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Countryside Ride to Lake Bled

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  • Kolesarjenje po Cesarski cesti
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    Photo: Kaja Beton, Turizem Radovljica
  • / The Three Bridges Trail (pastures near Camping Šobec)
    Photo: Jošt Gantar, CC BY-ND, Turizem Radovljica
  • / Bled
    Photo: Turizem Bled
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An easy mountain bike trip from Radovljica through pleasant fields and villages to Bled. There are numerous sights and attractions along the way.
Open
moderate
Distance 29.5 km
3:00 h
275 m
275 m

This circular cycle tour leads from Radovljica down to the Sava river valley, from where it runs along macadam roads and cart tracks towards world-renowned Bled. You will ride alongside the Sava Bohinjka river then across scenic pastures, passed the Šobec camp and Sava Dolinka river before ascending to a village on the outskirts of Bled and onwards to the centre of Bled itself. Spend a while, or even the whole morning, beside fairytale-like Lake Bled, then continue on your way. The route leads along the cycle path to the village of Zasip (here you can extend the ride by ascending up to Hom for wonderful views), from where you descend to the Sava Bohinjka river and continue on the other side up to the village of Breg. Continue across meadows to Vrba, the birthplace of Slovenia's most famous poet, France Prešern, and then along a wide macadam road and through meadows, forests and on local roads back to Radovljica. The 'Along the Sava River to Bled' route is a slightly longer alternative.

 

 

Author’s recommendation

End this cosy half a day's trip with midday snack in one of the excellent guest houses and restaurants in the old town centre of Radovljica.
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Author
Turizem Radovljica
Update: December 03, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
539 m
Lowest point
413 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Be cautious when crossing the old regional road outside village Vrba.

Tips and hints

Start

Tourist information centre Radovljica (491 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.341050, 14.174832
DMS
46°20'27.8"N 14°10'29.4"E
UTM
33T 436499 5132272
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Destination

Tourist information centre Radovljica

Turn-by-turn directions

Standing outside the Tourist information centre in Radovljica, follow the narrow street leading south-east onto the colourful Linhart square in the old town centre of Radovljica. Cycle right through the square (or take time for morning coffee in one of the many excellent bars and restaurants!), than turn right at the first street branching off the square to the right hand side (road sign: No admittance for vehicles). This short street bring you to a fabulous viewpoint at the former town gates of medieval Radovljica. Turn right, and descend down a road leading beneath the former town walls and residential houses. Cross the railway overpass and continue cycling downhill towards river Sava (delightful views of the valley bellow).

After about 600 meters, you will come across the main road. Join it carefully, turn left and cycle downhill to a large bridge across river Sava. As soon as you cross the bridge and reach Lancovo, turn right and follow the village street running up-stream the Sava river. Ignore the streets branching off to the left-hand side and stay on the levelled road at the bottom of the river valley. Reaching the Y-shaped fork, take the upper/left road (signpost:Bled). The road gently elevates to the forest on the right-hand side bank of river Sava Bohinjka (you are in close proximity of the confluence of the two "sister" rivers Sava Dolinka and Sava Bohinjka) and the surface changes from asphalt to gravel. If you will be fortunate not to meet to many cars (amidst locals, this a popular by-pass route to avoid Bled's high season traffic jams), you will enjoy fantastic gravel cycling through the shady forest above pristine clear waters of Sava Bohinjka.

Reaching the bridge at Sava Bohinjka river, turn right and cross over to the other side. Reaching the left-hand side bank of the the river (rock climbing crag), look for a cart track ascending sharply to the right-hand side (metal barrier, no stopping sign). Cycle past the barrier and up the gravel track (direction: east). Within few minutes you will reach the top of a small col, from where nice views of the river and Jelovica plateau open. Stay on the road and descend down the gravel track to the northern side (interseting perspective of Radovljica). After a short (but rather steep) descent, the path levels into a field cart-track and leads alongside a large field. After crossing a small brook (you have an option to cycle across - get wet, or walk over a tiny footbridge) the track leads you straight-north across wide open pastures (fantastic views of the Karavanke mountain range). 

