Hiking Trails In The Škofja Loka Area

There are various well-arranged hiking trails throughout the Škofja Loka area, which enable genuine experiences of natural beauty. The majority of paths are accessible throughout the whole year, provided that you are properly equipped and that the weather allows. Make sure, however, that others hikers can also enjoy the trails by ensuring that they remain clean and intact.


1. Flis' Path

The trail is named after Slavek Flis, who, as president of the 'Olepševalnega drustva Škofja Loka' (The Society for the Care and Improvement of Škofja Loka), established in 1897, strived for the promotion of tourism and encouraged his fellow citizens to take part in recreation. In doing so he planned a circular trail which, with its colourful history, linked three castles that, like fortresses, protected the town of Škofja Loka: The Upper Tower on Krancelj, Loka Castle, The Old Castle.

From the Town Square (Mestni trg) walk up to Loka Castle and continue on the marked trail past the castle gate on a steep track which leads to the ruins of the upper tower on Krancelj (Zgornji stolp na Kranclju). The defence tower, which had surrounding walls and a deep moat, had many floors and was around 30 metres high. It was completely destroyed in the 1511 earthquake and today only scant remains are visible. Continue on the path downhill past a farmstead and onwards towards the so-called 'Kobila pass' where the road turn right onto a forest path that leads to the ruins of the Old Castle (Stari grad). Old documents speak about Wildenlach, where robber barons lived, and later Loka knights. The 1511 earthquake also shook the castle so badly that it was decided not to restore it. From the Old Castle descend through the Vinčar ravine (Vinčarska grapa) to Vincarje – named after the vinedressers who grew vines for the needs of the Loka bishops. Return to the old town centre along the right bank of the Selca Sora river.

Start point: Škofja Loka

Time: 2 hours

Height difference: 153 m

Difficulty level: 1


2. Path To Planica And Križna gora

The path leads towards Stara Loka and follows the signs for Pevno and Crngrob. Just before reaching Crngrob you pass two large shrines – the first contains a Pieta with paintings by Ivan Grohar, the other is dedicated to St. Cross. At the nearby fork in the road there is the 16th century Red Shrine, which serves as a reminder of the plague, with Gothic frescoes of saintly figures. To the right the shorter path leads to the lower part of the village of Crngrob, while the left path leads to the Church of the Annunciation.

Why is the village named Crngrob? In the past it was thought that underground caves were inhabited by robbers who preyed on traders that were walking with their goods towards Kranj or Škofja Loka. The village was once known by the name 'zw Ern-grub' (to the pit), which means earth pits or natural caves that were used as refuges for robbers. The name was later merged into Cerngrob, whilst today it is named Crngrob. The Church of the Annunciation is among the most beautiful Gothic churches in Slovenia and is worth a visit. On an exterior wall there is a large frescoe of St. Christopher, and the interior of the church is painted with scenes from the Life of Mary. To the left of the church, past the former sexton's quarters, the path leads uphill towards the forest. After 45 minutes of walking through the forest you reach the saddle where the trail leads to the left towards Planica. Here there is an opportunity to seek refreshment at the Pr' Brčnk Open-door Farm (Kmetija odprtih vrat Pr' Brčnk). The village of Planica lies on the eastern area of the hill of the same name, where, in 1995 a new church - St. Gabriel's - was erected. The simplest route to the top of the hill is to turn left up the hillside in front of the first house in Planica and then follow the marked path. From the top the path leads down through the forest and then along the ridge to Križna gora. The gravel path leads to the Church of St. Cross (Sv. Križ), which contains ornate altars and late-Gothic realism frescoes. The key to the church is kept in the nearby restaurant Gostilna pri Boštjanu. To return to the village take the path past a hunter's cottage to the hamlet of Cavrn, where it turns into the forest and leads down to the foot of a hill and through the village of Trnje, then to Stara Loka, from where it returns to the start.

Start point: Škofja Loka

Time: 5 - 6 hours

Height difference: 450 m

Difficulty level: 2

3. Path To Lubnik

From Škofja Loka follow the marked path up to Loka Castle. On reaching the castle walls continue uphill until you reach the information board above the Grebenar farmstead (Grebenarjeva domačija) and a viewpoint from which the surrounding hilltops can be seen. Continue on Flis' Path, past the entrance to 'Hudičev brezen' (Devil's Abyss) and onwards towards the forest to the so-called 'Kobila pass'. From here you can choose to continue to Lubnik on the road or take the steep 'čez Luža' path or the path via Stari Grad (Old Castle). We recommend the 'čez Luža' path, past the village of Gabrovo and over Repela. After approximately one hour of walking you reach the peak of Lubnik (1025m), where you will be rewarded with wonderful views of the Julian Alps, the Karavanke, the Kamnik-Savinja Alps and across Škofja Loka with the Sorško field all the way to Ljubljana. Refreshments are available at the Mountain Hut on Lubnik (Dom na Lubniku), where it is also possible to spend the night. We recommend descending from Lubnik in the same direction to the village of Gabrovo and along the road to the 'Kobila pass', from where you can either take the path over Stari Grad to Vincarje or Flis' Path to Loka Castle and back to Škofja Loka.

