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.
Distance 9.6 km
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.
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.
Update: December 27, 2021
Safety informationIn 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.
- Britof: Okrepčevalnica Britof
- Melinki: Museum collection of Franc Jerončič
- Lig: Marijino Celje Pilgrimage Centre (temple)
Connecting Path of the Three Temples
Getting thereDrive 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.
ParkingParking is available at the parking lot next to the Okrepčevalnica Britof restaurant.
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EquipmentCycling equipment. Basic bicycle and tyre repair tool kit, spare tyre and air pump.
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