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near Kaltene, Talsu novads (Latvijas Republika)
Kaltene Stone Ridges is one of the most unique sightseeing objects in Roja County. The nature trail is located in the forest, approximately 1,5km from Kaltene seaside. The trail itself is not long, ~1,7km, loop-type, but it is special because of it’s numerous stone layers covered with moss. Such stone piles do not exist anywhere else on the coast of Latvia. These boulder piles are called “kalvas” or “stone ridges” and were formed around 10 thousand years ago, when the Baltic Ice Lake retreated. Once they were the same height with the treetops (20m high), unfortunately were almost completely destroyed during the Soviet time, processing the stones into stone chips for the road construction needs. Only the bottom layer of the ridge has left nowadays, it’s height is around 1,5-2,5m, yet it is still impressive. Over the time, the boulders had been covered with moss and makes you to feel as if you were walking through the forest from some phantasy movie series like “The Lord of the Rings” or“Twilight”. Be careful when hiking in autumn, the boardwalks are slippery.