Bog-shoe Hiking Tour at Niedraju-Pilka bog



The Niedraju-Pilka swamp is two hours’ drive from Riga, between Limbazi and Salacgriva. It is hard to believe that when you wade on the swinging surface of the marsh, there is a layer of peat under your feet six meters thick, and even pines that have not reached human height have already crossed the threshold of hundreds of years. We will start our hike from the bog footpath, which is located on the former Smiltene-Valmiera-Ainazi narrow-gauge railway embankment, which crosses Niedraju-Pilka bog in the direction of SE-NW. Bog is an important nesting and residence place of birds – cranes, herring gulls, mew gulls. If you are lucky, you may also see the black stork, bean goose, honey buzzard, lesser spotted eagle, black grouse, hazel grouse, golden plover or the three-toed woodpecker.

The trail is not marked in nature and is not intended for walking without a “Bog-shoeing” guide.

Trekking boots with waterproof membrane or rubber boots are required.

Features and amenities

A hike that is usually suitable for anyone who enjoys walking. The route is usually less than 4 km. Suitable for older people and children from 6 years. This is the simplest of our itineraries and is suitable for families with children or junior high school students and those who want to experience the magic of intact marshes without special physical strength tests.


3-4 km


~3 hours


118 km from Riga near footpath trail


All year


A natural raised bog (95%), footpath trail (5%)


Suitable for children, information boards, viewing platform

Languages spoken

English, Russian, Latvian

Getting there

It’s best to go by car. Take a road P12 til a turn to Pāle. In centre of Pāle, look for directions. Click on the link to open the destination coordinates in the navigation application when using waze or google maps or using coordinates 57.742222, 24.637639

What to bring

You should wear comfortable clothes and footwear. Take swimwear and camera with you. And don`t forget high spirits!

NB! For groups we can design a private programme that best suits your wishes, time limits and budget!

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