This tour guides you around the most dominant cultural landscape of South Zala: the orchards. It is recommended for small groups of friends fond of natural beauty and experienced in cycling, or for individual bikers.
Note, parts of the dirt road at the end of the route (between Kisfakos and Nagyrécse) require to proceed with the greatest caution even in dry weather during the summer.
Only tour bikes are recommended for completing the tour.
From Nagyrécse to Galambok, you pass hectares of pear trees.
Miháld is famous for its vineyard, while Pat and Sand are known for their orchards. In these settlements, many local producers offer their fruits either fresh in the garden, or in processed form. In Miháld, you can taste wine, chestnut paste, or special jam, you just have to stop in the right place. Apart from agricultural lands, you can cycle in shady woodlands between Sand and Kisfakos.
You can visit cellars between Kisfakos and Nagyrécse.
The lowest point: 134 m
The highest point: 223 m
Ascent and descent: 443 m
The starting point of the tour is the inn located next to the main road nr 7.
It was founded in 2001, and operates as a restaurant and a guest house. Next to the inn, you can go horseback riding.
Turn right at the inn and go in the direction of the village center.
There are two buildings in the center, which visitors should check out.
The Neo-Romanesque form of the church was initatied by Baron Inkey during the 19th century reconstruction. In the sanctuary, the romantic style altarpiece created by Orlay Petrich Soma draws the attention. The painting shows St. Ladislaus bringing water to the ground from the rocks. According to tradition, the local painter based the portrait of St. Ladislaus on Inkey László, a feudal lord. The altarpiece was owned by the Diocesan Museum of Veszprém for several years, only recently has it been returned to its original position.
Opposite of the church is the Inkey family residence, the Inkey castle or mansion, which is now the community center. It is worth going for a short walk in the castle park, where a Himalayan cedar tree with a circumference of 5.2 meters and a 6.7 meter-trunk of a Sequoioideae can be seen.
Continue your trip north. Turn right at the crossroads near the cemetery.
During the tour, you only pass by Kisrécse. To go to the settlement, you must turn left into an intersecting street. Go ahead 2 km, here you can turn right towards the Kendlimajor in Kisrécse. (alternative)
Trainings and creative camps are often organized at the artist colony operating here. The visitors’ other main destination is the Czinki Nostalgic Farm. Even the name suggests that the tourist service it offers is presenting the old rural lifestyle. The different objects, household items, and agricultural machines give a detailed overview of the life of our ancestors.
Continue the tour to the east.
A trip continues on an asphalt covered road with little traffic until you reach the outskirts of Zalasárszeg. Here on the left hand side you can take delight in a huge pear tree plantation. A significant part of the fruit grown here is sold in the markets in Budapest.
Continue the tour toward Galambok.
Arriving at the village, turn right at the first intersection towards the main road nr. 7.
You can also turn left and visit the country houses and church of Galambok as a bonus.
Leaving Galambok behind, move straight ahead at the next intersection (crossing the main road nr. 7).
The tour continues south and reaches Zalaszentjakab.
After you reach the settlement, cross a level crossing, then you arrive at the little village.
The settlement deals primarily with agricultural production.
Go straight ahead. Leaving Zalaszentjakab, you get to Miháld on a relatively flat terrain. To the right of the central intersection of the settlement you can see the Roman Catholic Church.
According to tradition, the Inkey family had the church built in memory of surviving a chariot accident. The family’s coat of arms is displayed above the front door of the church today.
In the compartments of the facade of the baroque church built in 1760, the most popular village patron saints, St. Florian’s and St. Wendelin’s sculptures can be found. Be sure to visit the church to see the special colored frescoes, which were made in the early 20th century. You can get the key in the parish.
The tour continues in the direction of Pat. (Turn left at the intersection.)
Leaving the village behind, on the right an access road leads to the fishing pond in Miháld.
If you have time, relax on the benches near the lake!
The surface of the water is 6.1 hectares, it is inhabited by common carp, grass carp, pike, bass, catfish, bream, crucian carp, perch, eel and pumpkinseed.
The lake shore offers possibilities for camping and sports, outdoor cooking and baking.
After the rest, return to the main road and go toward Pat.
The forest landscape around Pat preserved its original, natural state. Its special feature is the two forest associations: the ferny alder marshes forest and the Hungarian ash alder marshes. Turn right at the first intersection in the settlement. The neat village and its renovated farm houses refers to the German roots of Pat. The Lutheran church was built in 1863 from public funds, now it is located on the Main Street. Next to the church there is a two-step pedestal World War I monument, with a turul statue holding a sword in his claws on top. The Lutheran parish organizes camps for children every summer in the garden of the church. The production of fruit has a long tradition in the village. You should visit Kenikker Gyula (49. Main Street), where you can always purchase the fresh fruit of the season.
Turn back and return to Miháld.
Now that you are in the settlement, note that in Miháld local production is a tradition. In addition to the delicious fruit and jams, wines are becoming increasingly popular in Miháld. Vig Zsolt has recently bought the centuries-old building opposite the church (1. Main Road). The farmer dealing with winery aims to introduce the wine culture and eating habits of South Zala to bigger or smaller groups.
Those who would like a little local specificity, be sure to visit Illésné Farkas Katalin (159. Main Road), or Némethné Bátori Ildikó (21. Main Road), who prepare homemade, diverse and unique flavors of jams and syrups based on individual recipes. During strawberry season, at Mándó Miklós’s (99. Main Road) you can taste the huge, fruity strawberries, and at the advent of autumn the homemade chestnut paste, which you can also buy.
At the intersection in the center of the village turn left towards Sand.
Sand is a favored settlement due to its undisturbed environment and the wild stocks of the area. After the transition, a family-level intensive farming began in the settlement. Today, many people work in agriculture in the village. They produce significant amount of apples, grapes, raspberries, peaches and pine trees. The communal celebrations of the settlement are linked to agriculture, as well. Each year the Wine and Honey Festival and the Harvest Festival are orgnaized.
Leave The settlement in the direction of Nagykanizsa.
Kisfakos is a district of the town Nagykanizsa. Turn right at the street crossing in Kisfakos. Leaving the houses, the road surface changes. The tour goes on a dusty dirt road, used mainly by agriculture resulting in huge potholes which can be easily handled by off-road vehicles or tractors.
The road continues toward ’Erzsébet-telep’. This vineyard area belongs already to Nagyrécse. From here the road runs through forest area and later next to croplands. The road goes along areas where wallows and larger water surfaces can be found at any time of the year. They can easily be avoided by bicycle, however some parts might give us a surprise.
The tour crosses the Nagyanizsa – Budapest railway line and above the motorway M7 and merges finally into the main road No 7 in front of the inn ‘Berényi’.