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7. The Skrwa River – canoe trail.

The Skrwa River (114km), a right tributary of the Vistula forms a border between the Dobrzyń Land and  Płock Mazovia. Meandering in the upper course, it flows steadily in the deep valley through the Brudzeń Landscape Park (3171 hectares) in the lower course. The park's main attractions include scenic landform features and extensive woodland characterised by a predominance of hornbeams, oaks, lindens, maples and sycamore maples, and a contribution of birches, pines, spruces, and beeches.  The area supports rare plants of the undergrowth such as snowdrops mezereons and greater stitchworts. It provides home to a plethora of animals including wide boars, red deer, foxes, badgers as well as beavers and otters living by riverbanks. It offers habitat to a stunning variety of protected birds including the black stork, the grey heron, the mute swan, the European honey buzzard  and many others. The fish population includes the bream, the roach, the bream, the pike,the perch, the catfish and the tench. On the left side of the river there are Sikórz and Brwilno nature reserves. Near the confluence of the Skrwa and the Vistula great angling opportunities. A one-hundred-kilometre scenic canoe trail, difficult in the upper course, becomes more gentle at Tłuchówek and further on. Its starting point is at the confluence of the Skrwa and Lake Skrwilno. See some interesting places along the trail. Skrwilno – a border town between the 9th and 13th cc., in 1379 appointed as the seat of the parish of the Płock diocese. A cross on the local cemetery commemorates eight January insurgents who were killed  here on 22 March 1863 in the battle with the Russians. The local landmark, the late-Neoclassical church raised in 1852 and extended between 1888-1894, has a contemporary interior and two towers topped with bell copulas. Łukomie – The local highlights include a  wooden church, a 19th -century country manor, and a windmill. The village offers a decent camping space and a marina, located behind the confluence of the Sierpienica and the Skrwa, before the railway bridge. Nearby there is the Museum of the Mazovian Countryside, an open-air ethnographic museum founded in 1971 in Sierpc. You can explore a 60.5-hectare site and visit 78 exhibit buildings including 11 farmhouses transferred from villages located on both sides of the Vistula in the Płock and Gąbin regions. The buildings are furnished to recreate the interiors of farmhouses dating to the late 19th and the early 20th centuries.Choczeń – a watermill. Malanowo Stare – a bridge and a watermill. Tłuchówek – a windmill Cieślin – a camping field. Bądkowo Kościelne – late Baroque church (1781-1790) with a grandiose portal designed in 1632 by Giovanni Battista Gislenius (an Italian architect and stage designer employed by the House of Vasa Kings) for the Benedictine brothers in Płock Brudzeń Duży – a birthplace of Paweł Włodkowic (1370-1436), an outstanding lawyer, political writer, rector of the Jagiellonian University. The highlights include an eclectic country manor from the turn of the 20th c., presently the seat of a primary school. Murzynowo – the focus of attention is an old cottage with a collection of fishing equipment. 

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