Dovbush Rocks, Polyanytsky Landscape Park


Coordinates: 49.0434873, 23.6827254
Type of place: Scenic Nature, National Park
Entrance: Free
Dovbush Rocks, Polyanytsky Landscape Park Dovbush Rocks, Polyanytsky Landscape Park Dovbush Rocks, Polyanytsky Landscape Park Dovbush Rocks, Polyanytsky Landscape Park Dovbush Rocks, Polyanytsky Landscape Park
Very diverse, beautiful place, pretty straightforward in terms of logistics, with a rich history and activity options from climbing to gastronomic tours on restaurants styled as shepherd house kolyba.

The smooth rounded silhouettes of the Dovbush rocks are the result of work of the ancient sea, at the bottom of which about 70 million years ago these rocks originated. The rocks are composed of the Yamnensky sandstone which is relatively soft and suitable for processing by primitive tools.

The maximum height of the rocks in the group is 80 meters. The rocks are located within the boundaries of a rectangle oriented from west to east with a width of about 200 m and a length of 1 km. There are many individual outcroppings scattered around in the forest in addition to the main group of rocks, the largest of them is the Tulip, 40 meters high.
The most ancient findings here are dated 10th – 17th centuries BC when there was a pagan sanctuary-observatory on the rocks of Dovbush. After the spread of Christianity, a cave monastery appeared here, which later became a guard fortress. This fortress existed right up to the XVI century, having survived many wars of different scale. But even after this, the cave city was not abandoned, rebel groups and partisans lived here, including
Oleksa Dovbush who found shelter here in 1743. The small cave town consists of three rooms - one was definetely residential, the second is bigger and more open probably for livestock, and the smallest third one most likely was used for storing household utensils and food supplies. At the time of active use of the caves, they were equipped with wooden extensions and furniture.
There are many legends about the origin and history of the rocks - about the girl hiding into them from the Tatars, about the treasures in a secret cave between the stones, and about the son of Daniel Galitsky Leo, connecting him with the silhouette on the one of the stones.
What to see
First of all - the cliffs themselves, caves and steps cut down in stones by which you can climb to the top of the rock with a beautiful view of the Klyuch mountain and the nearest stones.
Make an attempt to squeeze through the “Devil's Canyon” or “Purgatory” - a rift in the rocks, in the narrowest place 20-22 cm wide passing which, according to belief, people are cleansed of all sins. Just do not forget to tell your friends where you can be found :)
If you have a car or enough free time - you can visit the Kamenka waterfall in the Skolivsky Beskydy National Park, try berry wine and buy dried porcini mushrooms in the local market.
Horseback excursions are provided on the territory of the rock complex with beautifully decorated with braids and pom-poms horses in the Carpathian style.
Dovbush Rocks are also a great place for a photo shoot, especially in autumn, when the yellow leaves and green fir-needles are beautifully set off by the gray masses of rocks.
In restaurants near the rocks you can try the traditional Hutsul dishes at very affordable prices.
You can stop in the kolybas at the start of eco-trails or rent a house in Bubnyshche.
Active sports
Walking trail from the parking to the rocks is already quite an active start :)
I would propose you to go along the path, and not along the road - it is much more picturesque, you can admire the views and see the rocks along the way.
There are 13 climbing sectors with routes categorised from 5c to 8b, some of them for 2 ropes. The rocks here are specific, soft sandstone after the rains can crumble, slowly but surely raising the complexity category of the route. Most routes here require friction moves, which can feel unusual after workouts at the artificial climbing surfaces.
Tents can be placed directly under the rocks, the coziest places are down near the Austrian rock. This place is also the closest to the springs. You can also put a tent near the rock Golets - you can park a car here. One more place to put tents - near the main group of rocks, but excursions and walking people may disturb you.
Despite the large number of visitors, this place is great for camping- a large area and beech forest hide voices and disperse people. Even near the main complex, it is enough to climb to the top of the stone along the stairs or to go 10-20 meters away - and the peaceful silence of the forest hugs you and adjusts to the meditative mood. Maybe pagans made a temple here not by chance. And modern esotericists consider rocks as a place of power where you can recharge with energy.
How to get there?

By car:  
- by the highway “Kiev-Chop” from Skole in the direction of Lviv about 12 km, near the Verkhne Synovidne turn left and go through the village Trukhanov to the village Bubnyshche another 10 km. It is forbidden to enter the territory of the rock complex, but you can leave the car near the entrance.
- another option is to go from Stryi through Morshin to Bolekhiv, then along the Sukel river (along Yevhen Konovalets street) to the village of Bubnyshche. There is a pointer in Bolekhiv to Bubnyshche and Dovbush rocks.

By public transport:
- from any city by bus to Bolekhiv. There it is better to ask at the bus station which buses goes past the turn to Bubnishche. From the turn you need to walk about 3 km up.
- From the railway station in Lviv, minibuses go right to Trukhanov, from where you can also walk along a road to the rocks.
By the tour bus you can come right under the rocks, but in this case you have to buy a tour :)
Translation by: Hanna Chernyshova
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