This stunning trail brings you very close to the river and a private wooden bridge (Campsite Šobec on the other side). Don't cross the bridge. Cycle further up alongside the river, as the cart track gradually widens into a gravel road and starts ascending into the riverside forest. As you reach the first river terrace, meadows and wetlands with varied vegetation surrounds you from both sides. Ignore the cart-track branching off to the left-hand side and follow the gravel road in the same direction (signpost: Bled). After having crossed a large meadow, the road enters a shaded forest. Comming out of the forest, an isolated farm can be seen. The road avoids the farm from the right-hand side and continues straight ahead through the meadows. And the end of a large meadow, the road turns to the right and lifts to to the next river terrace. Reaching it, you now cycle westwards, until reaching the private road leading to the farm (Y-shaped junction). Turn right (straight-ahead) and ignore the road branching of to the left after about 50 meters. The field road leads you straight-ahead acrosss the meadow and towards the village Koritno (houses on the slope in-front of you).

The surface turns to asphalt and the road starts ascending steeply up the hill. Ignore the cart track leading downards to the left-hand side and keep climbing up. Reaching the T-junction in the village turn left, and climb another steep section of the road to the upper part of the settlement. Reaching the village crossroads at the top, cycle straight ahead onto the wide-open fields. The (ussually quiet) country lane leads you south-west to village Ribno and features fantastic views of most prominent alpine-Slovenian landmarks (Mt. Triglav, Bled castle, Stol and the Karavanke range...).

After passing-by a small forest, the road descends to a smaller basin where it meets a wider road. Turn right (road sign: Ribno) and cycle towards a bus stop (wooden cottage). Ignore the road leading left into the village and continue straight ahead towards the next crossroads (marked by two linden trees and a catholic shrine). Five different roads meet next to this shrine, for this reason, you need to be careful to pick the right one. Standing at the upper (western) side of the shrine, you can see three roads. One leads left - west (towards Jelovica plateau), one leads north (towards the Karavanke mountain range). You choose the one in-between (road sign: forbidden traffic for buses and lorries). It leads you straight across the fields and brings you directly to the outskirts of Bled. Pass-by the electric power distribution centre and cycle further up the road (always in the same direction, ignoring side streets and access roads to private homes). When joining with the main road (Y-shaped fork, catholic shrine), turn right and follow the main road leading on the edge of a small basin (Bled castle can be seen up-ahead). Stay on the principal road, avoid the road leading to Želeška cesta (Restaurant Mayer).

When the road start descending (Rikli Balance Hotel on your left-hand side), make sure not to miss the right to Zagoriška cesta street (road sign: No admittance for vehicles). Cycle up this (surprisingly quiet) Bled street, featuring a beautifully renovated 1760's farmhouse. Take the first street branching off to the left-hand side, bringing you straight to the traffic lights next restaurant Union. Turn left and across the crossroads. A few meters later, turn right and descend down the street you will find in-front of Krim Hotel. It leads you alongside a large parking area. When reaching to end, turn left - the front entrance of the Ice-Hockey Hall. Continue straight ahead on a narrow lane (road sign: No entry), ignoring all left and right-hand side turns. The lane descends down the hill and brings you to another large building - Festival Hall (Festivalna dvorana Bled). Pass in by, and you will find yourself on the main Bled lakeside promenade. You can choose to explore lake Bled, or continue the tour by turning right and cycling up the hill towards hotel Bled Rose. Turn left after passing-by the traffic barrier (signpost: St. Martin's church), and cycle pass the Bled Rose Hotel towards the main Bus station. Reaching it, turn left and cycle up the street pass the "Pri Planicu" pub. Choose the road on your left and cycle by the Murka Restaurant. Turn right afterwards and up-hill, reaching the small roundabout with a linden tree. shortly. Choose the left road towards a youth-hostel at the top of the hill. From here, the road descends down the hill again and brings you to an Irish pub and a larger parking area.

Cross the main road carefully, continue cycling straight ahead and you will end directly on the bicycle/pedestrian lane leading further in the same direction. When the bicycle lane approaches the northern Bled ring road, it makes a right turn and follows the course of the road towards north-east. Follow the lane all the way to the traffic lights, than turn left on the village street. Keep in mind,  that you are no longer on a lane reserved for cyclists and this is the main street through the village Gmajna (part of town Bled). Cycle on the road right through the village, ignoring all side roads and village streets. Coming out of the village (road sign: you are exiting Bled), continue cycling on the road leading you across the fields towards village Zasip (north).

