Risti – Palivere – Liivi – Kullamaa – Koluvere – Kalju – Risti
A tour of Marimetsa in Lääne County will take you through primaeval nature. Kullamaa is the cradle of cultural history in Lääne County, Palivere Pikajalamägi is one of the highest hills of the area and Risti is an ancient road crossing point.
When you start your trip from Risti, you will be moving along the old railway embankment (like route 341). About ten kilometres of cycling and you will arrive in Palivere, which is known for its sandy ridges and pine forests. The old ski jumping tower on the hill is no longer in use, but there is a beautiful view from the top. The trails around Pikajalamäe hill are pleasant for both cyclists and skiers. From Palivere, head to Liivi. You might want to take a short break to visit the Marimetsa nature reserve near the road.
Marimetsa is one of the oldest typical pond-rich bogs in Western Estonia, where the wide landscape covered with small bodies of water offers a picturesque view. The bog is considered an internationally important bird area. A boardwalk with bird-watching towers and information boards has been built, and you can find the Liivi History Room in the same building as the library. From Liivi to Koluvere, this trail overlaps with Route 12.
The next big stop is Kullamaa. The oldest building in Kullamaa is a church from the 13th century, next to the churchyard is Rohumägi – an ancient Estonian hillfort with an area of 2000 m² (originating from the 11th-12th century).
The Koluvere castle dates back to the 13th century and has been used by the Russian tsarist family and was one of the residences of the Saare-Lääne bishop. The castle is surrounded by a beautiful park.
When riding from Koluvere to Risti, the route starts on smaller side roads and ends is on the highway.
The trail is relatively easy, although a third of the distance has to be covered on gravel roads.
You can start the trip from Risti, Palivere or Kullamaa. The nearest serviced railway station to the route is in Turba.