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Čelo Fortress Trail

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  • A perfect location to view the valley
    / A perfect location to view the valley
    Photo: Trever Swelland, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Mount Svinjak
    Photo: Trever Swelland, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / The fortress facing Rombon
    Photo: Trever Swelland, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Built in 1915
    Photo: Trever Swelland, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Fortress guardians
    Photo: Trever Swelland, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Kal-Koritnica
    Photo: Trever Swelland, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Mt. Svinjak form the fortress
    Photo: Trever Swelland, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Starting on the trail
    Photo: Trever Swelland, Turizem Dolina Soce
m 700 600 500 400 300 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 km The Čelo Outdoor Museum Freilichtmuseum Ravelnik
A round trip trail to the historic Čelo fortress that played an important role in the Austro-Hungarian defense of the Bovec Valley from an Italian invasion during World War I.
Open
easy
Distance 8.7 km
2:30 h
357 m
339 m

A roundtrip track from the center of Bovec leading up to the Čelo fortress on the foothills of the scenic Svinjak mountain. The Čelo fortress played an important role for the Austro-Hungarian army in protection of the Bovec valley from an Italian invasion. Construction was completed in 1915 and much of the fortress is still intact today. Strategically, the fortress was built to cover the entrances to both Vršič pass as well as Perdil pass, therefore it is a great place to view the Bovec basin. 

To reach the Čelo fortress walk on the main road in the direction of Mt. Svinjak to Mala vas road, where you will encounter the first sign. The path continues to Kal-Koritnica, up to the fortress and back down through Vodenica campground and into the center of Bovec. 

This is a 9 km trail with a total trip time of approximately 2.5 hours, suitable for the whole family.

Author’s recommendation

For a more intensive trip, consider continuing up the summit of Mt. Svinjak form the Čelo fortress. From the fortress allow 2 hours to reach the top. 
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Author
Trever Swelland
Update: April 15, 2019
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
672 m
Lowest point
392 m
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Tips and hints

  • This track passes by Ravelnik and Čelo, two outdoor World War 1 museums. For more information please follow the link: Ravelnik, Čelo, Pot miru.
  • Both outdoor museums are reachable by car as well. Ravelnik is located 1 km north from Bovec. You can get to Čelo if you follow the same road to Kal Koritnica, where you can leave your car. There is a 30 min walk to Čelo.

 

Start

Bovec Center (462 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.338023, 13.552742
DMS
46°20'16.9"N 13°33'09.9"E
UTM
33T 388620 5132623
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Destination

Bovec Center

Turn-by-turn directions

From the information building in the center of Bovec follow the main road in the direction of Mt. Svinjak until you reach Mala vas street. There you will see the first sight indicating the direction of the Čelo fortress trail. Shortly after turning on Mala vas street you will take your first right hand turn. Follow the signs leading out of town and through several pastures. Turn right from a small field to a driveway leading to the main road. Once you reach the main paved road follow it in the direction of Bovec for 50 meters until you see your first building on the left. Behind this building is a sign indicating 250m to the Ravelnik outdoor museum. Once you reach the museum you will see a small sign for Čelo leading down the hill to another paved road. Descend the hill and follow the paved road across the bridge, up the hill and into the town of Kal-Koritnica. In the town turn left at the bus stop and follow the road to the end, where you will find a sign for Čelo fortress on a grass trail at the base of Svinjak. After 5 minutes you will intersect the main trail leading to the summit of Svinjak, follow this path for 10 minutes, turning left at the sign of Čelo fortress.

To return to Bovec, circumnavigate the fortress, descending on the opposite side, where you will come to the other side of Kal-Koritnica. Cross the main road and follow the signs to the campground, up the hill and back to the information center where you started.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

To reach Bovec please refer to our transportation page: 

Public Transportation

 

Getting there

The starting point of the track is from the center of Bovec, originating at the information center.

To get to Bovec you can come from the North or the South.

  • From the North: Via Kranjska Gora through Vršič Pass or through the Italian town of Tarvisio through Predil pass. 
  • From the South: Follow road number 102 from Tolmin to Kobarid, turning on 203 from Kobarid to Bovec. 

Parking

During the summer months, parking can be difficult in Bovec. There are a few larger parking lots that generally have space available. Option number 1: directly across from the Mercator supermarket there is a large parking lot. Option number 2: there is a large parking lot near the school and the church.

Coordinates

DD
46.338023, 13.552742
DMS
46°20'16.9"N 13°33'09.9"E
UTM
33T 388620 5132623
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

For more info about Soča Valley, please follow this link: 

SOČA VALLEY

Author’s map recommendations

Turistična karta občine Bovec, 1:40 000, Turizem Dolina Soče. Geodetski inštitut Slovenije, Jamova 2, Ljubljana.

Book recommendations for this region:

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Equipment

This is a standard trail, requiring no special equipment. Bring gear according to the weather and the season. 

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Status
Open
Difficulty
easy
Distance
8.7 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
357 m
Descent
339 m
Circular route Scenic Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest

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