Head towards the valley of Bódva Creek. Cross the creek through the overpass and continue towards the truncated Esztramos Hill. Traversing the slope of Esztramos you will arrive at Bódvarákó. Cross the single street village and hike steeply uphill Szalonnai-karst. Past the mountains you will reach the tiny village of Tornabarakony. Exit the village and cross Barakonyi Creek to traverse Torna Hills and reach the valley of Rakaca Creek.
Past Rakacaszend and across Rakaca Creek the trail ascends in the woods passing rock outcrops of Rakaca marble. Hiking along dirt tracks etched into the young sedimentary bedrock the trail steeply descends into the valley of Vadász Creek with Irota, the tiny dead-end village. Climbing out of the valley and crossing humps you will arrive at Felsővadász, then Nyésta and Abaújszolnok. Past the village the trail arrives at lower hills of East Cserehát. Hike across fields to reach Baktakék and ascend slightly to Fancsal. Past the village the trail crosses fields again and arrives at the valley of Devecser Creek with Abaújdevecser.
Your hike continues on a paved road in the valley of Hernád passing Encs and Gibárt. After hiking across the bridge over Hernád in Gibárt and crossing the village the trail changes to a dirt track. Traversing fields with a view over Zemplén Mountains you will arrive at Alsócéce, where head towards the mountains to end this section at Boldogkőváralja train stop.
Hike 2 more kilometers along the Blue (K) Trail to enter the village.
- Guided cave tour in Rákóczi Cave of Esztramos Hill (entry fee).
- Near Martonyi, make a detour to the ruins of Pauline monastery of Háromhegy built in 1341.
- Visit the Romanesque style reformed church in Rakacaszend.
- In Felsővadász, visit Rákóczi Castle (currently used as a school)
- In Gibárt, visit the industrial monument of hydropower plant built in 1903.
- From Bódvaszilasi railway station spur trail Blue + (K+) leads to the Blue (K) Trail.
- In Boldogkőváralja, the Blue (K) Trail passes by the railway station and the bus stop, too.
- Free of charge parking in Bódvaszilas near the train station.
- Free of charge parking in Boldogkőváralja near the train stop.
- Paid parking in Boldogkőváralja in the parking lot at the castle or free parking along Kossuth Lajos Street.
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- Basic gear: hiking boots, seasonable wear, drinking water, food. Use Természetjáró app. to navigate.
- Shops in tiny villages are sometimes unavailable or with limited opening hours.
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.