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Ogre is a small town 23 miles / 37 kilometers away from Riga.
It should be possible to cycle from Riga to Ogre, right? That’s the question I asked myself when we were thinking of going to Ogre Blue Hills Nature Park. We didn’t want to wait for the train, so we decided to try and cycle there.
It is possible, and we got to our destination (and back to Riga).
But it isn’t as easy as it may look from the photo above.
Cycling from Riga to Ogre: My Experience
So, here are a few my tips if you want to do the same.
And a step-by-step guide to cycling to Ogre.
First things first, the bicycle. You can rent a bicycle in Riga, and that’s super easy. A cheap bicycle starts from 5 EUR / day.
1. Getting to Daugava Promenade Bike Path
Let’s assume, that you are starting a ride from Riga Old Town.
Just get to the river Daugava, and follow it. With the river on your right.
Until the South Bridge (Dienvidu tilts) it’s super-easy.
As you’re approaching the South Bridge, the bike path ends shortly before the bridge. Just keep going in the direction of the bridge, it’s in front of you, and turn to the right just before it. To get right next to the river again. And then turn to the left and cycle on the Austuves street for a while.
As of November 2020 on Austuves street there is a new bike path.
2-minutes later you’ll be on the Daugava Promenade bike path.
2. Daugava Promenade – Riga Hydroelectric Power Plant
The good thing is that the Daugava Promenade bike path is very nice.
The bad thing – it ends without reaching the Riga Hydroelectric Power Plant, where the next bike path starts.
The easiest way is to cycle until this beach / parking, shortly after the small bird watching tower, turn to the left to get on the Maskavas street. It’s a totally cyclist unfriendly road. But you can cycle next to it. There’s a kinda trail. The other option is to cycle until the end of the bike path, and follow the small roads.
I’ve done it both ways. It’s doable on the small roads as well.
But in a way it’s even harder than simply riding on the side of the road.
3. Riga Hydroelectric Power Plant Bike Path – Saulkalne – Ikskile
The good thing is that the bike path next to Daugava river is very nice.
The bad thing – it ends without reaching “anything”. It ends before Saulkalne. And shortly afterwards there’s the same as nice path for a longer while – until Ikskile town. So at one point you need to look for the way to get to Saulkalne. Either by following the small roads or taking a highway for a little bit.
It’s doable both ways.
It is possible to do some part of it on grass (at the beginning).
You can see this road from above.
It looks like this.
4. Ikskile – Ogre
Here it’s easy.
Follow the Riga street, and you’ll end up on a bicycle path / sidewalk, that will eventually take you to Ogre. Or you can cycle through Ikskile – like we did – and go to Ogre Blue Hills right away, without entering the town.
Have you been to Latvia? Have you tried cycling from Riga to Ogre or somewhere else? What was your experience of cycling in Latvia?