. Now we have the choice of walking into the village and catching a train back to Kiskunhalas, or hiking across the plain of Inoka and approaching the town via the Öregszőlők area. The length of the tour until Kunfehértó is 15 to 16 kilometres; another 6 km should be added if we continue as far as Kiskunhalas.

Nordic Walking Routes in the Micro-region
The essence is that, like in cross-country skiing, the start and end of the routes should meet in a circle (or an oval). Any of the Kiskunhalas walking tours are suitable for this, but especially the route around the Sóstó lake or the path of the nature trail.

Recommendations for tours and guiding in Kiskunhalas and its environs:
Iván Kovács +36 30/2-490-977

www.zoldsport.hu

e-mail: ivinform@freemail.hu