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POREZEN (1630m)

Porezen (1630m) is the highest peak of the Cerkno hills with a magnificent view on the surrounding hills. The slopes on the south and west side are rich with mountain flowers, while the northern and eastern slopes are covered with forests. On the top of the hill are the remains of a maze of underground tunnels that connect the forts on the north and east side of Porezen. The forts used to be the part of the Italian system of forts called Alpine wall (Vallo Alpino), built by Italians before the second world war on the border line with Yugoslavia Kingdom.

Description:

We will start from the main square in Cerkno and go towards the village Labinje. The path will take us past the monument to the fallen in partisan school in 1944. We will stop by the monument to take a look at the Cerkno basin. We will continue to the ruin of an old miners’ church from Middle Age. After a short break we will cross the village Labinje with a magnificent view to the surrounding hills Črni vrh, Kladje, Kojca, etc. Across meadows and forests we will climb up to a so called place Labinjske Lehe. From there on a climb awaits us to Medrce and on the slopes to the top of Porezen. On the top of it there is a monument to the fallen in 2nd World War. Right below the top there is a cosy cottage of mountaineering society of Cerkno, where we will be served with excellent local food. In the afternoon hours we will move on towards Medrce and taking the easier path to Poče, which is situated right below the Porezen. A van will wait for us there to take us back to Cerkno.

Difficulty:

Easy tour (approximately 7 hours)

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KOJCA (1303m)

Cerkno hills are slightly desolated from frequently visited mountains of Slovenia. Kojca is one of the most important mountains in this area. It is situated on the south of Porezen, from where you have the best view of it. It can be seen also from the peaks of the Spodnje Bohinjske gore. Kojca’s peak offers you a magnificent view on the Cerkno hills and on the mountains from Črna prst to Krn.

Description:

From Cerkno we will drive to Zakojca. At the Pr Flandru tourist farm we will take the road to the pass Vrh Ravni. On the way we will admire the neat local farms and the view of the nearby and more distant peaks. We will take a cart track to the Vrh Ravni and slowly we will reach a steep path that will take us past the small brook to the pleasant resting place called Lipnje, where we will make a short rest. From there on we will cross the steep slopes and climb through the forest to the meadow slopes. A beautiful panoramic view will accompany us on our walk to the top. We will take the same path to get down from the Kojca’s peak, but only to the crossing, where we will take the direction towards Zakojca village. In Zakojca we will be served a local food meal. A tourist guide will join us in the afternoon in order to take us on a guided tour of the France Bevk’s homestead. After the tour we will drive back to Cerkno.

Difficulty:

Easy tour, (approximately 4 hours)

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KOPA (1360m)

Kopa is a slightly less known peak, located in the village Gorenji Novaki. Its magnificence is notable even from afar, when we visit the nearby peaks that surround it or when we decide to explore Novaki, a real discovery for every hiker.

Description:

We will start from the main square in Cerkno and go towards the village Labinje. The path will take us past the monument to the fallen in partisan school in 1944. We will stop by the monument to take a look at the Cerkno basin. We will continue to the ruin of an old miners’ church from Middle Age. After a short break we will cross the village Labinje with a magnificent view to the surrounding hills Črni vrh, Kladje, Kojca, etc. Across meadows and forests we will climb up to a so called place Labinjske Lehe and on to Medrce. We will climb up to Kopa. After a longer break we will continue towards the crossline that divides Littoral and Carniola region. The path will take us past the Mali Njivč mountain ridge to the Franja Partisan Hospital. A tourist guide will be waiting for us to take us on a tour of the hospital. After the tour we will take the path that was used during the 2nd World war to transfer the wounded to the hospital. Finally we will reach the Gačnik guesthouse, where we will be served with local food. Afterwards we will drive back to Cerkno.

Difficulty:

Easy tour, (approximately 9 hours)

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ŠKOFJE (974m) in BEVKOV VRH (1051m)

Škofje is a (973m) high peak, located above the villages Čeplez, Planina pri Cerknem in Podpleče. There is a smaller concrete pillar on the top. The peak is covered with woods, but from the grassy ridge, just a step below the top, a magnificent view opens of Porezen, Kojca, a part of Spodnje Bohinjske gore and of the peaks of the Škofjeloško and Cerkno hills.

Description:

We will leave the main square and go past the St. Ana’s church towards the village Planina. Planina is the only village of Cerkljansko area, whose name hasn’t changed during the centuries. We will admire the houses and neatly cultivated meadows, as the local people are mostly engaged with agriculture, wood and metal industry and with agritourism. We will reach Vrhulce and take the crest towards the peak of Škofje. A concrete pillar will await for us on the top along with the beautiful view of Porezen, Blegoš, Lašje and of some farms towards Ermanovec. We will leave towards the pass Kladje. The path will take us past the stone table with chiselled year 1797 in it, which marks the first arrival of French troops on our territory. We will soon reach the pass, where we will continue towards the Bevkov peak. The route runs mostly across the meadows. We will reach the Ravan’s farm and climb to Bevkov peak, that will offer us an impressive view of the Julian Alps. We will return to the Ravan’s farm, where they make excellent dairy products. We will drive back down towards Cerkno and stop for a delicious home-made meal at the Grapar’s tourist farm.

Difficulty:

Easy tour, (approximately 5 hours)

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LAJŠE (882m)

Veliki vrh is an almost (900m) high altitude, that rises on the South of Cerkno. On the top of it there are a few television and radio transmitters that cover the Cerkno basin and surrounding villages. The top offers a stunning view of Porezen and Škofje, the view of the other sides, however, is impeded by the bushes and woods.

