By bike to prehistoric hillforts, paths and villages of the north-western Karst

June 18, 2022

CYCLING
UNSPOILED NATURE
LOCAL CUISINE

On this trip, too, everyone coming from the direction of Ljubljana will be able to arrive by train. It is certainly a comfortable, reliable and affordable mode of transport, but at the same time environmentally friendly, especially when we are facing increased energy prices. The so-called “shopping train” departs from Ljubljana early in the morning, but also on the way back we will also use the connections of the Bohinj Railway across the Karst. Of course, they are all cyclist-friendly, equipped with bicycle stands and free of annoying high stairs for lifting bicycles… Those who would not like this solution will be able to get to the railway station in Sežana by their own transport, since it is enough parking space.

For the second part of the route through the hillforts, too, we will make the most of the trails that have been used by the inhabitants of the Karst for centuries. Many of them are still the same as they used to be – surrounded by dry stone fences, to which every winter adds some patina in the form of moss and lichens, and every new spring lush greenery, which embraces them in green shady “tunnels”. In the north-western part of the Karst, we will visit only four hillforts, but again  many charming Karst villages, some of which are barely grain-sized. The red thread will continue to be stone, once stacked in dry masonry fences or shepherd’s huts, secondly scattered in extensive pile of stones as shaped by the ravages of time and thirdly installed and artistically carved on houses and fences of karst homesteads or ready for processing in java, as they were once called quarries.

Of course, we will take advantage of all the opportunities to get to know the autochthonous, local, seasonal and, above all, extremely tasty Karst cuisine, which is still colorfully complemented by the flavors of spring.
Duration:1 day
Total distance: 51 Km
Avg. distance:
Total height:706 m
Bicycle type:trekking, gravel or MTB, e-support recommended
Countries:Slovenia
Begin/End:Sežana railway station
Price (guided / self-guided):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:

  • villages Pliskovica, Kregolišče, Volčji Grad, hillfort Velika Griža, java, dry masonry stone house, villages Gorjansko, Ivanji Grad, Zagrajec, hillfort Birth, village Lipa, hillfort Lipovnik, villages Škrbina and Sveto, hillfort Martinišče, villages Komen, Gabrovica, Kobjeglava, Tupelče, Hruševica

Price includes:

  • morning welcome snack
  • prosciutto tasting
  • lunch
  • farewell dessert
  • travel management and organization

Tour description:

From our starting point at the Sežana railway station, a considerable part of the route will be waiting for us until the first stop in the village of Pliskovica. In Pliskovica we will stop by the village fountain and see the Pergola of European Friendship, and then continue along the forest path to one of the smallest karst villages Kregolišče. Among the dry masonry stone fences, we will continue towards Volčji Grad, where we will stop at a biodynamic farm, where we will refresh ourselves with a snack.

In the immediate vicinity of the village Volčji Grad is one of the best preserved and also the largest hillforts Debela griža. The path through it is called the Stone Path and will continue to lead us to the former quarry – java, as they were once called. We will also pass the dry masonry shepherd’s house and at the end, already in the village of Gorjansko, also past the still living stonecutter.

In the direction of the village Ivanji Grad we will again use cart tracks, which will take us past a piece of Provence – lavender fields, at the end of June already colored in purple tones. In the village of Ivanji grad we will stop at the local church with a beautiful view, from where there will be only a short way to the next hillfort Brith above the village Zagrajec. The prehistoric hillfort with beautifully preserved remains of the walls has changed its use several times throughout history, most recently there was a church with a cemetery, whence the name.

We will continue through the forests to the village of Lipa, from where we will climb the “black hills”, where the Lipnik hillfort once stood. Also in its location, later, in the Middle Ages, the church of St. Catherine with the Way of God was built. From the almost demolished church today, there is a beautiful view of the Karst, the Vipava Valley and beyond.

From St. Catherine’s we descend to the village of Škrbina, where we visit the church and the center of the village and continue along the ancient path to the village of Sveto. The path leads us through the last of the hillforts on our path Martinišče, from which a lot of archeological remains remain in the nearby fields. In the Middle Ages the church of Sv. Miklavž has been built at the hillfort, of which only unrecognizable ruins remain today.

Sveto is one of the most beautiful karst villages, in the center of which is a cemetery from World War I, a huge well (“štirna”l), an interesting octagonal church and a hundred-year-old linden tree with a completely hollow trunk.

Continuing the route, we cycle through the forest past the next military cemetery to Komen, and then through the village of Gabrovica to the Kopriva railway station, from where a local train will take us to Sežana.

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 18, 2022


PRICE 

(at least 6 people)

Deadline for applicationsa::

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

More info:

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