Lesce - Vrba - Begunje - Lesce
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This circular walk through the Radovljica countryside leads across fields from Lesce to Vrba – the birthplace of Slovenia's greatest poet, France Prešern – and then onwards to Begunje na Gorenjskem, where you can see the cultural attractions of the village centre. In Vrba you can visit Prešern's birthhouse and the village centre, while in Begunje na Gorenjskem there are two small works by the architect Jože Plečnik as well as the Katzenstein Mansion and the Avsenik Museum.
It takes around four hours to walk the 16km-long route, however, we recommend that you allow more time to visit the museums and cultural monuments along the way. Throughout the walk you will be accompanied by beautiful views of the Julian Alps and the Karavanke mountains, and you will also see the authentic Gorenjska landscape with fields of crops, meadows, orchards and apiaries.
The route has been designed such that it is also suitable for cycling.
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The route begins from the bus/railway station in Lesce. Set off along the road that leads slightly upwards from the railway station to a junction. Cross the road and take the steps upwards towards Lesce church; if you are following the route by bike then at the aforementioned junction continue straight ahead and turn right at the next junction towards the church. Walk through the cemetery adjoining the church, then leave the cemetery on the northern side and continue left towards the crossing with the main road Lesce - Hraše. Turn right and continue towards a roundabout featuring an interesting sculpture of a dragon, which is made from scrap iron. Cross the roundabout then continue on the pavement, and later along the verge of the road, to reach the village of Hraše.
On reaching Hraše following the signs for Studenčice. The route leads along the local road through the village to reach the modest village church of St. Florian, which has a fresco of St. Christopher on the exterior. St. Christopher is regarded as the patron of travellers and drivers, therefore his image always appears on the exterior, and thus travellers passing the church asked the saint to grant them luck on their journey. From the church the road turns into a gravel track and leads between picturesque fields with views towards Slovenia's highest mountain, Triglav, and the Karavanke mountains. On reaching a shrine and a somewhat wider gravel road, the so-called Cesarska cesta (Emperor's road), turn sharp left and take the path in a diagonal direction across meadows to reach the village of Vrba. On reaching the village turn left to visit the village centre with its prominent linden tree, while a visit to Prešern's birthhouse is recommended. You can also see a statue of the poet, which stands at the entrance to the village from the opposite side, then return on a path through fields past St. Mark's church.
After visiting the museum, you have the option of extending the route by walking (or cycling) along the 10km-long Path of Cultural Heritage, which links the birthhouses of France Prešern with those of Matija Čop in Žirovnica, Fran Saleški Finžgar in Doslovče, and Janez Jalen in Rodine. If you do not choose this option, then follow the suggested route above from Vrba past St. Mark's church to return to the shrine on the so-called Cesarska cesta (Emperor's road).
The Emperor's road leads along the route of its predecessor, Karlova cesta (Karl's road), which linked Ljubljana and Villach as far back as in the 16th century. Continue along the road in an easterly direction (to the right) towards Begunje na Gorenjskem. The route leads through picturesque countryside all the way to the Lesce-Begunje road where, at the junction where a path from the village of Hlebce joins the dirt track, turn left towards the village of Poljče. Cross the local road and continue on the dirt track to the main Žirovnica-Begunje road. On reaching the road turn left and cross the road to reach the new information board in the centre of the village of Poljče. Behind this board there is a narrow road that leads to the right and slightly upwards between farm buildings towards Begunje na Gorenjskem. After a walk of a few minutes along the edge of the wide meadow you reach the centre of the village. At the junction of paths in front of the fire station, look for the signpost to the Lamberg Trail (Lambergova pot), which leads via an orchard into the park of the Katzenstein Mansion.
At the end of the orchard turn left and follow the path that leads slightly upwards above the pasture leading to the first of Plečnik's works in Begunje – the Jožamurka pavilion. Continue to the Brezjanka summerhouse, then turn left. To the left you pass a graveyard of hostages, then walk past the Katzenstein Mansion to reach the main road.
On reaching the main road turn right towards St. Urh's church and then continue on the pavement through the village to the Avsenik Museum, which is located opposite the bus station and the Begunje Tourist Information Centre – the latter is open during the summer months. Take the narrow road that leads between the Avsenik restaurant (Pr' Jožovcu) and the cemetery. At the junction turn right and continue ahead, slightly to the right, until you cross the Blatnica stream. On the other side of the stream take the left fork in the road, which leads past old homesteads. When the roads meets another road joining from the right and you see a gas storage facility (a yellow building with a high fence), look for a narrow street on the opposite side of the road that leads between houses towards a meadow. The street soon turns into a track and leads to the junction of the Emperor's road and the main Lesce-Begunje road. From here cross the road in the direction of Lesce and then after just a few metres turn onto a dirt track and follow it straight ahead. Turn right at the end of the track and follow the path to reach Lesce Sports Airfield. From the airfield continue on the tarmac road to the junction of the main Lesce-Begunje road, then turn left and walk on the pavement back towards Lesce. Return to the start point via the outward route, i.e. past the church, down the steps, cross the road at the junction, and down the road back to the railway station.
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