We start in a town called Nowa Wieś (0 km), we pass under a road bridge (2.5 km), passing by Szymanowice and Górki Tomickie. Then we head towards the northwest, leaving behind a bridge between Lisewo and Kretków (10 km). Shortly we should reach Chwałów. At this point, the Prosna River starts to divert its flow. However, these few curves should not be a problem. Then we pass by Ruda Komorska (16.7 km); in a few whiles we reach Modlica (18.5 km), where the Prosta River joins the Warta River. Total distance: 19.5 km.
Prosna & Warta Rivers
The trip starts on Prosna River, in Ruda Komorska. We pass by Modlica and reach the point where the rivers Prosna and Warta join their flows. Next, we see approach the ferry between Nowa Wieś Podgórna and Pogorzelica, next to the nature reserve “Czeszewski Forest”, where old Warta River’s oxbow lakes are hidden. An old forester’s cottage can be seen on the riverbank; currently it serves as Czeszewo’s centre for forestry education. A tourist ferry, called Nikodem, transports visitors from Czeszewo towards the nature reserve, on the other bank of River Warta. We move towards the estuary of River Lutynia, next to the town of Orzechowo. Some factory facilities can be spotted from here. The next town to encounter during this trip is Dębno; we shall also see the last ferry here. On the left bank, one can admire the natural reserve Dębno nad Wartą; we move west and leave Hermanów behind. The road bridge seen from afar (state road no. 11) is a sign that we are approaching Nowe Miasto nad Wartą. Here, by the Polish Lifeguard pier we conclude our trip. Total distance: 28 km.
This trip is only possible when the water level is high, and can only be completed stage by stage. The most interesting, and yet the most difficult part is the so-called Lutynia River Gap. Starting point: Wola Książęca – Słupia (0 km). There is a charming small palace, close to the dam on Lutynia River. Then we head towards Bachorzewo where Lutynia’s forms and shapes become especially interesting. It is therefore one of the most beautiful stages of the trip. At some points, Lutynia seems a mountain river. The flow accelerates sharply, underwater stones create rapids, and to steer the kayak becomes more difficult with all these fallen trees in the way. The relatively short distance takes several hours to go. Once it has been left behind, we can see an old mill in Wilkowyja (6 km), made famous by one of the most important Polish writers, Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz. The bridge (8 km) marks the first stage of the canoeing trip. Then we head north. At kilometre no. 11, Lutynia is joined by the Lubieszka River and “bounces off” rapidly to northeast, towards Ludwinów. A good spot to begin the next stage of this trip is to be found in Podlesie (19 km). Across the Warta glacial valley area we reach Śmiełów (26 km). We head westwards, through an especially charming part of the itinerary – the sings of beavers’ activity, i.e. fallen trees are to be spotted all around. Behind the wooden bridge (31.5 km) we cross the border of Lutynia’s nature reserve. These are the very last kilometres of the trip. Our kayaks will have to face some a few natural barriers more, before reaching the Lutynia River’s estuary, where it joins the Warta River. This route’s total distance amounts 35 kilometres and it requires certain skill to operate the kayak. It is advisable to apply safety measures during the kayak trip, due to a number of natural obstacles in lower and upper parts of the river.