Start point: Škofja Loka

Time: 3 - 4 hours

Height difference: 677 m

Difficulty level: 3


4. Hrastnica And The Surrounding Hills

The path begins in Puštal from where the marked path leads past Puštal Castle (Puštalski grad) and Nace's House (Nacetova hiša). Follow the marked path which leads to a house, crosses the courtyard and turns left onto a forest path which runs along the slope of a hill. After approximately one hour's walking you reach the settlement of St. Andrej. The small church, after which the village is named, has stood here since 1501 and from the front of the church there are lovely views of the surrounding hills. Follow the cart track to the Jansca Farm for approximately one hour to St. Ožbolt's Church, where wonderful views also await you. It is just a further few minutes from the church to the top of the hill, however, keep on the path. From the church continue along the dirt road past Polanec to the frescoed Pr' Alč farmhouse. Continue on the upper path, which leads across meadows and through the forest to Selo, where refreshments are available. A further few minutes walking leads to a large intersection with a shrine, where the path continues past St. Jederti's Church, along the track which leads up the hill to the left. Another hour's walk leads to Tošč - the highest point at 1021m. The return path leads towards Osolnik, which is an approximately 2-hour undulating walk, therefore a stop at the Rožnik Tourist Farm, just beneath the Church of St. Mohor and Fortunat, makes an ideal break. To return to Škofja Loka we recommend following the marked forest trail, which begins in front of the church and leads to Puštal.

The route may be shortened by taking the path past the Vodnik farmstead (Vodnikova domačija) in the Hrastnica valley – shown on signposts by the letter 'V'. A little in front of St. Jedrti's Church there is a turn to the left where a track leading towards the valley starts. Continue to the Robidnik Farm (Robidnikova kmetija) then to the Vodnik Farm and onwards to return to Hrastnica.

Start point: Škofja Loka - Puštal

Time: 7 hours

Height difference: 670 m

Difficulty level: 3

5. Valentine's Path

The path begins in the car park at the lower station of the chairlift at the Stari vrh ski resort. Shortly after the start there is an intersection where you have a choice of paths. The recommended path is marked with signposts in both directions. If you choose the path to the right (the recommended direction), continue ahead beside the Valentine ski piste until you reach the main road at the exact boundary of the municipalities of Gorenja vas-Poljane and Škofja Loka. Continue along the main road under a bridge to the military road, then turn right at the water reservoir used to make artifical snow, onto a forest path which leads to the main road at the Kopa draglift. Should you choose the path through the village of Zapreval, continue straight ahead at the reservoir along the track and on reaching the main road turn left towards the Žgajnar tourist farm (Turizem na kmetiji Žgajnar). Continue on the tarmac road to reach the Kopa draglift, turning left at the Hribovšek farmstead, then left onto a forest road which leads to Grebljica. Continue to the right along the road, and soon after crossing the six-person chairlift, a sign points left to a path across a meadow, through the forest and slightly uphill to the meeting point of three paths – Valentine's Trail, the Hunters' Trail, the Path betwen the Mountains. Turn left at the Stari vrh Restaurant and Guest House (Gostišče in penzion Stari vrh), where you can take a short break. After a rest follow the tarmac road downhill to Grebljica, then turn left onto a forest road that leads towards the small village of Četena Ravan, which is home to the ancient St. Bricius' Church (Sv. Brikcij) with its newly-restored altars. Continue ahead to the village, then turn left at the Tavčar tourist farm. The path then leads past the Davčen and Ožbet tourist farms, then across fields and through the forest, descending to the main road above the village of Mlaka. Continue on the road through the village of Mlaka past the Jejlar homestead (Jejlarjeva domačija), the famous house where the film Cvetje v jeseni (Blossoms in Autumn) was filmed. On reaching the village of Jarčje Brdo you will catch sight of the imposing St. Valentine's parish church. Turn left at the church onto a forest road which soon reaches a crossroads where you continue to the car park at the start of the trail.

Every year on 31st October there is an organised hike on Valentine's Path beginning at 9am from the car park of the lower station of the 6-person chairlift at the Stari vrh ski resort.

Start point: Škofja Loka - Puštal

Time: 3 hours

Height difference: 500 m

Difficulty level: 1


6. Hunters' Path

The start of the path is in the Grebljica car park from where it turns left onto a forest path, which is the meeting point of Valentine's Path and the Path between Mountains. Shortly after, turn right and start ascending the southern slopes of Stari vrh to the saddle between Mladi and Stari vrh. At this point the Hunters' Path and and the Path between Mountains meet. Continue over the top of Stari vrh, past Logar's Hut (Logarjeva koča) and the Stari vrh Restaurant and Guest House (Gostišče in penzion Stari vrh) to return to the start.

Start point: Grebljica (Stari vrh ski center)

Time: 1,5 hours

Height difference: 350 m

Difficulty level: 2

7. The Javorje - Žetina – Javorje Hiking Trail

The path begins at the car park in front of the Gostilna Blegoš restaurant in Javorje. Begin by descending to the village of Dolenčice, where the path leads past the well-known Azbe's farmstead (Pri Ažbetu doma). Continue through the village and the path soon begins to lead up the slopes of Gora-Malenski vrh. The village of Gora is home to the imposing Church of the Assumption, which is also on an ancient pilgrimage route. From Gora head downhill past the Frtunc farmstead (Domačija Frtunc) to the settlement of Spodnja Žetina, where a short climb leads up to Gorenja Žetina, where refreshments are available. Continue towards the Rancka waterfall (Slap Rancka), where in winter ice-climbing takes place. A short descent leads past the Korošeč farmstead (Koroščeva domačija) and Brinje to the farmstead on Malen, then turn right and descend to the village of Murave and along the tarmac road to return to the start at Javorje.

