Trails, Terrain and Weather
The long-distance European trails E3 and E8 are well marked,
easy to follow and from Krize village are only 3 miles and 2 miles, respectively.
The trails from Krize up to E3 and E8 are less well marked,
more difficult to follow, but are described in detail on our website.
All trails are marked by small horizontal painted "flags",
e.g. white-green-white or white-blue-white. Different trails have different colours.
The walks are much more demanding than most walks in the UK,
mainly because of the steep ascents and dense forests.
The walking times given on the web and signposts are for experienced walkers walking non-stop,
otherwise they may easily take double the time.
Summers are longer, dryer and much hotter than in England,
but walking amongst the woods is always pleasantly cool.
Very hot mid summer (July) mornings often lead to sharp thunder storms in the afternoon.
It is useful to take with you a plastic dustbin bag with a slit for the head
(like marathon runners use before and after the race) and a light (tennis) cap.
Clothing and Equipment
Long socks up to your knees (football socks are quite suitable)
and shorts are much better than long trousers,
which get very heavy when wet (especially walking in long grass).
A spare T-shirt and socks are also very useful.
Comfortable walking boots (well worn in to avoid blisters) are essential.
A walking stick (a long broom handle does the job) and a pocket knife are also useful.
Small light binoculars to watch the wild life and a camera will add to your enjoyment.
A bottle of drinking water is essential, especially for children, who get easily dehydrated.
A small amount of food (a dried Hungarian sausage and a piece of bread) is also useful.
Safety and Rescue
If you fail to see a trail sign for about 200 meters
you must turn back and retrace your way to the last sign.
(If you lose the trail, the way back to the village can be very arduous through dense undergrowth,
very steep descents and ascents, ravines, etc.)
To follow the trail where the signs are sparse it is helpful to know
that in such places the trails almost invariably run along the high ground
(even when ascending or descending),
i.e. in such a way that the ground to the left and to the right is lower than the trail.
It is advisable to let someone know (give a note to the neighbours at Krize)
where you are going and when you expect to return at the latest,
so that a search can be organised if you fail to return.
Always plan to return in daylight, well before it gets dark.
A mobile phone (or two) and a list of useful phone numbers to call if in distress is a must.
There is a strong mobile signal on all ridge ways and in many other high ground places.
The phone number for the Mountain Rescue Service is: 112 (also if using a UK roaming mobile).
The calls are answered promptly and the operators speak English. However,
the rescue itself may be very costly unless you are insured.
The Mountain Rescue Insurance may be bought from the Union Insurance via
the Tourist Information Centre in Bardejov.