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The White Dune of Pūrciems

State owned forests stretch between the road and the sea from around Kaltene to the border of Slītere National park. The most protected site in this section of the seashore is the 20 metre high White Dune of Pūrciems, about five hundred meters from the sea. It was formed 6000 years ago. The dune is incomparably older than the current dunes shaped by the sea.

The vicinity of the dune is captivating both because of its primeval nature and its history - the first Stone Age settlement on the northwest shore of Latvia was found here. A special path was constructed to allow people to enjoy this archaeological monument of national importance in full; it is a special path along the banks of the Pilsupīte River. The walk along the path reveals the way the sand developed and the way nature changed under the influence of time and human activities.

It is 900 metres long and it takes up to 1 hour to explore it.

The dune has been continuously scalded down because people like having fun by running or rolling down the white sand. Thanks to the support of Roja parish and the share company “Latvian State Forests”, the territory has been equipped with wooden planks and observation platforms, and places for resting have been constructed, and the site of the settlement itself is surrounded by a fence. A parking lot has been built near the sea in Ģipka village.

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