For those looking for a longer more challenging walk, and a desire to conquer the highest peak in the area, we recommend the path past Murave, Brinje, and the Rancka waterfall to the Andrejon farm, then follow the marked hiking trail to Črni Kal and to the peak of Blegoš.

Every year on the public holiday on 25th June an organised hike takes place beginning at 9am from in front of the Gostilna Blegoš restaurant.

Start point: Javorje

Time: 3 - 4 hours

Height difference: 711 m

Difficulty level: 2

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8. Path Between Mountains

The path begins at the Grebljica car park at the Stari vrh ski resort. From the car park the path descends slightly towards Četena Ravan, where it then turns right above St. Bricius' Church (Sv. Brikcij) towards the village of Podvrh. Soon wonderful panoramic views open up of the Poljane valley and towards Notranjska and Primorska. In the village of Podvrh follow the signs, then turn right across a field past a shrine. On reaching the forest continue climbing steadily up to the first fork, where you have an option to take the shorter or longer route. The shorter route leads over Mladi vrh and onwards across Stari vrh to reach your goal. For the longer route, continue towards Koprivnik to the military road, cross the road to reach an intersection of the paths between Blegoš and Koprivnik. From here you can head to Blegoš, or otherwise turn right at the intersection onto the hiking trail and back over Koprivnik (1393m), Mladi vrh (1374m) and Stari vrh (1217m). From the view point on Stari vrh there are stunning views extending all the way to Ljubljana, Snežnik and to Nanos and Primorska. You can take a break for refreshments at Logar's Hut (Logarjeva koča) on Stari vrh. To return descend on the hiking trail past the Stari vrh Restaurant and Guest House (Gostišče in penzion Stari vrh) to the start at Grebljica.

Every year on the first Sunday in August, an organised hike takes place beginning at 8am from the Grebljica car park at the Stari vrh ski resort.

Start point: Grebljica (Stari vrh ski center)

Time: 4 - 6 hours

Height difference: 975 m

Difficulty level: 3

9. Path To Bukov vrh

The path begins in Poljane, where parking is available at the Gostilna na Vidmu restaurant. Set off on foot across the bridge which leads over the Poljane Sora river to Hotovlja, past a shrine to the birth house of the fine artist Štefan Šubic. Cross the Hotoveljščica stream on a small wooden bridge and walk uphill along Koroška pot to the Ahternik farm. Continue to the Pri Kamenšku farmstead where there are beautiful views of the Škofja Loka and Cerklje hills, with the Julian Alps and the Kamnik-Savinja Alps in the background. From the farmstead the path continues uphill to Bukov vrh, where the Church of the Holy Saturday (Sv. Sobote) stands, and from where there are views over a large part of the Poljane valley. From the church head downhill in the opposite direction to the Mežnar and Bukovec farmsteads. A level path leads along the foothills of Pasja ravan to the Podskalar farmstead and then down through the forest past the Podskalar,  Rovrar and Boštenc farmsteads to Kremenek and onwards to the Brdar – Ljubica Tourist Farm in Vinharje. From Brdar return to the valley along the edge of the hamlet of Vinharje, past the Nacon and Pešar farmsteads to Muha, where there is another view point with a beautiful view of Poljane. Descend on the meadow to Hotovlja and onwards to return to Poljane.

Start point: Poljane

Time: 4,5 hours

Height difference: 450 m

Difficulty level: 2


10. Path To St. Urban

To reach the start, drive to the village of Gorenja vas and continue driving over the bridge and left again through Dolenja and Gorenja Dobrava. Soon after the Pr' Brodarju farmstead, which stands right next to the road, turn left over the bridge and cross the Brebovščica stream. Turn right where you can park next to the panoramic information boards. Set off on foot uphill on the forest road to Mežnar's House (Mežnarjeva hisa). On reaching the house turn right, head uphill to see St. Urban's Church – 5 minutes – and then return back to Mežnar's House and continue straight ahead towards the top of the hill. On reaching the hayrack at the top of the hill there is a beautiful view of Gorenja vas and the picturesque hills in the background. Walk along the road through the forest to the Pr' Lukc farm, where the incline in the path increases slightly, then continue on the flat until it begins to slightly descend. The descent leads to the Jesenko farm, where the path continues behind the house towards the forest and ahead along the forest road to Vinharije. In spring you can admire the beautiful lily of the valley which grow alongside the path. You soon reach the Ljubica tourist farm from where a grassy path descends towards the valley to the Pr' Polenjšk farm. Follow the tarmac road, at first downhill then through the forest to the valley. At the Pri Potokarju farm turn right towards Todraž and then right again towards Gorenja vas. Cross the bridge over the Brebovščica stream, then turn right to return to the start.

Start point: Gorenja Dobrava

Time: 1 hour

Height difference: 155 m

Difficulty level: 1

11. Beekeepers' Path Past St. Urban's Church

The Beekeepers' Path is ideal for lovers of honey and other beekeeping products. The 'Med izpod Blegoša' (Honey from under Blegoš) trademark is evidence of the close alliance among beekeepers in this area and is considered of the highest quality. 

