Great wave sea.

Day 13. Miķeļtornis village – Sīkrags village.

Practical information

Length: 25 km

Duration: 6 – 8 h

Start: Centre of Miķeļtornis Village next to the Lutheran church

Finish: Sīkrags , opposite the beach

Itinerary: Miķeļtornis – Lielirbe – Jaunciems – Sīkrags

Road surface: Sandy beaches, forest trails (in some places, loose sand).

Difficulty level: 

Obstacles: The Ķikans brook that you can wade across during low water. During high water, you can use the bridge located 0,5 km away from the sea.

Dangerous places:

How to bypass the bridge (dangerous for hikers!) over Irbe river:

When walking out from the beach (following the Coastal Hiking route), you must walk towards the old Lielirbe railway station (~ 0,5 km), before the station you must turn right on a gravelly forest road, in ~ 2,5 km you will reach the P 124 road (Ventspils – Kolka). On this road you have to turn left (direction of Kolka), walk ~ 2 km and then again turn left on a small forest path. In ~ 1,3 km you will reach the bridge over Irbe river (which at the moment is in a critical condition), from there you can just continue the Coastal Hiking route.

Good to know! A seasonal closure is in force at the estuary of the Irbe River (the territory around its mouth). Entering the territory is prohibited from 01.04. to 15.07. No shops are available between Ventspils (Pārventa District) and Mazirbe. It is planned to build a new bridge across the Irbe River in 2020. The current bridge is in an emergency state and cannot be used.

Alternatives: A lonely forest road stretches through the forest and alongside the seacoast between Miķeļtornis and the Irbe River, Lielirbe village and Sīkrags village in the place where there used to be a narrow-gauge railway line connecting Mazirbe and Ventspils. It can be used in bad weather.