Słowiński National Park
The Słowiński National Park is one of 23 national parks in Poland and one of two seaside parks.
It was created to keep in the unchanged beauty the system of coastal lakes, bogs, peat bogs, meadows, seaside ancient forests as well as woods and first of all the dune belt spit with unique in Europe movable dunes.
The nature of this Park has unique values and it is characteristic for the central seaside of the Baltic Sea. It is worth visiting the Park alone or with children. The Łeba Spit and coastal lakes are characterized by the variety of objects, phenomena and natural processes. The variety of different ecosystems and their extremely dynamic spatial relations constitute the most unique values of the park environment. Each year thousands of tourists are attracted by the movable dunes in the Słowiński National Park. Sand moved by wind create non-stabilized hills of 30-40 meters in height, covering seaside forests, marshes and even inhabited areas. On the other hand dunes while moving reveal the remains of trees which had been covered in the past.
The mountain called Łącka Góra is the highest movable dune of 42 meters in height. There is a seven- kilometre-long route starting in the place Rąbka located 2.5 km away from Łeba. It can be covered on foot or by bike and covering this route gives a feeling of being on the desert. There is an unforgettable view from the top of Łącka Góra: on the west there are great dunes at the end of which the lighthouse in Czołpino is visible, more to the left there is the Rowokół HIll and the surface of the Łebsko Lake.
The rate of moving dunes is not uniform. The western and eastern part of the spit is covered with parabolic dunes which are characterized by lesser movability and they move by about 3 meters per year. Most of those dunes were forested. In Czołpino, on the highest dune there is the lighthouse from which you may admire a dune landscape of the Słowiński National Park.