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Cycling to the Polog Mountain pasture

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  • Polog Mountain pasture
    / Polog Mountain pasture
    Photo: Mija Kokošin, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Forest road towards the Polog Mountain pasture
    Photo: Mija Kokošin, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Medicinal spring Laborca along the road to the Polog Mountain pasture
    Photo: Mija Kokošin, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Road towards the Javorca Platoue (left) and the road towards the Polog Mountain pasture (right)
    Photo: Mija Kokošin, Turizem Dolina Soce
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This nice family panorama tour from the town of Tolmin is routed through the forest, where you are accompanied by the rippling of the Tolminka River, to the Polog Mountain pasture where you can enjoy in splendid views of the surrounding mountains.
easy
Distance 18.4 km
3:19 h
586 m
586 m
Drive along the local road from the town of Tolmin to the village of Zatolmin where you start following the signs for the Javorca Plateau and the Polog Mountain pasture. Along the trail you can enjoy in wonderful views of the town of Tolmin and its surrounding area. When you arrive to the Church of St. Peter you enter into the wider area of the Triglav National Park. From here, continue for approximately seven kilometres along an undemanding gently ascending forest road which offers pleasant shadow during the summer months. Just behind the Laborca Spring, where you can quench your thirst with medicinal water, splendid views open towards the surrounding mountains. You soon arrive to the junction where you can turn to the left in order to visit the memorial Church of the Holy Spirit in Javorca. Because the road to the church is very steep we recommend you to leave your bicycle at the parking lot and get to the church on foot. Otherwise, continue straight ahead. If you pay attention, you will notice the remnants of military bunkers from the period between World War I and World War II after less than two kilometres of cycling. The trail will then immediately bring you to the lowest mountain pasture of the upper Soča Valley. On your return to the town of Tolmin you can stop in the village of Zatolmin and refresh yourself in the Gostilna Zatolmin Restaurant.

Author’s recommendation

You can also take a circular trail to the source of the Tolminka River and return across the Prode Mountain pasture where you have the chance to visit the megalithic circle in the immediate vicinity of the Polog Mountain pasture.
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Author
Mija Kokošin
Update: July 30, 2019
Difficulty
easy
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
460 m
Lowest point
197 m
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Tips and hints

The Polog Mountain pasture used to be a military settlement during World War I and the rear of the Austro-Hungarian troops. During the period between World War I and World War II the Italian soldiers built several concrete bunkers whose remnants can still be seen today in the vicinity of the present mountain pasture.

Start

Tolmin (196 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.182773, 13.732982
DMS
46°10'58.0"N 13°43'58.7"E
UTM
33T 402215 5115135
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Destination

Polog Mountain pasture

Turn-by-turn directions

If you drive along the main road Ljubljana – Kobarid, turn to the right at the main intersection in the town of Tolmin and continue straight ahead for another two kilometres along the local road. When you arrive to the village of Zatolmin you can notice signposts immediately behind the Gostilna Zatolmin Restaurant. After you turn towards the Javorca Plateau, start ascending along the hairpin road until you arrive to the Church of St. Peter after approximately one kilometre. From here on, continue along a gravel road which levels up after a while. Continue for another seven kilometres along a partially paved ascending and descending forest road. When you exit the forest, descend shortly to the junction for the Javorca Plateau and the Polog Mountain pasture. When you arrive to the junction, continue straight ahead until you arrive to your destination after approximately two kilometres. Return along the same road.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Train: Daily lines to Ljubljana, Bohinjska Bistrica and Nova Gorica. If you arrive by train, your tour starts and ends in the village of Most na Soči.

Timetable: https://www.slo-zeleznice.si/sl/potniki/vozni-redi.

Getting there

From Nova Gorica: Nova Gorica - Kanal - Tolmin.

 

From Ljubljana: Ljubljana - Idrija - Tolmin.

 

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

 

From Bovec: Bovec - Kobarid - Tolmin.

Parking

Free parking is available at the gravel parking lot behind the Tolmin Cinema next to the Brajda Sports Park.

Coordinates

DD
46.182773, 13.732982
DMS
46°10'58.0"N 13°43'58.7"E
UTM
33T 402215 5115135
w3w 
///mulled.jogged.remotes
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Helmet, sporting equipment.

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
18.4 km
Duration
3:19 h
Ascent
586 m
Descent
586 m
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