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Burok-völgy (Burok Valley)

Nature reserve · Bakony-vidék · open
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  • Burok-völgy (Burok Valley)
    / Burok-völgy (Burok Valley)
    Photo: Péter Farkas, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Burok-völgy (Burok Valley)
    Photo: Péter Farkas, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Fungi on a fallen tree
    Photo: Péter Farkas, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / A side branch of Burok-völgy (Burok Valley)
    Photo: Péter Farkas, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / A sea of wild garlic in Burok-völgy (Burok Valley)
    Photo: Péter Farkas, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Lungwort in Burok-völgy (Burok Valley)
    Photo: Péter Farkas, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / A sea of wild garlic in Burok-völgy (Burok Valley)
    Photo: Péter Farkas, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Rocks in Burok-völgy (Burok Valley)
    Photo: Péter Farkas, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Woodworm burrows
    Photo: Péter Farkas, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Rocks in Burok-völgy (Burok Valley)
    Photo: Péter Farkas, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Burok-völgy (Burok Valley)
    Photo: Péter Farkas, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Snowdrops in Burok-völgy (Burok Valley)
    Photo: Péter Farkas, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / The picturesque Burok-völgy (Burok Valley)
    Photo: Péter Farkas, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Burok-völgy (Burok Valley)
    Photo: Péter Farkas, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Fallen trees in Burok-völgy (Burok Valley)
    Photo: Péter Farkas, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Rocks in Burok-völgy (Burok Valley)
    Photo: Péter Farkas, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
  • / Burok-völgy (Burok Valley)
    Photo: Péter Farkas, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség

The long gorge of Burok-völgy hides the most special forest of Bakony as being a reserve forest without any forest management activity where landscape is shaped by nature only. You may explore the bottom through an adventurous and hard hike.

Apart from a few peaks and horsts the landscape of Bakony Mountains is dominated by rolling hills. Hard to access areas with steep formations are quite rare, especially in the eastern part, which makes the picturesque Burok-völgy unique there. Lumbering did not affect the valley as much as surrounding forests because steep cliffs and rock formations posed a great challenge to cut and transport lumber. Finally, the nature reserve status gained in the last century provided additional protection to local values.

As a result, Burok-völgy hides an intact ancient forest today as a part of Forest Reserve Programme aimed to maintain and study unspoiled nature without human intervention in the local ecosystem. Compared to managed forests you can observe a substantially different habitat with trees of various age and kind including broken and fallen ones decaying at the bottom of the gorge. Overgrown underbrush and fallen trees makes progress challenging. This natural obstacle course is further enhanced by dolomite cliffs and due to karst processes nearly 20 hollows have been formed on the sides of the gorge. Plant communities vary from calcareous grassland to ravine forests. 

Local microclimate has preserved species that spread over the Carpathian Basin during the last glacial period as they were protected from warming by the chilly and moist air of the shady ravine. Except periods of snowmelt or heavy rains the gorge is dry.

The formation of Burok-völgy is uncertain, most likely of tectonic origin. On the rim of Tési Plateau a river cut through underlying surfaces eventually wearing away rock layers. The main branch of the gorge is 10 km long with a depth of 50 to 80 metres at certain points. It has had a protected status since 1995. The National Blue Trail used to run at the bottom but later it was redirected to avoid the difficult terrain and protect the gorge.  At the bottom you may follow the Red (P) and Red + (P+) markers.

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open today

Open all year round. Beware of thick underbrush and fallen trees making progress harder.

Price:

Free of charge.

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Áron Dömsödi
Updated: May 13, 2020

Public transport

  • Get off the coach (from Székesfehérvár or Várpalota) at "Bakonykúti, Szabadság utca".
  • Get off the coach (from Székesfehérvár or Mór) at "Isztimér, tűzoltószertár".
  • Get off the coach (from Várpalota or Szapár) at "Tési elágazás".

Getting there

  • From Bakonykúti follow the Blue + (K+) markers to the gorge (3.1 km, elevation gain 47 m).
  • From Isztimér follow the Red (P) markers to reach the southern end of the gorge (4.3 km, elevation gain 40 m). This trail will guide you all along the gorge.
    • After leaving the gorge behind you may later change to the Blue (K) trail and reach Tés (13.2 km from the beginning of the gorge, elevation gain: 271 m).
    • After leaving the gorge behind you may later change to the Blue + (K+) trail and reach Várpalota (15.2 km from the beginning of the gorge, elevation gain: 191 m). 
  • From bus stop "Tési elágazás" head north and take the Blue (K) trail on the right (past the exit sign of Csőszpuszta). Change to the Red (P) trail to reach the gorge (6.4 km).
    • At the end of the gorge follow the Blue + (K+) markers to reach Bakonykúti (3.1 km, elevation gain: 34 m).
    • At the end of the gorge follow the Red (P) markers to reach Isztimér (4.3 km, elevation gain: 82 m).

Parking

  • Exit Bakonykúti to the southwes and park your car along the paved road or at the end of Szabadság Street.
  • Park your car in Csőszpuszta along the main road.
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Routes through this place

Type
Name
Distance
Duration
Ascent
Descent
12.7 km
3:45 h
371 m
162 m
Stage 9 Zirc - Bodajk (OKT-09.)  ›
58.7 km
16:50 h
1260 m
1495 m
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A Bakony őserdejének őrzője, a Burok-völgy

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moderate open
12.7 km
3:45 h
371 m
162 m
Hazánk egyik utolsó, természetesnek megmaradt erdejét járjuk be: a bedőlt fákkal teli, buja aljnövényzetű, sziklafalakkal határolt Burok-völgyet. A ...
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from Attila Német-Bucsi,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Long Distance Hiking · Pannonien

Zirc - Bodajk (OKT-09.)

April 05, 2017
moderate Stage 9 open
58.7 km
16:50 h
1260 m
1495 m
The 9th section of the Blue Trail traverses the most varied landscape of Bakony abundant in karst formations and with chilly gorges, spacious ...
3
from Áron Dömsödi,   Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
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