The stage starts at Lake Bled and continues through Gorje, the Pokljuka Gorge and a few steep ascents over Kranjska planina Pasture and Planina Javornik Pasture in the heart of the Pokljuka Plateau, and ends in Goreljek at the Sport Hotel.
Distance 21 km
The stage starts at Lake Bled – a glacial lake with its own water springs. Pletna is the name of a traditional wooden boat that carries visitors on the lake to the island. The lake shore is perfect for walking; some areas are also intended for bathing. The lake is also a very well-known rowing course, where the rowing world championships has been held four times. The trail runs by the foothills of Pokljuka near the picturesque, sun-facing village of Gorje, through the Pokljuka Gorge, which is a protected natural monument in Triglav National Park. Two trail sections run through the gorge—one over the galleries below the natural bridge, the other through the "Pokljuška luknja" or cave with three windows, leading to the abandoned Stara Pokljuka settlement. The third part takes us to the forest Pokljuka Plateau on the brinks of Triglav National Park. The trail runs over meadows and pastures of the dense forest landscape. Cottage cheese and cheese are still produced on some pastures. The stage ends in the Goreljek settlement at Sport Hotel, 4 km from the biathlon centre on Rudno polje, Pokljuka, the venue for world cup races.
The stage is long and strenuous, and the difference in altitude is approximately 800 metres. It starts in Bled, runs through Gorje and ends on a forest path steeply ascending to Pokljuka. There are no inns or huts from Gorje, so make sure to take some lunch and water with you.
There are some short sections without phone reception. The route through the Pokljuka Gorge is steep and narrow in some parts, so please be cautious in rainy weather.
Tips and hints
Hint by Triglav National Park: Pokljuka peat bogs
Peat bogs are a special feature of the vast forests that cover the heart of the Pokljuka plateau. They are a unique ecosystem characterised by peat mosses and mysterious carnivorous plants that thrive in the acidic environment of Europe’s southernmost raised bogs.
Most Pokljuka wetlands are not open to visitors due to their exceptional importance that is further emphasised by the amount of water stored in the bogs.
However, hikers are welcome to learn more about this mysterious ecosystem by visiting the short themed trail that has been set up around the easily accessible Goreljek bog. A natural water reservoir, the Pokljuka plateau supplies water to the Radovna Valley, the Bled basin, and further to Bohinj. Have a glass of water, Pokljuka’s precious asset.
Lakeside Promenade on the eastern shore of Lake Bled. (503 m)
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Sport Hotel in Goreljek, Pokljuka.
Initially, the trail runs on local roads; from Krnica, it runs along the marked hiking trail to Pokljuka. It partially runs on forest roads on the plateau.
The stage starts in front of the Festival Hall at Lake Bled. There we turn onto the asphalt footpath by the lake towards Bled Castle, left onto the asphalt road that runs alongside the lake, below the castle to Mala Zaka, which is the rowing centre. From the roundabout, follow the stairs and go along the steep path to Bled railway station. Turn right onto the pavement and after 500 metres turn left towards Spodnje Gorje. Turn left to cross the bridge over the railway track and continue right along the track to the industrial area, turn left and continue to Spodnje Gorje, cross the Bled – Pokljuka road and continue uphill to the crossroads Bled –Poljane – Jesenice. Turn left and continue along the regulated asphalt footpath below the Višelnica hill to the centre of Zgornje Gorje, turn onto the pavement at the church and follow the main road towards Pokljuka. After one kilometre, turn from the main road right downhill to Krnica and continue towards the Pokljuka Gorge. The cart track takes you to the parking area before the gorge. Turn left to the path through the gorge. At the turning below Pokljuška luknja, turn right through the cave with three natural windows to an abandoned farm in the Stara Pokljuka settlement. The marked hiking trail runs past Repečnik rovt over Kranjska dolina to an unpaved road. Turn right and go straight on for 100 metres, where you come to the car park at Planina Javornik Pasture. Turn left to the pasture, where you can enjoy the beautiful views of the Mrežce, Debela peč, Viševnik, Draški vrh and Triglav mountains. Continue over the pasture south to the main asphalt road Bled – Rudno polje. Turn left and after 200 metres right to come to the Sport Hotel in Goreljek.