Two popular nature trails near Rīga have been forced to close during the three-week “quiet period” imposed by the government, despite parallel urging that people should get as much fresh air as possible/
Cenas bog trail and Bumbu hill viewing tower will both be closed to the public because the new rules place the operators of sites and trails — such as local municipalities — under an obligation to ensure visitors proceed along the trails or through the site in one direction only.
There is an obvious problem with that in the case of trails that are not circular and observation towers in which the direction ‘up’ cannot be the only direction used.
“It is not possible to ensure one-way movement in these objects. The decision was made taking into account the government’s restrictions on controlling the COVID-10 epidemic in order to minimize human contact,” said Rīga City Council in an information release.
Cenas bog trail is a specially protected nature reserve area located about 30 km from the center of Riga, in Marupe and Babite parishes. Bumbu Hill is a 16 meter high hill in the Bolderāja dunes. On the hill is the State Forest Service Forest Fire Observation Tower, which is normally available to visitors as a lookout tower.
However, if you are still in the mood for some fresh air and exercise, the digital map www.mdps.rigasmezi.lv gives details of what’s available around Rīga while the Latvia’s State Forests Mammadaba site has ideas further afield.