Independence Way

Key information: Independence Way

  • A historic route south from The Black Sea coast, much used during Turkey’s War of Independence and passing through beautiful landscapes.

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  • Length: 105km
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

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The 105km Independence Way follow routes used for the transport of supplies inland from the Black Sea coast during the War of Independence from foreign occupation after WWI in the early 1920s.

The trail passes through many historical sites between Inebolu on the Black Sea coast and Kastamonu on the way to Ankara, much of it on a famous preserved oxcart road.

Various landmarks, including Çuhadorugu peak, Karacehennem Pass and Ersizler Gorge, supply stunning natural beauty along the way.

With accommodation along the way in most places and the ability to arrange taxi transfers, this is not a tough option, although there are some strenuous mountain days.

Recommended 7 day walk, according to :

Day 1: İnebolu-Çuhadoruğu. Accomodation in Çuhadoruğu village house or camp.

Day 2: Çuhadoruğu-Küre Ayrancı Picnic area. Camp at Ayrancı.

Day 3: Ayrancı-Ecevit Han. Stay at Ecevit Han.

Day 4: Transfer to Çatak Gölet. Çatak Göleti-Belören-Ecevit Han, stay at Ecevit Han.

Day 5: Ecevit Han-Ödemiş. Accommodation in a village house in Ödemiş or camp.

Day 6: Ödemiş-Seydiler. Accommodation in Seydiler.

Day 7: Seydiler-Kastamonu (vehicle transfer for part).

Best walked in Spring or Autumn – Winter is harsh and sSmmer too hot.

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