The path begins in Srednja vas at the Pri Jakuc farm, which has a tradition of beekeeping. The owners will be delighted to show you how their bees live, how the honey is harvested, what royal jelly is, and where propolis is deposited. It is also possible to see the family's collection of old tools and to sample and purchase honey goodies. The Beekeepers' Path, which is marked by yellow-green signs, leads first to the village of Žabja vas, then on a forest path uphill towards the hill 'Pešarjev grič' in Vinharje. From the ridge there are beautiful views of the green slopes and the church and hilltop of Bukov vrh. Continue along the track to the Ljubica tourist farm. Return past the linden tree and turn left onto the path which leads downhill to the Pr' Polenšku farm, where there is an attractive beehive and a chance to sample their home-produced honey and liqueur. A level path leads below a hayrack towards the next beehives at the Pr' Bačnarju farm in Bačne. Next, follow the signs for St. Urban's Church and, when the path begins to lead downhill, continue past the Pr' Lukc farmstead where, soon after, you will see the Mežnar farmstead (Mežnarjeva domačija). From here it is just a 5-minute walk uphill to St. Urban's church, thereafter return to the Mežnar farmstead and descend along the southern slopes to the Potoška grapa ravine, where you reach the beehive of Jože Hladnik. Continue on the path beside the stream, which runs along the foot of the hill. Once in Dolenja Dobrava, cross the road to see another beautifully-kept beehive, which is owned by Pavel Čadež. Continue on the road in Dolenja Dobrava until you reach a signpost at Pavel Čadež's farmstead where the path continues to the right on a track which runs under the slopes on the right bank of the Sora river. At the Pr' Čik farmstead, the owner can tell you plenty of interesting facts about bees and their breeding, and from the beams by the beehive you can take a look at the collection of honey and medicinal plants. On this path from beehive to beehive there is a chance to meet friendly locals, each of whom will be happy to be greeted with the beekeepers' greeting 'Naj medi'.

Start point: Srednja vas

Time: 3 - 4 hours

Height difference: 240 m

Difficulty level: 2


12. Path Through Zala

The path begins beneath the Pr' Bukovc farm where there is a parking area and the first information board which gives a short description of the path. Set off in the direction of Goli vrh, then after 1.5km turn left into the forest and into the centre of Zala. If you choose not to leave the forest path, after approximately 100 metres you reach the fortifications of the Rupnik Line on Goli vrh. On entering the forest path you will experience peace and tranquility and, with a bit of luck, hear the call of wood grouse. On sunny days you will also notice how the sun's rays penetrate the green undergrowth through the dense fir trees at the top of Zala (899m). The narrow track then leads slightly downhill to a wonderful forest clearing, which is ideal for taking a break. Spend some time here where there is a forest hut and numerous teaching aids.  When you continue head downhill until you reach Štefka – a bear made of moss – you won't be able to resist standing next to Štefka for a photograph! To the right of the bear there is a brook where you can freshen up and drink the fresh potable water. Continue to descend slightly where, along the path, you will see animation boards describing the Medvedkova pot (Bear Cub’s Path), which runs within the Path through Zala. When the views once again become visible, you will notice a forest road on the right where, during both World Wars, a narrow-gauge railway operated for the purposes of building the Rupnik Line. Lower down you will see the roofs of the Pri Mraku farmstead (Domačija pri Mraku), where Amandus recovered from the wounds inflicted when a bear attacked him in Zala. The path then continues and leads past the Pr' Šimc, Grobež in Omejčk farmsteads, then an easy path through the Pihovc wood, past the picturesque stream bed of the Zala brook. After a slight incline, you reach Mlin, where locals can tell you old tales or show you traditional work. The path then climbs to Sivec and the Selak farmstead. The Hunter's Hut (Lovska koča) is a little to the right, above the farmstead which can be seen on the right at the top of the ridge. If you turn right at the intersection of paths, you will see the final animation board which is located directly above the Selak farmstead, as well as an orientation table showing the nearby and distant peaks. To continue, stay to the left and follow the flat trail above the Gorenjska tourist panoramic road, and, in a short time, you will be back at the Pr' Bukovcu farm. We hope the you will have felt enchantment and appreciated the beauty of the forests on this path, as described by the writer Ivan Tavčar.

Start point: Žirovski vrh 44, Pr' Bukovc Farm

Time: 3 - 4 hours

Height difference: 270 m

Difficulty level: 2

13. Urek's Path To Gora

Urek's Path (Urekova pot) begins at the Gostilna Lipan restaurant in Hotavlje and leads first behind the Matic farm to the Uresjak farm, where it turns left and over upper Hotavlje, past the Boštjanovc farm towards the crossroads at Nandet. At the crossroads continue straight ahead towards Hlavče njive, then walk along the forest path until you arrive at the Koreninovec farm. From Brdo the path then leads towards Malenski vrh and onwards on the marked path to Gora.

From the top there are several paths from which to choose, depending on your ability and enthusiasm for walking further. From Hotavlje there are also other ways to reach Gora on foot, such as through Čabrače and Volaka, or from the paths beginning in Suša or Malenski vrh.

