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Circular cycling tour along the Soča River past the village of Drežnica to the village of Trnovo ob Soči

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  • Drežnica
    / Drežnica
    Photo: Tomo Jeseničnik, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • Drežnica
    / Drežnica
    Photo: Tomo Jeseničnik, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • Drežnica
    / Drežnica
    Photo: Janez Pukšič, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • Botognice museum collection
    / Botognice museum collection
    Photo: Maja Ivančič, Kärnten Werbung GmbH - AlpeAdriaTrail
  • Cycling, Napoleon's Bridge across the Soča River
    / Cycling, Napoleon's Bridge across the Soča River
    Photo: Uroš Svigelj, CC BY, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • Footbridge across the Soča River, Trnovo ob Soči
    / Footbridge across the Soča River, Trnovo ob Soči
    Photo: Jošt Gantar, Turizem Dolina Soce
Map / Circular cycling tour along the Soča River past the village of Drežnica to the village of Trnovo ob Soči
150 300 450 600 750 m km 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 Die Napoleon-Brücke Botognice museum collection

A short non-demanding varied tour through the ravines of the Kobarid and Trnovo ob Soči areas. This tour starts in the town of Kobarid and continues past the picturesque Napoleon’s Bridge across the Soča River to the village of Drežnica.
open
moderate
19.4 km
2:48 h
370 m
391 m
This easy circular cycling tour is also appropriate for families with older children. It is also pleasant during the summer months because the major part of the tour is routed along shady sections (except for the ascent to the village of Drežnica). 

The starting ascent to the village of Drežnica is the most difficult because you have to overcome an altitude difference of 300 metres in just 5 kilometres. From the village of Magozd to the village of Trnovo ob Soči, there is a two-track gravel trail routed through the forest. During the summer months you can refresh yourself in Kamp Trnovo which you come across along this cycling tour.  

From the village of Trnovo ob Soči you cycle along the main road to the turn for the Otona Pool. At the Otona Pool (entry point for kayakers in direction towards the town of Kobarid) turn to the left and continue along the gravel road leading past Kamp Lazar back to the starting point.

During the summer months, there is a Hop On Hop Off shuttle bus running to the village of Drežnica which provides free-of-charge transportation of bicycles. By taking the bus during the hottest months you shorten the tour and avoid the difficult ascent (recommended for families). 

Author’s recommendation

If you are not a fan of steep ascents you can make the tour in the opposite direction. Cycle past Kamp Lazar to the village of Trnovo ob Soči and continue across the bridge to the right towards the village of Magozd and back to the town of Kobarid.
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Author
Andreja Jurkovic
Updated: March 21, 2019

Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
529 m
Lowest point
219 m
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Rest Stop

Restaurant Camp Lazar
Kamp Trnovo**

Safety information

This tour is not demanding. The main road Bovec – Kobarid requires caution during the summer months due to the increased traffic volume. 

Equipment

Trekking bicycle and a cycling helmet.

Tips, hints and links

You can stop in the village of Drežnica and visit the Batognica Private Museum Collection.

During the summer months, there is a Hop On Hop Off shuttle bus running to the village of Drežnica which provides free-of-charge transportation of bicycles. By taking the bus during the hottest months you shorten the tour and avoid the difficult ascent. 

Shuttle bus timetable: www.dolina-soce.si.

Start

Centre of Kobarid, in front of the Tourist information centre Kobarid (238 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.247647, 13.579132
UTM
33T 390471 5122544

Destination

Centre of Kobarid, in front of the Tourist information centre Kobarid

Turn-by-turn directions

The ascent to the village of Drežnica represents the most difficult section of the tour. Previous sections of the tour are also appropriate for road cyclists. If you use a mountain bike, turn to the left in front of the village of Drežnica and continue to the village of Magozd from where you cycle along a gently descending gravel road to the village of Trnovo ob Soči. Continue across the bridge to the main road and turn to the right towards the town of Kobarid. Leave the main road at the Otona Pool (entry point for kayakers in direction towards the town of Kobarid) where you turn to the left and continue along the gravel road leading back to the starting point.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

You can get to the town of Kobarid by bus from the direction of Ljubljana, Nova Gorica and Bovec.

Timetable: www.ap-ljubljana.si.

Getting there

From Nova Gorica: Nova Gorica - Kanal - Tolmin - Kobarid.

From Ljubljana: Ljubljana - Idrija - Tolmin - Kobarid.

From Bled/Bohinj: Bled - Bohinjska Bistrica - Soriška planina - Podbrdo - Tolmin - Kobarid.

From Kranjska Gora: Kranjska Gora - Bovec - Kobarid. 

Parking

Parking is available at the parking lot in the centre of Kobarid in the vicinity of the Kobarid Community Centre. Payable parking is available at the Napoleon’s Bridge across the Soča River which fills up quickly during the main season. Parking is also available in the vicinity of the cemetery. All parking lots are marked in the Kobarid Historical Trail leaflet.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Local brochure Drežnica.

Author’s map recommendations

Tourist and Bike map (Kobarid - Nadiške doline - Tolmin) scale: 1 : 55.000 (point of sell: Tourist info centre Kobarid).

Recommended maps for this region:

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Status
open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
19.4 km
Duration
2:48 h
Ascent
370 m
Descent
391 m
Public transport friendly Loop Scenic With refreshment stops Family friendly Cultural/historical value Botanical highlights

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