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The off-road trail is intended for outdoor walking and mountain biking when there is no snow. The trail has an indicative direction of travel and the trail markings are set accordingly. However, be aware that there may be oncoming traffic on the trail. Dogs must be kept on a leash.Route direction signs and the markings on the trees are in blue.The trail mainly includes off-road paths, forest roads, paths next to railroad tracks, and transitions on pavements and streets. There are also main road crossings on the trail, so use caution.The terrain is very varied in terms of difficulty. The trail contains a few very challenging sections due to the steepness of the trail. Travel the trail at your own risk. Please note that there are roots, rocks and tree trunks on the path sections, which may be slippery when wet. The trail is available when there is no snow, as there is no winter maintenance.
The route also includes two technical tracks, in the sports park (Urheilukuja 1) and Marttinen (Herrasentie 16), where you can practice mountain biking skills.
The maintenance of the trail is the responsibility of the Town of Virrat, tel. +358 3 485 111
The Virrat harbour and lakeside park are located on the shore of Kalettomanlahti. The harbour has a child-friendly beach with diving towers, a lush lakeside park and a guest marina with services. During the summer, restaurant and the lakeside terrace Baarpuuri offers restaurant services as well as bicycle, tennis court and SUP board rentals. There are also padel courts and a beach volleyball court in the area. In addition, there is a sports park next to the lakeside park, where you can practise many different sports. The area includes a disc golf course, a pump track and a technical track for mountain biking.
The route of the S/S Tarjanne, the Poet’s Way, starts from the shore of Kalettomanlahti, from the pier, towards Tampere. The Poet’s Way is named after J.L. Runeberg, the national poet of Finland, who lived in Ruovesi in his youth. The S/S Tarjanne is the only passenger steamer still in operation in Finland. It was completed in 1908. The Tarjanne runs through Ruovesi, the Murole Canal and Lake Näsijärvi to Tampere. The duration of the cruise from Virrat to Tampere is 8 hours.
In winter, an ice road to Härköskylä starts from the Tarjanne pier. In addition, the beach has a winter swimming facility run by the hikers’ club Virtain vaeltajat.