The Walk of Peace in the Karst by bike

June 25, 2022

CYCLING

UNSPOILED NATURE

LOCAL CUISINE

The battles of the First World War, which took place mostly in places near the present-day border between Slovenia and Italy, fatally marked the entire area from Log pod Mangart in the north to the Adriatic Sea in the south. They left behind devastation, death, and displaced natives. Although more than 100 years have passed since they remained painfully etched in their memories. Remains in the form of museums, battlefields and cemeteries have been grouped into the Walk of Peace – to emphasize forever the importance of peace and the futility of war.

In her karst part, the lives of soldiers were significantly protected by the natural resources of the Karst world – many caves in which they kept food supplies and performed many other strategically important tasks. Deeper in the hinterland were hospitals and of course – cemeteries, they built railways to bring supplies to the battlefield, even water supply… All these remains are present in this area today still, along with extensive historical testimonies and records. Statehood Day seems to be a very auspicious date to revive the memories of these, so tragic times for all of us. Therefore, we will summarize the majority of the most important landmarks left by the First World War in the Karst in a cycling trip.

We will cycle along cart tracks and paths, the beauty of which will be complemented by delicious flavors of local cuisine.

Duration:1 day
Total distance: 42 km
Avg. distance:
Total height:795 m
Bicycle type:trekking, gravel or MTB, e-support recommended
Countries:Slovenia
Begin/End:Cerje
Price:45 €

The trips are planned very carefully, but we cannot predict unforeseen events or road works, so minor deviations or adjustments of routes are also possible.

Highlights:

  • Monument to the defenders of the Slovenian land on Cerje, Fajtji hill, war cemeteries in Temnica, Lipa, Sveto, Komen and Gorjansko; caves: Valska, Krompirjeva, Lojzova, Klobasja, Ruska and Pečinka and monuments in Klanec by Komen and Borojevič’s throne.

Price includes:

  • morning snack
  • lunch
  • farewell snack
  • entrance fees to attractions according to the program
  • travel management and guidance

Route description:

The starting point of our cycling is in the parking lot below the Cerje hill, where there is a Monument to the Defenders of Slovenian Land. We will drive by a cart track along the northern viewing slope of the “Black Hills” near Trstelj and then descend to the village of Temnica, where we find first cemetery of soldiers from World War I and a mini-museum.

Near the next village on our way, Lipa, there are three cemeteries, then another two in the village of Sveto and Komen, the center of the northern Karst, and again two cemeteries in Gorjansko. All these places were already the hinterland of the front, where there were hospitals and, of course, cemeteries …

Of course, in addition to beautifully maintained cemeteries, the trail offers many other beauties. The villages we will cross are one more beautiful than the other and everywhere is full of traditional stone houses with artfully carved building details. Along our way we will pass by Velika griža – one of the best preserved prehistoric hillforts and many other attractions.

After lunch in Gorjansko, we will “move” from the cemeteries to the caves, as we will move from the former hinterland to the front areas. Most of the beautifully stalagmite caves served as effective shelters for soldiers and wounded during the war, for storing food and ammunition supplies, and for various technical and administrative needs. In addition to the spacious natural caves, the soldiers took advantage of every small opening to widen it into a protective cavern. There are dozens of these everywhere on the surrounding slopes.

The cycling will end at the Monument to the Defenders of the Slovenian Land with a tour of the collections and views.
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Overall Tour Level:

Mostly flat terrain, only shorter lower hills are possible.
Slightly hilly terrain, ascents and descents are shorter and technically and undemanding for those who are not fit enough.
Hilly terrain, ascents and descents can also be longer and steeper-
Hilly terrain, ascents and descents can be very long and technically demanding.
Mountainous terrain, very demanding ascents and descents on single tracks, tows or otherwise demanding trails that require a high level of fitness and technical skills.

 EASY: Relaxed cycling, suitable for beginners and families who want cycling experiences. There is a lot of time and opportunities on the way to stop and relax, and the terrain is undemanding in terms of altitude – mostly flat or with gentle slopes. The road surfaces are also undemanding – asphalt or well-paved and smooth gravel. As a rule, the lengths of daily sections do not exceed 35 kilometers.
MEDIUM EASY: Suitable for cyclists with an active lifestyle who cycle regularly. The cycling sections are longer and more demanding in terms of fitness. Medium-demanding terrain can also contain longer and steeper ascents and descents. The lengths of daily sections of mostly road-cycling tours are on average between 45 and 75 kilometers, and touring-cycling tours more than 30 kilometers.
MEDIUM DEMANDING: Suitable for occasional cyclists – mostly undemanding cycling, but some days can also contain longer easy ascents or descents or shorter ascents that are more demanding or descents. The lengths of the daily sections are on average between 25 and 55 kilometers per day.
DEMANDING: Suitable for very active and well-prepared cyclists who want cycling challenges that are more demanding. Medium to very demanding terrains can also contain longer and steeper ascents and descents. The lengths of daily road and cycling sections are on average between 65 and 85 kilometers, while touring cycling sections are correspondingly shorter, but at least more than 40 km.
VERY DEMANDING: The most demanding cycling challenges. Suitable for excellent cyclists with high fitness level for longer cycling tours. These can be either typical road-cycling tours with daily sections longer than 85 kilometers or cycling tours on demanding terrains where the daily sections are shorter, but in any case longer than 50 kilometers and demanding in both height gain and surfaces.


DATE

June 25, 2022


PRICE 

(at least 6 people)

Deadline for applicationsa::

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

More info:

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