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Mt. Kolovrat, along the panoramic road with views of the Soča Valley

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  • Road from the village of Livek to the village of Livške Ravne
    Road from the village of Livek to the village of Livške Ravne
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
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The road leading along the ridge of Mt. Kolovrat is quite panoramic and offers splendid views of the Soča Valley and the Julian Alps. Its added value is the outdoor museum which is well worth visiting.
difficult
Distance 40 km
5:27 h
1,061 m
1,041 m
1,165 m
163 m

From the town of Kobarid cycle to the village of Idrsko (in direction of Tolmin) where you start ascending along a five-kilometre-long ascent to the village of Livek. From the village of Livek to the village of Livške Ravne you have to overcome another three-kilometre-long ascent along a slightly worse paved road. Continue following the signs for Mt. Kolovrat. From the village of Livške Ravne there is a paved road routed along the ridge of Mt. Kolovrat which truly deserves the name "panoramic".

You cycle past the outdoor museum which deserves a visit and a walk along the trails connecting numerous World War I trenches and shafts. At the sightseeing point above the museum you can enjoy in marvellous views of the Soča Valley on one side of the ridge and of the Region of Veneto on the other.

You continue along the descent to the Solarje Mountain pass and further to the village of Volče. Here, you can decide which bank of the Soča River you would like to cycle along. The road along the left bank of river is less busy. In the centre of the town of Tolmin follow the sign for the town of Kobarid. Cycle through the villages to the Napoleon’s Bridge across the Soča River and continue towards the starting point.

Author’s recommendation

You can avoid the eight-kilometre-long ascent to the village of Livške Ravne by taking the shuttle bus Hop On Hop Off (July, August): schedule.

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Ksenija Vogrinc
Update: August 03, 2021
Difficulty
difficult
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,165 m
Lowest point
163 m
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Track types

Forested/wild trail 1.27%Road 72.72%Unknown 25.99%
Forested/wild trail
0.5 km
Road
29.1 km
Unknown
10.4 km
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Safety information

Because the road is routed past the outdoor museum which is well-visited during the summer you have to be cautious and obey traffic regulations.

Tips and hints

When you cycle past the Kolovrat Outdoor museum you can leave your bicycle at the museum’s parking lot and walk along the nicely renovated military positions from World War I. At the rising ground called Klabuk (one of the rising grounds along the Kobarid historical trail), views open towards the beautiful rounded hills in the Region of Veneto.

Start

Kobarid (219 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.241542, 13.583005
DMS
46°14'29.6"N 13°34'58.8"E
UTM
33T 390757 5121860
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Destination

Kolovrat

Turn-by-turn directions

Cycle along the regional road Kobarid - Tolmin and turn to the right in the village of Idrsko towards the village of Livek. In the village of Livek turn to the left towards the village of Livške Ravne and the Kolovrat Outdoor museum. The road is gradually ascending most of the way (approx. 8 km). Along the slope of Mt. Kolovrat you cycle along the panoramic road (paved) with splendid views of the Soča Valley and the summits of the Julian Alps. The road descends from the outdoor museum to the Solarje Mountain pass and further to the village of Volče.

In the village of Volče you can decide to:

- cycle along the busy regional road Tolmin - Kobarid,

- cycle to the town of Tolmin and continue along the less busy road Tolmin - Kobarid (left bank of the Soča River) through several small villages to the Napoleon’s Bridge across the Soča River in front of the town of Kobarid.

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Public transport

You can also get to the town of Kobarid by public transport from the town of Tolmin or Nova Gorica.

Getting there

You can get to the town of Kobarid from the north (Vršič/Predel Mountain Pass, Bovec), south (Tolmin, Nova Gorica) or west (Cividale, Robič).

Parking

Parking is available at several parking lots in the town. According to the tour, I recommend you to use the parking lot next to the Planika Kobarid Dairy.

Coordinates

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46.241542, 13.583005
DMS
46°14'29.6"N 13°34'58.8"E
UTM
33T 390757 5121860
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Equipment

The tour runs along a paved road which is also appropriate for trekking bicycles.

Questions and answers

Question from Marie-Luise Pfeiffer · March 24, 2021 · Community
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Answered by Alenka Rutar · March 25, 2021 · Turizem Dolina Soce

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
40 km
Duration
5:27 h
Ascent
1,061 m
Descent
1,041 m
Highest point
1,165 m
Lowest point
163 m
Circular route Scenic Cultural/historical interest

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