Church in Nawiady - the oldest in the area
This former Evangelical and now Catholic church was built in 1600-1603, with a wooden tower dating back to 1687. It has a late-Rennaissance main altar and an organ from 1806. We couldn't see the interior though as Mass was being celebrated there the only time we found it open. In the hall there is an interesting metal plaque in memory of the local people killed in WWI with a long list of the names of the victims.
For many years the vicar of the church was Jan Brafkowius (1678-1738), the editor of the hymn-book 'Selected hymns translated from the German by Jan Brafkowius'.
If you visit the place with your children, they will love the stork's nest on the barn right across the street and another on a chimney visible in the distance.
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- Road Trip
Old water-mill at Krutynski Piecek
We found this lovely place using the information from our hosts' album. We had passed the place in the car a number of times but it is hardly visible from the main road.
This 19th century half-timbered water-mill is situated on the Krutynia between the villages of Krutynski Piecek and Krutyn. You can sit there on the river bank, watching the kayaks, which have to be carried across the road here. There are some local men sitting there offering transport for the kayaks, charging for it of course, but we didn't inquire what the price was.
Or you can get something to drink or eat from a cafe kiosk and sit on the wooden terrace watching the kayakers set off for the next leg of their journey.
If you don't turn left into the Babiecka Struga on your way from Lake Gant but go straight on to the Babant River, after 700 m you will come to another lake in the middle of the forest. The Babant is not as frequented as the Krutynia trail, so you may have to manoeuvre the kayak between the overhanging tree branches, the remains of some old piers or fallen trees sticking out of the water, but the area is even wilder than along the Krutynia: there are many more birds nesting there, including a heron and you are not too likely to meet any kayaks on your way. Turn right once you have squeezed through the rushes encircling the lake and you will come to a pier where you can have a nice swim. If you decide to explore the area even further, you have an alternative: either take the second turning on the left to get to Lakes Katy, Krawienskie and Krawno (12 km there and back), or take the second turning on the right to get to Lake Babiety, and then on to Ransk, where you can re-join the Krutynia trail (42.5 km extra).