Šentviška planota is a plateau between two valleys - Baška grapa Valley and the valley of the Idrijca River. Because it is highly unpopulated it represents a genuine paradise for those who enjoy tranquility and secluded trails.
Distance 42.3 km
Highest point964 m
Lowest point161 m
The tour across the Šentviška planota Plateau offers everything you cannot find in the valley: tranquility, peace and plenty of pleasant cool forests during the summer months. Due to the configuration of the plateau you will quickly overcome great altitude differences because the trail includes a lot of ascents and descents. You will cycle along paved and gravel roads, somewhat rough cart tracks, grass-covered trails and past the abandoned farms. In contrast to the abandoned buildings you will be able to find beautifully restored and neat homesteads. It seems almost completely natural to find flowers hanging from the windows or growing in gardens next to these homesteads.
Šentviška planota Plateau is a genuine treasury of not only natural but also historical and cultural sights. It is assumed that the Late Renaissance composer Jakob Petelin was born in the village of Šentviška Gora where you can find his bust. You can even find a ski jumping hill on the Šentviška Planota Plateau where the Slovenian ski jumper Jaka Hvala started his career.
You can shorten this tour by driving to the village of Logaršče from the Baška grapa Valley or to the village of Šentviška Gora from the village of Slap ob Idrijci.
You can reach the village of Klavže along the low-traffic regional road. You will not come across plenty of cars on the plateau, which is why this tour is very safe. The entire tour is routed along marked and well-drivable trails.
Tips and hints
Along the trail you can also visit the Plečnik’s church located above the village of Ponikve (you can only admire the exterior) and the church in the village of Šentviška Gora (you can also visit the interior). This church is renowned for its beautiful frescoes painted by Tone Kralj. In the village of Roče (along the road to the village of Slap ob Idrijci) you can also find the grave of the writer Ciril Kosmač. In Slap ob Idrijci you can refresh yourself in the Idrijca River.
Start the tour at the Most na Soči Railway station. Cross the bridge and turn right at the intersection towards the village of Bača pri Modreju where you will enter the Baška grapa Valley. When you reach the village of Klavže, turn right towards the village of Logaršče (4-km-long ascent) and, when you reach the village, continue to the village of Ponikve. After approximately 1 km of driving from Ponikve, turn left at the marked intersection towards the hamlet of Gorski Vrh. The road will take you to the first junction where you have to turn uphill to the left and not towards the hamlet of Jerovca. Before you reach the first water hole, which is well-visible from the cart track, turn left onto a grass-covered trail which will take you through the pasture fence to the foothills of the Črvov vrh. You will have to push or carry your bicycle in order to reach the top. Descend from the top along the cart track crossing the foothills to the left which will take you to the hamlet of Bukov gaj. From there, follow a somewhat poor cart track in the direction of the village of Šentviška Gora. When you reach the tarmac, at halfway towards Šentviška Gora, you will be able to ride much more comfortably. Descend from Šentviška Gora towards the village of Prapetno Brdo and continue to the village of Slap ob Idrijci. When you reach the regional road towards the town of Tolmin, turn left and continue to the bridge across the Idrijca River. After you cross the bridge, turn right and follow the gravel road marked with signs KUP (Kosmač educational trail) back to your starting point - Most na Soči Railway station.
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You can reach the railway station (starting point of the tour) by train: Timetables. If you reach the starting point with your own transportation you can park at the free of charge parking lot at the railway station.
You can reach the village of Most na Soči by train from the cities of Nova Gorica or Jesenice and by car from all other locations.
Most na Soči Railway station.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
This tour is appropriate for mountain bikes. It is also possible to use trekking bikes, however, you will not feel very comfortable driving along gravel roads and cart tracks.