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Family cycling tour along the bordering Idrija River

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  • Britof with the Church of St. Cantianus
    Britof with the Church of St. Cantianus
    Photo: Andreja Križnič, Turizem Dolina Soce
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Short and undemanding circular family appropriate cycling tour. This tour will take you along the forgotten valley of the bordering Idrija River which is renowned for its crystal clear pools, tranquillity and nature. You will cycle along an unbusy road on the Slovenian side and return along the Italian side of the valley.
easy
Distance 9.6 km
1:10 h
162 m
162 m
265 m
159 m
Start the tour in the hamlet of Britof next to the Okrepčevalnica Britof restaurant and descend to the intersection for the village of Golo Brdo. All along the trail you will be able to enjoy in splendid views of the crystal clear pools of the Idrija River below. Stop at an appropriate spot and take a walk to the riverbed. Continue along a gentle descent past the numerous riverbeds of torrential streams to the hamlet of Mišček. On the Slovenian side of the valley you will mainly find the remnants of old farms and the frontier guardhouse. Cross the Idrija River and cycle along the Italian side of the valley through several tidy hamlets and return along the paved road back to your starting point. You will find the finest part of Britof surrounding the Church of St. Cantianus with Late Gothic architecture. The warm air flowing from the Friuli lowlands makes this area very appropriate for growing chestnuts, however, there are only a few locals still living here. You can take a rest and refresh yourself with good food at the Okrepčevalnica Britof restaurant.

Author’s recommendation

During the summer months we recommend you to start the tour early in the morning when it is cooler and to end it before the afternoon heat. Especially in hot summer days you should bring a sufficient amount of water. This tour is appropriate for mountain bikes, trekking bikes and e-bicycles. If you would like to discover the rich history of these nowadays pretty abandoned places you have to turn your car on the road between Lig and Britof to the village of Melinki where you will find a truly rich ethnological-carving collection of Franc Jerončič showing how people used to live here in the past, events during World War I and the numerous carving creations by Franc Jerončič. On your return you can stop in Lig and visit the renowned Marijino Celje Pilgrimage centre. You can find this church with a fine viewpoint on the top of the hill above the village. This church is one of the three pilgrimage centres on the Path of the Three temples.
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Andreja Križnič
Update: December 27, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
265 m
Lowest point
159 m
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Safety information

In dry conditions the road is easily drivable in all seasons. Special caution is advisable if you take the tour with children.

Tips and hints

You can find the closest bicycle service in the town of Solkan.

Catering services along the tour

   - Britof: Okrepčevalnica Britof

Cultural and natural sights along the tour:

   - Melinki: Museum collection of Franc Jerončič

Sacral heritage along the tour:

   - Lig: Marijino Celje Pilgrimage Centre (temple)

Other sights:

Connecting Path of the Three Temples

Start

Britof (264 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.098785, 13.586734
DMS
46°05'55.6"N 13°35'12.2"E
UTM
33T 390762 5105994
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Destination

Valley of the Idrija River

Turn-by-turn directions

Start your cycling tour in the hamlet of Britof. Descend from the restaurant until you reach the intersection where you have to turn towards the village of Golo Brdo. You will cycle along a paved road which will soon turn into a gravel road along which you will gently descend to the hamlet of Mišček. When you reach the hamlet, turn right past the former frontier guardhouse and cross the bridge across the river. Continue along the paved road on the Italian side of the valley past the abandoned buildings back to the Slovenian side of the valley and ascend to the village of Britof.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

There is no public transportation available to the starting point.

Getting there

Drive along the main road Nova Gorica–Tolmin or Most na Soči to the town of Kanal and further to the villages of Lig and Britof.

Parking

Parking is available at the parking lot next to the Okrepčevalnica Britof restaurant.

Coordinates

DD
46.098785, 13.586734
DMS
46°05'55.6"N 13°35'12.2"E
UTM
33T 390762 5105994
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Equipment

Cycling equipment. Basic bicycle and tyre repair tool kit, spare tyre and air pump.

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
9.6 km
Duration
1:10 h
Ascent
162 m
Descent
162 m
Highest point
265 m
Lowest point
159 m
Circular route Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest

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