Small memorial to a gamekeeper murdered in the forest above

It is a peculiar memorial hidden in the woods between the Slapy and Štěchovice villages. It cannot be found on any map or in any tourist guide. It is a 1.5-metre high granite monolith in the form of a tree trunk placed on stone bedding. There is the following inscription on the memorial: „To Bedřich Vejmelka, a servant loyal until death, dedicated by his grateful master, + 4 October 1892”. As the inscription indicates, it is a memorial to Mr Bedřich Vejmelka, the gamekeeper of local hunting ground. On 4 October 1892, in the morning, he was found murdered in this very spot which is also called Hřebínek (the crest). The game keeper was shot dead into his left eye with a revolver. Some say he was murdered by a poacher, others say he shoot himself. Bedřich Vejmelka was 53 years old and left a widow and a daughter and son behind. The “grateful master” was probably count Bedřich Westphalen, the proprietor of the Slapy manor of that time.

Route and transport to the site

Walking (approx. 4,5 km):

If you want to walk, start in the Slapy village square and take the blue-marked hiking trail. Following this trail, you will climb a hill above the village and descend a road down to the crossing with the main road Nový Knín - Prague. You will leave the blue-marked hiking trail here and take the green-marked hiking trail heading to Štěchovice. After a pleasant 1.3-kilometre forest stroll, you will come to a crossings on an asphalt road (GPS: 49°50'7.095"N, 14°23'34.936"E), also called U sv. Josefa (St. Joseph’s) where a holy card is hanging on a tree. Leave the asphalt road here and take the non-marked forest path on your right. Follow this path straight ahead, descending slightly. After some 450 metres, you will come to a memorial situated right next to the path in the thicket on your right hand side. You will walk along forest paths and trails, avoiding any motor traffic. It is a nice walk, fit for any average hiker. When the weather is nice, the surrounding woods are ideal for mushroom picking.

Cycling (approx. 4,5 km):

See the route for walkers. Or you can use the route for cars. The biking route is not too demanding.

By car (approx. 5,3 km):

If you decide to go by car, you’ll need to drive all the way through the Slapy village to the Nový Knín - Prague main road. You will pass a petrol station in the direction of Prague and after some 200 metres pull over at a small forest car park on the left side of the road. You will have to walk from here, taking the green-marked hiking trail in the direction of Štěchovice. The memorial is some 1.8 kilometres away. After a pleasant 1.3-kilometre forest stroll, you will come to a crossings on an asphalt road (GPS: 49°50'7.095"N, 14°23'34.936"E), also called U sv. Josefa (St. Joseph’s) where a holy card is hanging on a tree. Leave the asphalt road here and take the non-marked forest path on your right. Follow this path straight ahead, descending slightly. After some 450 metres, you will come to a memorial situated right next to the path in the thicket on your right hand side. You will walk along forest paths and trails, avoiding any motor traffic. It is a nice walk, fit for any average hiker. When the weather is nice, the surrounding woods are ideal for mushroom picking.

GPS coordinates

www.mapy.cz - 49°50'15.393"N, 14°23'52.166"E

Map

Map No. 38 / A, B5, KČT (Czech Tourist Club) series

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