Description:

We will take a ride from the main square of Cerkno to Želin. We will head towards the Straža peak and take a look of the St. Paul’s church on our way. After the visit to the church we will cross the woods and walk to the Zaganjalka stream.  It is an interesting karstic phenomenon, which is characterized by changing the flow of water. When the flow is normal, it takes seven minutes before the water almost dries-up and re-emerges from the depths. We will head back to the cart track and continue to Lajše or Veliki Vrh, as it is named by the locals.  On the top we will admire the monument to the fallen in 2nd World War, a small chapel of the fallen and a shooting range, used by the regional association of the veterans of Slovenia. Lajše is also known for the lilies of the valley, which can be used for treatments of the heart, but it has to be prescribed by a doctor. We will head towards Kladje, where runs the border line between Littoral and Carniola region. We will drive back down to the Grapar tourist farm, where we will be served home-made food. After the visit to the farm we will head back to Cerkno.

Difficulty:

Easy tour, (approximately 4 hours)

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ŠEBRELJE (693m) in JAGRŠČE (658m)

Šebrelje settlement is located on the Šebrelje plateau above a sharp meander of river Idrijca. The main part of the village extents from the St. Ivan’s church on the south and divides into Dolenja vas (Lower village), Srednja vas (Middle village) and Gorenja vas (Upper village). The area was already inhabited during the Würm glaciation as evidenced by the archaeological findings in the nearby Archaelogical park Divje babe, located below the St. Ivan’s church. The area is popular for cycling trips and for a culinary specialty – Šebreljski stomach, which gained the IGP protection. The village Jagršče lies on the ridge between the valleys of Otuška stream and Sevnica stream. The main charachteristic of the village is the St. Uršula church. In 1907 the settlement had a primary school, which was abolished in 1969.

Description:

We will take a ride from the main square in Cerkno towards the village Reka, which is located between Idrija and Tolmin, and continue towards the St. Ivan’s church, which is standing on the Šebrelje plateau. A tourist guide will wait for us there to show us the Archaelogical park Divje babe, where the famous Neanderthal flute has been found in one of its caves. The path will take us on to the village Šebrelje, where you will have the chance to taste so called Šebreljski stomach, known as a specialty in this area. The path will lead us through the entire village and then it will descend to Sevnica, past the Kašper farm. We will walk mostly through the forests and neatly cultivated meadows. Right before the village Jagršče another climb awaits us. We will visit the St. Uršula’s church in the village Jagršče. After the tour we will drive to the Želinc tourist farm and be served with home-made food. We will take a ride back to Cerkno afterwards.

Difficulty:

Easy tour, (approximately 4 hours)

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ZAKOJŠKA GRAPA

The path that goes from Zakojca through Zakojška grapa is a forest path that is not marked and not taken care of. However, there are many natural and cultural values by it as the waterfalls, a mill, a wooden water tank, etc. There are also many mountain farms in decay by the path.

Description:

We will leave the main square and drive to the village Zakojca. We will continue towards Zakojška grapa and admire on our way the waterfalls and farms in decay. We will walk on the paths that are not marked or taken care of, so you will feel the untouched nature. We will continue towards the Otavnik mountain. We will take a longer break; we will observe the highest peaks of Cerkno hills. A shepherd will wait for us in the shepherd’s hut to show us what does the everyday life look like during the pasture season. We will head towards the pass on the top of Raven and back to the village Zakojca, where we will be served with local farm food at the Pr Flandru tourist farm. A tourist guide will take us on a tour of Bevk’s homestead. After the tour we will drive back to Cerkno.

Difficulty:

Difficult tour, (Approximately 8 hours)

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A THREE DAYS ADVENTURE OF THE CERKNO HILLS

Cerkno area, including the Cerkno hills, is a Slovenian geographic region located in the surroundings of the river Idrijca. It is classified in the group of subalpine hills. On the east and north it borders with Škofjeloško hills, on the northwest with Baška grapa, on the south, however, it turns into Idrija hills and Šentviška gora. The highest peak of Cerkno hills is Porezen (1630 m of altitude).

Description:

Day 1:

We will leave the main square of Cerkno and head towards Črni vrh, where a ski run is located in winter time. We will walk through the village Labinje and then to Dolenji Novaki, where we will meet a tourist guide that will take us on a tour of Franja Partisan Hospital. After the tour we will go towards Gorenji Novaki on Črni vrh, where we will have dinner and spend the night in the apartment of Hotel Cerkno. (Approximately 8 hours)

Day 2:

From Črni vrh we will head towards Porezen. We will walk past the crossline to Kopa, (1360m) high hill, and past the shepherd’s hut to the top of Porezen. After a longer break we will continue to Zakojca village. A tourist guide will meet us there to take us on a tour of Bevk’s homestead. After the tour we will have dinner and stay for the night at the Pr Flandru tourist farm. (Approximately 7 hours)

Day 3:

We will leave Zakojca and go to the top of Kojca (1303m) and then towards the Rodne peak (698m). We will descend to the village Reka and continue to the entrance of Divje babe. A tourist guide will wait for us to show us the Archaelogical park, where a Neanderthal flute was found. After the guided tour we will head back to the starting point, village Reka, and drive to the tourist farm Pr Želincu, where we will be served home-made food. Afterwards we will drive back to the main square of Cerkno. (Approximately 6 hours)

Difficulty:

Easy tour

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