Stołowe Mountains are one of the most unique and amazing mountains in the entire Sudetes. The surprising geologic shapes, labyrinths, vertically falling walls have fascinated tourists since ages. The highest peak of this mountain range is Szczeliniec Wielki (919 m); it is an obligatory place to visit for everybody who is an enthusiast and loves mountains. On the top of it is a hostel which offers a breath-taking view on the panorama.
Being a part of the Central Sudetes, the mountains, in most part, are located in the Czech Republic and stretch over 35 kilometres. The highest Polish rise in these range is Orlica (1084 m), but it is worth to remember, that the peak itself is located on the Czech side. The highest peak of the entire range of Orlickie Mountains and, at the same time, the highest peak of the Central Sudetes is- located at the Czech side- Velka Destna (115 m above sea level).
The mountain range is located in the Central Sudetes; it borders with Stołowe Mountains, as well as with Orlickie Mountains. The highest peak of this mountain range is not Jagodna (as it is often wrongly assumed), but Sasanka (985 m over the sea level). Some maps indicate also the name Sasin. These mountains area also characterized by a certain peculiarity- not a big one, rather a slight excellence of peaks and the process of depopulating of the foothill villages causes that these terrains are wild and very forested.
The nature reserve is located less than 4 km from Zieleniec. It is situated at an altitude of 760 metres, on the hillside of Bieśc (833 metres above sea level); it consists of two parts: Topielisko and Czarne Bagno. Interestingly, the river Dzika Orlica flows its waters from the bog into the North Sea and Bystrzyca Dusznicka flows into the Baltic Sea. The age of the bog is estimated to be 7600 years (!), while its deepness is from 3,5 to 9 metres.
Unusually lush nature caused this areas to be very rich in many species of plants (850), of which 69 are typical for the mountain areas. Globe- flower, sundew, dwarf birch, timberjack pine – to name just a few. Surrounding Duszniki forests mainly consist of spruces but in many places we can come across oaks, larches or limes.
Fauna in the areas of Duszniki-Zdrój is a sheer paradise concerning the number of bird species, which can be found here. There are nearly 120 species, of which 67 are breeding. They inhabit mainly hills and the areas of Bystrzyckie Mountains. There are also mouflons, deer and numerous, very interesting and found nowhere else invertebrates, which inhabit mainly The Bog under Zieleniec.
The essence of the local landscape is a valley, which like Dzika Orlica is surrounded by Bystrzyckie and Orlickie Mountains ranges. The valley is situated at an amplitude from 460 to 620 metres. As far back as 100 years ago it was a vibrant with life place. Today it is mainly depopulated and makes a perfect tourist destination for enthusiasts of mysteries and powerful emotions. Rapid river Dzika Orlica is a good place for canoeing rallies.