As the number of clear-cuts and young forests also imply, low hills between Mátra and Bükk compensate for the protected forests of the two mountains to meet lumbering needs of the area. Despite this is a pleasant forest hike over 20 kilometers. This zone is traversed by a network of creeks running from northwest to the Great Plain etching hollows in the sedimentary bedrock and forming a wetland in some places on the clay soils.
This is in no way a monotonous hike. In some places the creek valleys resemble the landscape of Bükk Mountains. The spacious meadow of Rozsnakpuszta or the historic and geological attractions of at the two ends of the section each contribute to make it a pleasant experience.
The castle sitting on a tuff peak in Sirok affords a great view over the surrounding valleys and the northern part of Mátra as well as spectacular rock formations nearby (Monk and Nun Rock; “Barát and Apáca Szikla”). The castle of Szarvaskő was also built on a hill of volcanic origin. It is a unique rock formation called pillow lava, which occurs where lava is extruded under water and cools down very quickly contacting cold water.
- Visit the Castle of Sirok.
- In Szarvaskő, make a detour to the lookout tower over the village.
Recommended entries and exits
- 3.3 km along the Blue Trail from Rozsnakpuszta stamping location (OKTPH_109): bus stop “Bátori elágazás”
- In Sirok the bus stop lies on the Blue Trail.
- In Szarvaskő, the Blue Trail crosses the village center and the train stop.
- In Sirok, paid parking below the castle, free parking in the village.
- In Szarvaskő, free parking in the village.
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Basic gear: hiking boots, seasonable wear, drinking water, food. Use Természetjáró app. to navigate.