Start point: Hotavlje

Time: 4 - 5 hours

Height difference: 540 m

Difficulty level: 3


14. Path To Blegoš From Hotavlje

The start of the path begins at the premises of the company Marmor in Hotavlje, where it first follows the marked Loka Mountain Trail, which, immediately above the branch road Volaka-Suša leads onto an old cart track, to the right of the house on a slope. Continue on the path to Čabrače, where you will first pass an old shrine and then through the village, past the Church of St. Jetri to the Izgorc farm, which is where the actual mountain trail begins. Some prefer to drive to this point and start the walk from here, returning by the same path. Should you choose this option, we advise you to leave your car in the parking area next to the road beneath the farm. Follow the signs straight uphill to the ridge. If your footsteps are quiet enough, you might even spot chamois. It is a further easy half-hour's walk from the road to the top of Blegoš, or you can opt to visit the mountain hut for refreshments. From the hut the path continues on the road down to the saddle left towards the Mountain Guards' Shelter on Jelencih (Planinski zavetišče na Jelencih), which is open at weekends in winter. From here, the well-marked path leads largely through the forest, however, keep your eyes pealed since in the Ograde car park the path splits. The shorter path, which is the one suggested, leads to Volaka (the reason for the name Volaka dates back to its settlement before the Slavs, when our ancestors called all aboriginees Vlahe or Lahe), on ahead back to the start of the path, whilst the longer path leads to Leskovica. The road from Leskovica over Studor and Debeni to Hotavlje, which is mostly tarmac and offers fantastic views, is not marked.

Start point: Hotavlje

Time: 5 - 6 hours

Height difference: 1142 m

Difficulty level: 3

15. Path To Slajka And Ermanovec

The path begins in Hotavlje, where there are signs for the Loka Mountain Trail past St. Lawrence's church (Sv. Lovrenc), followed by a short distance along a tarmac road which leads ahead to a signpost at the top, and then left onto a well-marked walking trail. Considerate locals have placed two benches along the path, ideal for a short break after the climb and from where, on the lower bench, you can also enjoy the view. The Hut on Slajka (Dom na Slajki) is reached after approximately one hour of walking, where you can recover, have a breather and at weekends also enjoy refreshments. You can return on the same path or instead continue along the gently sloping Loka Mountain Trail beneath the Špik hilltop above the Homovc farm, from where there is a view of the ridge of Žirovski vrh. On reaching a smaller saddle and gravel road, you can opt to continue on the path to Ermanovec or return to the start. The path back towards Hotavlje leads past the Homovc farm, then a little further ahead down to a tarmac road and a three-way crossroads. The road to the left leads to the top of Slajka, the road straight ahead and downhill leads to Hotavlje, we, however, recommend taking the road to the right. After a 15 minute walk you reach a clearing and a farm. Continue on the path beside the forest, crossing the clearing on the left, then continue through the forest where the path slowly begins to descend back to Hotavlje (keep to the left branches).

The last Sunday in May attracts the largest number of visitors to Slajka for the traditional 'Day of Lillies' (Dan šmarnic) event. From the hut the path continues along the Loka Mountain Trail across the top of Špik or around and above the Homovc farm – both paths soon meet and views open up towards the ridge of Zirovski vrh. A dirt road leads back down to the starting point past the Homovc farm; a little lower, at the crossroads with the road which connects Hotavlje with Slajka, the Loka Mountain Trail runs to the right and leads back to the church at Hotavlje.

Should you wish to continue to Ermanovec, do not take the path down towards Homovc but instead continue along the dirt road to Sleme and then follow the tarmac road past the Jezerca farm. Behind the farm a sign points to the left, from the it is still a good half hour's walk to the top of Ermanovec. From the top descend across the meadow on the marked path to the tarmac road on the ridge, where you will see the shrine 'Škrbinova kapelica' and a large old bell, from where it is only a few minutes walk to reach the hut. To return towards Hotavlje there are a number of paths – the suggested one leads over Vrhovac hill (Vrhovcov grič) to Trebija: return to the chapel and then along the track across the slopes. Continue to follow the signposts through the forest and over meadows, just a short part of the path is along the Trebija-Stara Oselica road. From Trebija you can return by bus or try your luck by hitch-hiking, or continue on foot along the upper path to Podgora from where it is not far to Hotavlje.

Start point: Hotavlje

Time: 2 hours to Slajka, a further 2-3 hours including an ascent to Ermanovec

Height difference: 369 m to Slajka, 606 m to Ermanovec

Difficulty level: 2 - 3

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16. The Gorenja vas – Poljane Municipal Circular Walk

 Due to the fresh air, wonderful views, well-maintained and marked paths, and genuine home-cooked food, the Land beneath Blegoš is a paradise for hikers. The Gorenja vas – Poljane Municipal Circular Walk runs approximately along the borders of the municipality of Gorenja vas – Poljane and seeks out the most scenic and attractive places and spots with the best views where you can stop, look around and soak up the views, rest and refresh. The entire path is 89km and is strenuous in places, therefore when choosing your tour be sure to take into consideration your physical capabilities and weather conditions. A large part of the route runs along existing marked paths. In places where the path has been newly-arranged, follow the signs for the Municipal Walking Path (Občinska pohodna pot), otherwise follow the aforementioned routes. Individual stages and tourist facilities along the route are described in more details on the map 'Pohodni krog občine Gorenja vas – Poljane', which can be obtained from tourist information centres in the Škofja Loka area and at the Gostilna Jager restaurant in Gorenja vas, where you can also get any additional information and a control card for collecting stamps.

Start point: Poljane

Time: 30 hours

Height difference: 5000 m

Difficulty level: 3

17. Along The Traces Of The Rupnik Line

You can discover the traces of the fortifications of the Rupnik Line on a short circular, or longer, hiking path. The shorter theme path, which is suitable for all members of the family, begins at the cemetery in Gorenja vas, where there is an information board, flanked by two anti-tank barriers. The path leads ahead past the former barracks, numerous bunkers and remains - where those who were building the fortifications resided – to the prominent Bishop's bunker (Škofov bunker) and then back to the start. There are highly informative and interesting boards placed along the path, which, using caricatures, illustrate the building of the fortifications.

