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Northwestern Kanal Circle

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  • Cycling under the railway crossing above the Soča River
    Cycling under the railway crossing above the Soča River
    Photo: Mitja Madon, Turizem Dolina Soce
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Technically undemanding tour along the local roads, gravel trails and tractor trails.
Distance 37.1 km
5:00 h
1,155 m
1,181 m
738 m
103 m
Demanding cycling tour along the right bank of the Soča River with splendid views from the Kanalski Kolovrat Ridge. In the Doblarca Gorge you will come across wonderful pools with small waterfalls, whilst the little-visited trail will connect you with nature and your thoughts. In the village of Srednje, where wonderful views open towards Mt. Kolovrat and Mt. Matajur in the background, you can find a perfect spot to take a rest after overcoming a long ascent. The rest of the trail is also routed through forests all the way to the village of Kambreško where you can replenish your water supply and visit the Lukčeva hiša House. The most difficult part of the trail is already behind you at this point and you only have to gently continue along the top of the Kanalski Kolovrat Ridge and descend to the town of Kanal where you can find numerous catering service providers and treat yourself with a warm meal and a good drink.

Author’s recommendation

The trail is shady and cool late in the afternoon.
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Mitja Madon
Update: October 15, 2021
S1 difficult
Highest point
738 m
Lowest point
103 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 0.17%Unknown 99.82%
0.1 km
37.1 km
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Safety information

There are no dangerous sections along the trail and the descents are undemanding.

Tips and hints

The trail is routed through the town of Kanal where you can find numerous catering service providers and grocery stores.


Catering services along the trail: 


Kanal: Fontana Kanal, Gostišče Križnič, Okrepčevalnica Rafaelo, Bar & picerija Cafe Libero, Okrepčevalnica Pirih


Sights along the trail:


St. Martin's Church in Avče

Memorial to the falling of a meteorite in Avče

Doblarca Gorge

Church of the Holy Trinity in Srednje

World War I troughs and water reservoirs

Kitchen with the fireplace in the Lukčeva hiša House in Kambreško – Monument of local importance with an Ethno-military collection

Marijino Celje Pilgrimage Centre in Lig

Church of St. James above Debenje

Themed Trails: Connecting Path of the Three Temples (connecting three St. Mary’s temples: Mt. Sveta gora above Solkan, Marijino Celje Pilgrimage centre in Lig and Castlemonte Monestary above Cividale in Italy), Walk of Peace (connecting areas, people and the rich cultural and natural heritage along the former Isonzo front), Juliana Trail (circular long-distance hiking trail with an additional trail connecting the central Julian Alps with Nova Gorica across the Kanalski Kolovrat Ridge and through the Brda region)

Kanal – centre of the municipality with rich cultural heritage (Kontrada Square with the Riko Debenjak Gallery, the Gothic House and the memorial room of the painter and graphic designer Riko Debenjak, Neptune Fountain, Church of the Assumption, Cave with the Lourdes statue, Keramost Gallery, masks from Lig, Museum Collection 1914-1917, Park Pečno)


Avče (192 m)
46.102773, 13.683129
46°06'10.0"N 13°40'59.3"E
33T 398220 5106309



Turn-by-turn directions

Start the tour in the village of Avče and continue towards the railway station Avče where you have to cross the bridge across the Soča River and shortly ascend to the main regional road Kanal-Tolmin. Descend to the right along this road towards the town of Tolmin and, when you reach the first sharp right bend, turn left onto a low-traffic road in the Doblarca Valley. Continue along the paved road until you reach a small bridge where the road turns into a gravel road routed uphill. When you will first be able to enjoy in views of the valley below you will reach the first large junction, approx. 100 m behind the house on the left, where you will have to turn uphill to the right. The trail will take you to the hamlet of Pušno where you will reach the tarmac again. When yyou reach the junction, turn towards the village of Srednje and look for the turn towards the hamlet of Avško. In Avško, turn right through the hamlet and descend along the cart track which will take you to the gravel road. Turn right and ascend almost to the board of the Julijana Trail. When you reach the junction, turn right and descend along the cart track to the next board of the Julijana Trail and continue to the right until you reach the paved road. Turn left and descend to the village of Kambreško. Cross the junction and turn right onto a low-traffic side road towards the hamlets of Humarji and Gorenje Nekovo. The trail will take you to the local road towards the village of Lig. Keep to the right in the direction of Lig. Continue along the paved road for another 3 km until you reach the junction where you have to turn left onto a fire trail towards the town of Kanal (just in front of the trail towards the Church of St. James). From here you will have to descend for 5 km along an undemanding forest trail and cart track and then turn downhill to the right along a somewhat more demanding but not too demanding rocky trail towards the village of Gorenja vas where you will have to descend to the left towards Kanal. When you reach Kanal, cross the bridge and, when you reach the square, turn left into an alley leading past the elementary school towards the village of Avče. Continue through the village of Bodrež. When you reach the mill after approx. 1 km, turn right onto a gravel road and continue for another kilometre until you reach a hairpin bend. From here, cycle along a small trail, cross the stream and continue along a forest trail to the next junction where you have to turn uphill to the right along a cart track joining the forest road. Continue downhill to the left, cycle along the forest road to the weekend houses located on a small clearing and descend along the cart track to the Avšček Creek. Turn sharply to the right when you reach the end of the concrete descent and continue to the left across the Avšček Creek. When you reach the next junction, keep to the right in order to reach the paved road along which you will ascend back to your starting point in Avče.


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Public transport

Information on transportation of bicycles by train: here >>

Timetable and purchase of tickets. You can find the railway station in the village of Avče.

Getting there

You can reach the village of Avče by train. By car, you can reach Avče along the main road Nova Gorica-Tolmin.


46.102773, 13.683129
46°06'10.0"N 13°40'59.3"E
33T 398220 5106309
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


The trail is appropriate for mountain bikes, gravel bikes and e-bicycles.

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S1 difficult
37.1 km
5:00 h
1,155 m
1,181 m
Highest point
738 m
Lowest point
103 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest Dog-friendly


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