It is wonderful that you have made it here, to the lands of Vanamõisa village of the Saue Rural Municipality. Did you know that there are altogether eight locations called Vanamõisa all over Estonia? The village of Vanamõisa in Harju County, formerly in the territory of Keila parish, originally named Kerguta (Kircotœu, Kircota), was first mentioned in the Great List of Estonia of the Danish Census Book in the 13th century.
The hiking trail mainly winds along forest paths, just 20 km from the hustle and bustle of the capital city and 1 km from the Saue train station, and offers you a relaxing break for enjoying nature, listening to birds, recognizing animal footprints, capturing the beauty of nature or taking a vigorous health walk. And this is accompanied by lots of stories. Stories of nature, history, people, everything that is close to and important to the people of the region during its almost 800 years of development.
On the path you will reach the large stone where village children of the previous generations have loved to play, you can walk along a century-old cattle trail, flush your eyes with the curative water of the Sõeru sacrificial spring, as well as see the fortifications of the Peter the Great’s Naval Fortress built in the early 20th century. You will see, where the borders of the three old former mansions met, you will be able to hear our passerines sing, and you will be able to guess based on the footprints whether it was a moose, a roe deer, a lynx, a fox or a wild boar that had been here before you.
You have the choice between the paths of two lengths. The longer one is 6.5 km; the shorter one is 4 km. You can pass the selected journey with one stroke, stopping just to read the stories, but you can also take time off every now and then, watch and capture the beauty of nature, enjoy lying on a bench, closing your eyes and listening to the silence and the chorus of the birds. Or imagine the distant times we will be telling you about during your journey.
If at the beginning of the path, behind the fence of the adjacent loudly humming factory, you may wonder what silence we are talking about, then notice that every step into the depths of the forest is indeed increasingly quieter and quieter. And at one point you will find yourself in the middle of the sounds of nature. Or in silence.
Your location on the map is marked with a red dot. Please protect nature – bring back everything you take into the forest. The hiking trail runs largely on private land, so just walk on the trail and don’t take anything with you from the forest. All pets must be on a leash, the owner must ensure the safety of other trail users. It is forbidden to drive on the trail with any motor vehicle. It is also forbidden to ride a horse on the trail.
The hiking trail is managed by MTÜ Vanamõisa küla. The construction of the hiking trail has been done on a voluntary basis. 200 m of the trail has been built by the Saue Municipal Government, and 415 m has been built with the support of the European Union and with the support of the Saue Municipal Government. The rest of the trail has been built by MTÜ Vanamõisa küla with the help of private investors. The texts of the hiking trail were written by Evelin Povel.
All visitors have the opportunity to contribute to the further construction and establishment of the trail. All benevolent visitors are welcome to join the Facebook group “Vanamõisa matkarada”. This site provides more detailed information about the birth of the trail to the present day. We also welcome any feedback and information at e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a nice hike!