The start and first part of the longer path follows the same route as the shorter theme path. After approximately 2km the two paths split; a signpost points to the left for the longer path, whilst the shorter path continues to the right. Follow the signposts past a large gravel pit and onwards by the Ferjanec farmstead (Ferjančeva domačija), to reach the largest underground fortress defence system of the Rupnik Line, which is located on Hrastov grič. Entrance into the fortress is only possible when accompanied by a guide. You can return by the same path, or on the marked path past the Zaleše farmstead (Domacija Zaleše).

Start point: Gorenja vas

Time: 2 hours (shorter route), 5 hours (longer route)

Height difference: 180 - 476 m

Difficulty level: 1 - 2


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

19. Žiri - Goli vrh

The path begins at the ski jumping centre in Nova vas, where the Žiri-Vrhnika road branches off to the left. Follow the marked path to Mojškrč then along a new route from Mojškrč past Čufar, where there is an open-door farm (the previous route went over Kucelj). Keep following the signs to the crossroads in front of the former Hunters' Hut (now a private house), where there is a choice of two routes. The first, shorter path, which is marked on older maps, runs to the right along the road past Kremžar and Blaževc. On the ridge go along the track to the right which leads to the fortifications on the Rupnik Line on Goli vrh and continue along the ridge to Jesenka-Šubic, where the connecting path joins the Loka Mountain Trail. Should you opt for the other, longer route (currently still not marked), turn left at the former Hunters' Hut to the Pr' Bukovcu farm. At the farm head to the right across the meadow, along the ridge, where, after a 15-minute moderate walk you cross the road which connects Goli vrh and Žiri and join a track which leads to the fortifications on the Rupnik Line, or, respectively, to the first, shorter variant.

Start point: Žiri

Time: 2,5 hours

Height difference: 470 m

Difficulty level: 1


20. Charcoal Burners' Path – St. Mohor

Vehicles may be parked along the road near the Sora river, from where you set off on the path to the village of Ševlje. A signpost directs you to the hillside past meadows and through a mysterious forest towards the hamlet of Hudi Laz. There are a number of forest paths and roads here therefore take care to follow the signs and the path along the ridge. On reaching the plain, there is a view of the hilltop of Laški vrh and the hills above the Bukovščica valley. The hamlets of Hrib, Kras, Laško and Dunaj can be seen. The next village along the path is Pozirno, where, during summer, you are bound to see a charcoal pile, either being built or already burning. At the large double hayrack at the start of the village the path leads ahead through the forest, then across a meadow to Zabrekve. From the first farm, Pr' Habjan, it is less than a kilometre by road to the centre of the village, where there are five houses. The residents in this village burn at least one charcoal pile per year. There are a lot of charcoal piles in this area, therefore it is possible to buy charcoal at almost every house. It is a further 10-15 minute walk from Zabrekve to reach the top and St. Mohor's Church. The church is usually closed, but you can take a seat in the shade of the linden tree opposite the sexton's house. The descent is towards Topolje, first by road then along a short-cut which branches off to the left towards Topolje. The main connection from Topolje to the valley runs through Selca, however, here you should descend to the Jablenovce ravine, from where after approximately a one-hour walk you return to Ševlje. The winding path continues past meadows then leads downhill towards water, running mainly in the shade of trees, which is especially pleasant and cool in summer.

Start point: Ševlje

Time: 4 hours

Height difference: 550 m

Difficulty level: 2

21. Hunters' Path To Miklavška gora

The ascent to Miklavška gora begins at the Rovn Sports Park in Selca, which is approximately 500 metres from Selca heading towards Zelezniki. Set off along the walking path beside the Sora river, then along the path which climbs steadily up the hillside of Zavrnik and leads to the first clearing. Follow the marked path, which begins to descend slightly and leads to another larger clearing, then onwards to the saddle between Zavrnik and Penovnik. Here the path 'čez Korita' meets that from the Studenske ravine. The steepest part of the ascent along the ridge is now ahead, which runs mostly along a hunting boundary, hence you will notice there are signs on trees in the shape of a green triangle with a line. If you walk quietly enough and have a sharp eye, you might spot deer or chamois. The approach to Miklavška gora is from the northern side, where you will see in front of you an electrical transformer and a small church. There is also a bench nearby, ideal for taking a breather and a chance for a snack from your rucksack, and there is also a box with a registration book and stamp. St. Nicholas' church (Sv. Miklavž) is usually closed, however, people gather here twice a year – 1st September and on Jacob's Sunday, the first Sunday after 25th July. You will notice the old stone portal, remains of the former circular walls – thought to have been built during the time of the Turkish invasions. From Miklavška gora a path leads down to Zgornja Golica, where there are views of the slopes of St. Mohor, and the peaks of the Karavanke and Kamnik-Savinja Alps. Continue along the tarmac road to a large hayrack above Spodnja Golica. If you are in a rush to return to the valley, you can continue along the road, however, the suggested return route turns right in front of the hayrack and leads downhill along a pleasant footpath to Dolenja vas. To return to the Rovn Sports Park follow the track which runs along the right bank of the Selca Sora river.

