A wonderful cycling tour that will take you across the Jelovica plateau to its eastern part.
Distance 27.6 km
Highest point1,147 m
Lowest point409 m
Along the way, you will cycle through the village of Dražgoše, which was hit hard by World War II, and the cradles of Slovenian blacksmithing, the villages of Kropa and Kamna Gorica. You will finish your cycling in the beautiful medieval centre of Radovljica, which is also the birthplace of the greatest Slovenian playwright Anton Tomaž Linhart.
The Jelovica route runs mostly on unpaved forest roads. Forestry machinery can be found on these roads, so caution is advised when cycling.
IMPORTANT: The Jelovica Plateau is criss-crossed with forest roads, skidding trails, crossroad and spurs and is difficult to navigate. For easier orientation, we recommend using the GPS track on your phone or navigation device and a map with the routes plotted on it.
Forest hut Rovtarica (Jelovica) (1,080 m)
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The tour starts at the Rovtarica forestry hut on Jelovica. At the crossroad turn right (direction Železniki, Škofja Loka). The trail climbs gently for a while on a nice macadam then starts to descend at the sign Škofja Loka 24, where you turn left. While descending, follow the main unpaved road all the way and after about 3 km turn sharp left in the direction of Dražgoše. You are 4 km away from the village, which is also pointed out by a signpost. Continue descending and soon cross a stream (concrete bridge). Here the path ascends slightly and then descends gently again. Soon you leave the forest and a beautiful view of the village of Dražgoše and the Škofja Loka hills opens up in front of you. Enter the village and follow the road leading between the farms all the way to the regional road connecting Železnike with Jamnik. Turn left here and after 100m you will reach the Dražgoše Battle Monument (on the right). Continue along the road, which climbs gently and between the houses follow the signs Jamnik, Kropa. Stay on the main road, which alternately ascends and descends. After a few kilometres, we reach the village of Jamnik and in the distance you can admire the idyllic view of the Church of St. Primož and a good part of Gorenjska with the Karavanke and Kamniško-Savinja Alps. Here you start the beautiful descent towards the village of Kropa. If you have time, we recommend a visit to Slovenska peč or the Blacksmith Museum. At the bridge over the Kroparica River, stay on its left bank and continue your journey between picturesque and imposing houses. The road soon starts to descend and after a few minutes you will pass the swimming pool (on the right) to the crossroad in Lipnica, where you turn left (direction Kamna Gorica, Radovljica). Continue along the main road as far as Kamna Gorica, where you turn left at the Mlin Inn into a compacted part of the village. In Kamna Gorica, you will also see the wonderful blacksmith heritage and buildings related to blacksmithing. When you get to the home of the local residents, turn right and after a few dozen metres cross the main road at the sports ground. Soon the asphalt is replaced by macadam (a small campsite on the right) and you continue straight on towards Fuksova brv (Fuks’ Footbridge). The beautiful trail descends and soon you reach a footbridge over the longest Slovenian river - the Sava. Cross it and then turn right, passing a waste collection point, and continue on a gentle ascent along the asphalt road. Caution is needed here as the road is also used by lorries. When you pass under the railway line, turn left onto the unpaved road and follow the path that leads you to the first houses in Radovlijca. Turn right up the road and then left onto Ljubljanska cesta. After a few hundred metres, turn left again down Gubčeva Street. After the descent, there is a steep and short climb that leads to the edge of the old town centre (the park is on our right). Continue straight ahead to a small roundabout where you turn left into the old town centre. After 50m you will reach the Radovljica TIC, which is on your left.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Technically flawless bike (road bike, gravel bike, mountain bike or e-MTB)
Helmet, gloves, sunglasses
Food and beverages in the backpack (refreshment is possible at the end point)