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Ördög-árok (Devil's Trench) Gorge

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  • At the Devil's Dam
    / At the Devil's Dam
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Ördög-árok (Devil's Trench) Gorge
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Safety aids to climb the Devil's Dam
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Cliffs of Ördög-árok (Devil's Trench) Gorge
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Rocks of Ördög-árok (Devil's Trench) Gorge
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / The huge block broken off at Devil's Dam
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Moss-covered rocks in Ördög-árok (Devil's Trench) Gorge
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / The uneven bottom of Ördög-árok (Devil's Trench) Gorge
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / The creekbed of Ördög-árok (Devil's Trench) Gorge
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Hiking among moss-covered rocks
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / At the Devil's Dam
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / The plunge pool at the Devil's Dam
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / The detour at the Devil's Dam
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / The first major obstacle in the way of the creek
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Approaching the end of Ördög-árok (Devil's Trench) Gorge
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / The Devil's Dam from above
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Rocks in the way of the creek
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / The narrow valley at the end of Ördög-árok (Devil's Trench) Gorge
    Photo: Áron Dömsödi, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség

It is not only its length but manmade climbing aids in one section that make this gorge exceptional among the ones in Bakony Mountains. A wide range of rock formations typical in calcareous ravines will make your hike memorable and adventurous.

Hiking along Ördög-árok is a memorable experience not only because of the picuresque ravine alone but a formation called Ördög-gát (Devil's Dam) in the middle. It is a chunk of rock broken off forming a natural dam and a small waterfall with its plunge pool in Dudari Creek. You may climb to the top via iron steps and a ladder holding a cable or take a short detour on a safer path. The safety aids were implemeted by the Association for Developing Csesznek.

At another point you may balance on huge rocks to avoid a cold bath in the creek. While the gorge widens at the ends, the middle section is narrowed by high and rough cliffs. Creek erosion is clearly visible on the underlying bedrock, plunge pools, the creekbed and debris around.

Being a calcareous (and partly dolomitic) area there are several small cavities in the sides. The gorge was carved by the creek and its sediment, cutting its way deeper and deeper in the rock mass and forming a ravine of various widths.

Opening hours

open today

Open all year round. Beware of slippery surfaces. In rainy or icy weather, it is recommended only for experienced hikers with appropriate gear.

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Free of charge

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Updated: January 21, 2020

Public transport

  • Get off the coach at "Bakonyoszlop, templom" to reach the eastern (lower) end of the gorge.
  • Get off the coach at "Dudar, vasútállomás bejárati út" to reach the western (upper) end of the gorge.
  • Get off the coach to Cseszenek at "Csesznek, Suttony".
  • Get off the coach to Cseszenek at "Csesznek, vendéglő".
  • Get off the coach to/from Zirc at "Gézaházapuszta, bejárati út" to reach the western end of the gorge.

Getting there

  • From Bakonyoszlop, follow the Red + (P+) markers and turn left when it joins into the Red (P) trail. The Red (P) markers will guide you all along the gorge (1.9 km, elevation gain: 42 m).
  • From bus stop "Dudar, vasútállomás bejárati út" you can explore the gorge downhill. Follow the Red (P) markers and you will reach the entrance to the gorge where the Green (Z) trail branches off to the left for the second time (2.6 km, elevation gain: 36 m).
  • From "Cseszneken, Suttony) follow the Green (Z) markers and change to the Red + (P+) trail to the left to climb below the castle. Follow the Red (P) markers on the right to the gorge and keep to them all along. (5.1 km, elevation gain: 178 m).
  • From "Csesznek, vendéglő" follow the Red (P) markers and then continue straight along the Red + (P+) trail. When it joins into the Red (P) trail again turn left onto that to reach the gorge (4.9 km, elevation gain: 170 m).
  • From bus stop "Gézaházapuszta" follow the Red + (P+) markers to the right. Turn left onto the Green (Z) trail that joins into the Red (P) trail. Head left to hike through the gorge downhill (3 km, elevation gain: 30 m).

Parking

  • In Bakonyoszlop, park your car at the end of Békefi Antal Street near the cemetery.
  • In Csesznek, park your car in Vár Street on the outskirts of the village.
  • In Dudar, park your car in Arany János Street (the main street) past the level crossing on the right or turn left onto Erdősor Street and park at the end.
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Routes through this place

Type
Name
Distance
Duration
Ascent
Descent
7.1 km
2:10 h
252 m
114 m
13.9 km
4:15 h
474 m
474 m
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