Start point: Selca

Time: 4 hours

Height difference: 520 m

Difficulty level: 3


22. Path Of Dražgoše Memories

The path begins at the Cankar's Batallion log cabin (Brunarica Cankarjevega bataljona) in Dražgoše, from where you set off on foot on a tarmac path uphill for approximately 30 minutes to reach the memorial to the fallen on Bičkova skala (formerly Jelenci). After seeing the memorial, return on the same path and then turn onto a wider forest path at the first turning, which leads to a viewpoint that is also used by paragliders as a take-off spot. Next to the tree there is a small chest containing a record book for hikers to sign. After admiring the views of the nearby hills and the Selca valley return to the path and at the first turning turn right on a footpath downhill until you reach the main road. Soon after turn onto a cart track and after approximately 20 minutes you will reach the ruins of an old church. Immediately adjacent to the main road there is a cart track which leads past a hayrack that carries the inscription 1813, to the ruins of an old church and cemetery. The unique feature of this hayrack is that it has a shrine between two of the beams. Centuries ago people walked here in processions to reach the old church and you can also see evidence of the historical course of events, the floorplan and pictures of the then church. If you continue a little further ahead, you reach two abandoned objects, which, approximately half-a-century ago were used for drying flax. The path continues downhill past 'Lojze's Chapel' (Lojzetova kapelica) to return to the road, but before returning to the log cabin you can also visit St. Lucy's Church (Sv. Lucija).

Start point: Dražgoše

Time: 3 hours

Height difference: 360 m

Difficulty level: 2

23. Path Over Martinj vrh

 To reach the start of the path, drive towards Zali Log then turn over the bridge before reaching the village towards Davča. After 700 metres there is a parking area for vehicles, from where you set off on foot through the settlement which is officially part of the village of Zali Log, though is known among locals as Grapa. At the hayrack-shaped information board continue straight ahead towards Potok and Blegoš. Cross a small bridge in the middle of the ravine where a tarmac road leads to the Mušter farm but instead, prior to the first sharp level bend, go straight-ahead on the path which leads past Dobret on the ridge beneath Mrzli vrh. From here there are views of the surrounding landscape dotted with the individual houses that make up the settlement of Martinj vrh. If you would like to continue and ascend to Romovec, continue to follow the ridge past Mrzlikar and Čemšišar and onwards on the hillside. Look out for the left turn from the dirt road onto a tractor path, which later narrows to become a footpath. Return along the marked trail and descend past the Bendišč farm to the Jakec farm. There is also a shorter path to reach this point, which leads from the ridge beneath Mrzli vrh. Descend via the shortcut on the dirt road which leads to Bohinc. The nearby Pr' Demšar farm, which you reach if you continue on the dirt road towards the valley, produces homemade liquors. Continue on the path which leads past Zažlebar to Martinšek. At the top of the ridge you could visit the Na Puč tourist farm, which offers homemade food and drinks. Ahead just the descent awaits along the path which leads directly back to the start.

Start point: Zali Log

Time: 3 hours and an additional hour for the ascent to Romovec

Height difference: 420m or 727m to Romovec

Difficulty level: 2


24. A Visit To The Largest Village In Slovenia

From the Selca valley a signpost directs you to the relatively narrow side valley of the Davča stream, where only the signs on farmsteads through the relatively narrow valley will convince you that you are actually already in the village. Turn right in front of the former Nika factory, where you can park at the Jemec snack bar (Okrepčevalnica Jemec). Set off on foot along a tarmac road then on a forest path, known as 'Kamnik', which leads to a meadow above the Zakovkar farmstead (Zakovkarjeva domacija). Descend to the farmstead then continue on the Loka Mountain Trail to Jurež and by road uphill towards the Pstinar farm. Follow the mountain trail which leads to Porezen over the so-called 'Kravji Lom'. On reaching the stream, cross it and follow the road downhill to reach a viewpoint above the three Davča waterfalls. It is possible to walk down to the lower waterfall. where there is a board which gives information about the height of the waterfalls and how they were formed, and then follow the tarmac road to Jakobeč. There is also a recommended shortcut, which leads from the sharp bend a little onwards from the quarry, and runs at first beside a stream then steeply uphill to Jakobeč. Continue ahead on the road to the Pavlin, Štalec, and Šebrejlenc farmsteads, which lie at over 1,100 metres above sea-level, and from where there are astounding views. The road leads into the forest and to the Podgozdar farmstead (domačija pri Podgozdarju). A little further ahead you will spot the lower-lying Vrhovec farmstead (Vrhovčevo domacija), where, every year on the third weekend in August, the ethnologic event 'Dan teric' (Flax Dressers' Day) takes place. Follow the marked path above Čumar and Bičkar to the Cerkno Ski Centre, across the ski slopes to the Čumar Apartments and on the road back to the bottom of the valley. Return along the path which leads along the main road to a bridge, and crosses a stream, then take the old walking trail back uphill to return to the start.

Start point: Davča

Time: 4 - 5 hours

Height difference: 280 m

Difficulty level: 3

25. The Path Of Architectural Heritage In Sorica And A Visit To The Šprucar Waterfall

This walk through Spodnja Sorica begins in front of Grohar's House (Groharjeva hiša). Follow the signposts past hayracks and the monument of Ivan Grohar, to St. Nicholas' Church (Sv. Nikolaj/Miklavž). The church in Sorica was mentioned in the land register dating back as far as 1501. In the second half of the 17th century the building was completely remodelled; today's baroque appearance dates from the 18th century. Return to Grohar's House, where the painter Ivan Grohar was born in 1867. Today there is a gallery and an exhibition of the Ivan Grohar Memorial Collection. You can also see an ethnographic collection of objects which were once used by local farmers and craftspeople. If you would like to see more of the natural sights in the vicinity, we recommend a visit to the Šprucar waterfall. Head towards Zgornja Sorica and after 200 metres turn left into the valley, cross the Selca Sora river and then go uphill crossing the hillside to the tarmac road which connects Sorica with Petrovo Brdo. After 100 metres there is a signpost directing you onto a forest path, which is at first quite steep then levels out and leads straight to the Šprucar waterfall. Return along the same path to the road, then continue straight ahead to 'macesnov griček' (larch tree hillock), where you can take a break and enjoy the view of the village of Zgornja Sorica. Descend on the path between larch trees to the first house and an abandoned farm, near to which the best water in the village can be found. Try it for yourself! All that now remains is a further 300 metres on the path to the Gostišče Macesen restaurant and to the start.

