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Natural park – the forest called Včelný
The natural park Včelný lies in the beautiful valley of the Javornice brook in the nearest surroundings of the town of Rychnov nad Kněžnou. This picturesque and romantic town natural park is the favourite aim of our walks with our dogs. The dense network of paths, cycling tracks and jogging circuits leads through the most favourite places of this natural park. In winter we bring some fruit or dry bread to the wild animals when we walk here in winter.
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The most interesting and most often visited places by our family of the park there are as follows:
Ivan´s lake
One of most often visited places in the natural park. The romantic water area with an island is not a true lake but a small man-made lake. The dam was built in 1907 in the Javornice brook. In the past there used to be a very nice swimming pool and a lending spot of boats. Since 2002 we have had here a sandstone waterman called Kristiánek which supervises the order (was made by Mr. Marcel Sršeň from the village of Záměl). The lake is a home for ducks which like to be fed by dry rolls.
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Libušinka
Next to the Javornice brook on which the Ivan´s lake and the swimming pool called Na bělidle were built, we can find some wells and sources in the forest Včelný. The most famous is the healing little well called Libušinka. This well was equipped with wooden summer-house and it is a pleasant stop during the walk in the forest. The water here is really able to cure, which is well-known in the wide surroundings and that is the reason why our dogs drink it, as well.
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Ivan´s rock
Our walking also leads past Ivan´s rock. It is 10 meters high and on its flat top there is a view wooden house and a small man-made cave with a figure of the eremite Ivan. There are myths connected with this place about the eremite´s life and about Czech Brethren who had their hide here against their persecutors. The wooden house, to which a path leads, is a pleasant place to have a rest and a nice view of the valley.
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“Gingerbread” wooden house
In the middle of the forest the “Gingerbread” wooden house is situated. This house is used by the hunters and belongs to the places where you can sit on the benches, relax and barbecue sausages.
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Little old woman (Hedge maple tree )
In the forest Včelný, near the Javornice brook, there has been growing for 250 years a protected maple-tree. According to the legend a devil changed by magic an old woman into the hedge maple tree. The tree is 14 m high and its trunk perimeter is 365 cm.
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Devil´s stone
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