18. Path Along The Rapallo Border
The Path along the Rapallo Border can be walked in its entirety, from Žiri to 'Pr’Vrhovec' in Podlanišče (46km, 9-10 hours), or choose a circular route from Žiri to Mrzli vrh and back to Žiri (13km, 4 hours). If you decide to begin in Sovodenj, you can hike to Mrzli vrh to boundary stone no. 38 (14km, 4 hours return), or in the opposite direction to boundary stone no. 36 in Nova Oselica (6km, 2 hours – circular), or extend the route by continuing to boundary stone no. 35 which stands at 'Pr'Vrhovec' in Podlanišče (14.5km, 4.5 hours including returning to the main Cerkno – Sovodenj road, in Podlanišče).
The path begins at Žiri Museum, which is located in Old Žiri (Stari Žiri). A marked path climbs through Tabor towards Breznica. On the right you will see the Žirk hill, where, according to folk tales, the wicked Lintvern dragon resides. Approximately 150 metres above the last farmstead, a view opens up over the valley behind the Žirk hill. The Path along the Rapallo Border then deviates from the marked mountain trail and continues left along a track past a smaller intermediary boundary stone. Continue upwards through the forest to ?košenina? and ahead on the track uphill. When you reach the forest tractor track, turn right to boundary stone no. 39, which stands in the forest beneath the village of Breznica. After seeing the boundary stone, retrace your steps by a few metres and continue on the path towards the village of Breznica, where St. Cantianus' church (Sv. Kancijan) stands in the centre. From here you can continue on the marked trail towards Mrzli vrh, or, if you would like to see more boundary stones, continue following the signs for the theme path. When you exit the forest at the foot of Mrzli vrh, there are beautiful views of the surrounding hills and mountains. Continue on the marked path to boundary stone no. 38, where, in close proximity, a new mountain hut stands in the place of a former Yugoslav border-crossing guardhouse. From here you can return to Žiri through the Jarčja valley and past Ledinica, which is home to St. Anne's church (Sv. Ana), or instead continue ahead towards Sovodenj.
An alternative start point for the path is in the village of Sovodenj, from where you can walk to boundary stone no. 38 on Mrzli vrh, and you can continue on the path towards Žiri. From Sovodenj it is also possible to set off to boundary stone no. 36 in Nova Oselica, from where you can continue to boundary stone no. 35 which stands close to the Mountain Hut on Ermanovec (Koča na Ermanovcu).
Start point: Žiri, Sovodenj
Time: 3 - 4 hours
Height difference: 530 m
Difficulty level: 3