Start point: Sorica (Grohar's House)

Time: 1 hour, or 2-2.5 hours including a visit to the Šprucar waterfall

Height difference: 50 m, or 150 m with a visit to the waterfall

Difficulty level: 1 - 2


26. Hiking On The Soriška planina Highland

The path begins in the car park on the Soriška planina highland. From the car park set off on foot to the Litostrojska koča mountain hut and onwards beside the draglift towards the saddle between Možic and Slatnik. Continue ahead on a relatively level path and in 45 minutes you reach a former Italian barracks. Continue a few steps further uphill to the saddle above the barracks and then on the military road and mule track following the signs towards Šavnik. Descend slowly to the saddle beneath Šavnik and at the signpost turn right to reach the top, which offers splendid views. From the top descend on the same path back to the signpost where you earlier turned towards Šavnik, however, now head towards Možic, which is easily recognised from afar by the large iron dome on its top. Take one of the military roads to return to the saddle between Možic and Slatnik and descend to the saddle and continue along the ridge to the top. Continue ahead towards Lajnar, which you can already see ahead. Descend along the ridge to the saddle, where there is a signpost. A path from Petrovo Brdo also leads to this point. Just a little further and you will be on the top of Lajnar, where there is also an iron dome, the same as that on Možic, and from where there are fantastic views of Sorica. Descend on the ski piste to the saddle between Lajnar and Dravh and continue on the narrow trail to the top of Dravh. From here it is best to return to the saddle between Lajnar and Dravh and from there on the unmarked path back towards the Litostrojska koča mountain hut.

Start point: Soriška planina highland

Time: 3,5 hours

Height difference: 323 m

Difficulty level: 3

27. Soriška planina Highland – The Paths Along The Rapallo Border

Soriška planina is a beauty among highlands, which year-round offers a wide choice of activities and enjoyment in the embrace of unspoilt nature. Part of the Rapallo Border runs over the Soriška planina highland – the border between the Kingdom of Italy and the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. This hike to see the Rapallo Border begins from the car park next to the Gostišče Brunarica restaurant on Soriška planina. From the restaurant set off on foot up the ski piste (outside of the ski season), towards the top of Lajnar, or alternatively, when it is operating you can reach Lajnar by taking the chairlift. Continue to the cast-iron observation bunker, which dates from the times of the border between the Kingdom of Italy and the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes – later the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. After taking a look at the inside of the bunker, continue to one of the largest barracks in the area, which served as a home for the soldiers who guarded the border. The path leads beneath the top of Slatnik and ahead on a scenic and easy mule track. In front of you, as if only at arm's length, you will see the Baška Grapa ravine and the beautiful mountains which surround it. You will soon reach the barracks beneath Kor, which once housed the sector command. You can also continue to the top of Možic, where there is the same cast-iron observation bunker as on Lajnar. After a short rest, continue on the path, with its colourful history, back to the start.

Start point: Soriška planina highland

Time: 2,5 hours

Height difference: 297 m

Difficulty level: 2

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28. Endless Views In Silence

The path begins at the start of the village of Zgornje Danje, from where you set off on foot along the tarmac road above houses. After just a few metres continue steeply left into the forest and follow the path to the Spodnji Jirn highland and onwards to the Zgornji Jirn highland.  At the sign 'žig' (stamp) turn left and follow the marked path to Kačji rob. From here return a little way back to the Zgornji Jirn highland, which you cross then climb on a fairly steep ridge to Kremant. Now descend a little again and continue along the edge of the ridge to the highest peak of Ratitovec – Alternaver. From here you can continue to walk towards the peak of Gladki vrh and the Krekova koča mountain hut, which can already be seen from the extended route. After refreshments at the mountain hut, descend to the village of Torka and then along the dirt road back to the start.

Start point: Zgornje Danje

Time: 4,5 hours

Height difference: 567 m

Difficulty level: 3

29. Highland And Peaks On Ratitovcu

From the car park in front of the Church of Our Lady of Mercy in Prtovč head to the split in the path and the route boards, from where you continue left towards Ratitovec over Povden. From here the path leads to the Krekova koča mountain hut and the peak of Gladki vrh. Then descend a little to the saddle just beneath a small hut, where a signpost directs you to the right towards the Pečana planina highland. From the shepherds' hut continue uphill to the partly demolished bunkers of the Rupnik Line (the Vratca saddle). From the planina Klom highland head back up to the forest road and then turn left along the ridge on an unmarked path to reach the peak of Kosmati vrh. Another option is to return to the Vratca saddle and from there continue to Kosmati vrh on the marked path. From Kosmati vrh once again return to Vratca and from there descend to the Razor basin and on the marked path back to the start at Prtovč.

Start point: Prtovč (Železniki)

Time: 4,5 hours

Height difference: 654 m

Difficulty level: 3