Life in
Ogre city

Let's go
Outside!

Have a nice
Walk

Let's go
Outside!

Relaxation on
Daugava

Pause

Restricted Area The Great Eskers and Ķoderi Hill Fort (The Big Man's Bed)

Restricted Area The Great Eskers and Ķoderi Hill Fort (The Big Man's Bed)
Address Suntaži Rural Territory, Ogre Municipality
Description

The most spectacular esker ridge in Latvia, the relative height of which is 27 m, width 60–100 m, area – 1,972.4 ha. The restricted area is located on the territory of Ropaži Municipality and Suntaži Rural Territory. The restricted area of  national importance was founded in 1957. Since 2005, it is included in the networking programme of protected areas in Europe – Natura 2000. Natural values: the specific vegetation, rare plant species. The Great Esker Lake and the Great Esker Swamp are also located on the territory. One of the species, the Lady's-slipper orchid, found on the territory is listed in the protected Biotopes Directive of the EU. Virgin upland swamps, swampy forests, and coniferous forests on glaciofluvial eskers are biotopes  found on the territory that are listed  in the protected Biotopes Directive of the EU.

A cultural monument of national importance – the Ķoderi Hill Fort (GPS [56.9086, 24.76972]), also known as The Big Man's Bed – is  located in the restricted area. The hill fort is located on the right bank of the river Mazā Jugla. The northeast and southwest slopes are naturally steep, approximately 15 m high. The remaining two slopes of the hill fort are artificially fortified with  moats and 3–4 m high ramparts. The plateau is 65 m long, and 25 m wide. No archaeological excavations have been carried out at the hill fort. As single contexts and the deep cultural layer show, the area was inhabited during the late Iron Age (800–1200). There is a legend about the giant that once lived here who cooked porridge and visited Riga to get some salt.

Date: 30 / 11 / 2021
Andrejs, Andrievs, Andris