Diverse and scenic forest trail, leading from the picturesque iron forging village Kamna Gorica to the hidden viewpoints and interesting geological formations.
Distance 4.1 km
The history of Kamna Gorica, village hidden deep in the Lipnica valley beneath the Jelovica plateau, is strongly marked by the centuries-old tradition of iron forging. The trailhead of the Kamna Gorica scenic trail can be found in the new part of the village, from where it follows and old cart track leading to the nearby ridge. The path turns left, and leads into a beautiful "dry gorge" of conglomerate walls and monumental boulders. After a short ascent, the trail reaches the first view point, before returning back towards the village. The seconds ascent leads to a small forested plateau with a delightful viewpoint named Zjavka. From the top of this sheer rocky cliff, one can enjoy a wonderful view of the historic blacksmiths village centre and the valley below. On the northern side of the plateau another rocky crag (Ojstra peč) features the view towards the Sava river canyon and the majestic Karavanke mountains in the background.
A wonderful view of the historic village centre of Kamna Gorica can also be enjoyed from the Holy trinity church . Look for the stairs, ascending up from the main village square.
Update: March 09, 2022
Tips and hints
- Extend the hike for a good half an hour, and visit the romantic ruins of the Lipnica Castle. Follow the signpost of The Lipnica Castle Trail, that you will find at the "Mil pogled" viewpoint, walk to the castle, than follow your footsteps back to this point.
- Visit the Sexton's Museum House above Kamna Gorica, and learn about the interesting history of the village and the past life of it's inhabitants.
- Kamna Gorica is not far from Kropa, another historic centre of blacksmith tradition. Visit the Iron Forging Museum, Fovšaritnica Museum House or a particularly interesting demonstration of traditional hand forging of nails in the Vigenc Vice Forge.
Getting thereLeave the A2 motorway at exits No. 4 (Radovljica) or No.3 (Lesce) and drive on the old regional road alongside the motorway. Look for the intersection right in- between Radovljica and Lesce (signpost: Kropa, Radovljica, Lesce) and drive towards a roundabout decorated by a metal sculpture. Drive straight true (take the second exit) and continue towards a railway underpass (signpost: Kropa). Turn left at the second roundabout (signpost: Kropa) and descend down towards river Sava. Cross the bridge and continue straight ahead (uphill) on the main road towards Lipnica Valley. Pass by the village Zgornje Lancovo and Lipnica and continue straight ahead on the main road towards Kropa. Reaaching Kamna Gorica, turn right at the second crossroads and follow the road leading into the village.
ParkingIf you don't mind a bit longer walk, you can park at the parking space in front of the village (on the right hand side of the road). Otherwise look for a parking space near the sports playground or in front of the shop or post office.
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