500 meters after exiting Bled, you will reach the crossroads in-front of village Zasip. Turn right (road sign: Piškovca) and follow a paved road leading east. At the crossroads at the edge of a natural terrace stay on the paved road which bends to the left-hand side and drops steeply into the river valley. Though the road surface enables fast descent, be careful on the road. Many locals are using it as alternative access to Bled in summer season. Reaching the valley floor, ignore the gravel road branching off to the left and continue cycling across the bridge over Sava Dolinka river.

The road surface turns to gravel at the northern side of the bridge, and the road gradually ascents up the shaded forest. In just one long turn, the forest road brings you to the top of the river terrace on the other side of the valley (just before reaching the top, some wonderful views of Julian Alps can be enjoyed from the gravel road).

As soon as you come out of the forest, and the climbing stops, you find yourself on the main street of village Breg. Follow it (ignoring all side streets and driveways), until it brings you to the ancient church of St. Radegund. Follow the street which branches off to the right-hand side just before the church. Before you know, the street ends and you are cycling on gravel field road with stunning views of Mt. Stol and the Karavanke range. The road approaches the motorway,  turns to the right and follows the motorway course. After 1 km the gravel road meets the railway and follows it's course for a short while. When the cart-track meets a wider gravel road, turn left and cross the railway tracks very carefully (unprotected railway crossing!). After 100 meters the gravel road overpasses a motorway and continues further in the same direction (north-east, church of. St. Marc in village Vrba).

After 300 meters you will reach the intersection with the former regional road (STOP sign). Though visibility is very good, and there is much less traffic on the road these days, please be very carefull crossing the road (some drivers tend to drive really fast on this section). Once reaching the other side of the road, pedal up-hill to village Vrba. Soon you will come across a bronze monument on the right-hand side od the road, followed by a museum (memorial house). Vrba is a birth place of France Prešeren, Slovenian national poet, deeply loved and honoured by Slovenian people.

Cycle pass the museum house on the main village street to reach an interesting A-shaped junction dominated by large linden tree surrounded by stones (they used to serve as seats for village elders during sessions of the village "parliament"). Turn sharply to the right-hand side and continue cycling on a narrow street leading in-between farms and barns. Coming out of the village, follow the straightforward road leading you towards the mountains and  St. Mary's church in Breznica.

About 500 meters after leaving the village, you will reach an intersection with a wider paved road running straight across the fields (shrine on your right-hand side). Turn right and follow the field road across wide-open landscape. After passing-by a horse ranch on your left hand side, the road surface turns to gravel.

For the next 4 kilometres, you are cycling straight ahead on the wide dusty field road, ignoring all side roads joining from both sides. The road is more or less car free and you can truly enjoy cycling with breathtaking views of surrounding mountains. However, be careful in the intersection with local (asphalt paved) road outside village Rodine!

Reaching a second intersection with asphalt road between villages Begunje and Hlebce (WWII memorial plaque) stop and look for the passing-by traffic. When the road is clear, turn right and cycle on the road for about 20 meters, than cross the main road and join a field gravel road leading south/south-west pass the catholic shrine (column).

Pedal "full speed ahead" for nearly 1 km, ignoring all field tracks branching off to the left.  When the road suddenly bends to the left (wooden crucifix), turn left at a 90 degrees angle, and follow a cart track leading straight ahead. Passing by occasional hay-racks and orchards, you will enter the village Nova vas next to a large historic farmhouse. Carefully join with the principal road, and turn left. Cycle up the village through the bend, than turn immaterially to the right into a quiet village road. In the fork by the hedge, turn right (signpost: Ski servis) and follow a tiny road alongside a hedge fence (newly built houses to the right hand side). Suddenly the road ends in a private yard, while a narrow cart track continues straight ahead in the same direction. Follow the track leading straight ahead into the forest (direction south). A pleasant quiet forest trails leads you alongside a (sometimes dry) riverbed to a narrow wooden footbridge.

Cross the bridge and follow the leading further in the same direction to an large farm. Reaching a T junction in the middle of the village (wooden crucifix) , turn right and pedal on the principal village street in Vrbnje. Soon you will reach a Y fork (another wooden crucifix), where you keep left. A narrow village road leads you between the residential houses on the left, and wide open fields and meadows on the right-hand side. In the junction with a wider road, turn right (direction: west) and pedal towards the large Dolenc farm (fresh dairy product shop!) and further alongside the motorway. Reaching the main road and motorway underpass, turn left and cycle towards the traffic lights. Continue straight ahead, pass the SPAR supermarket and downhill alongside the main road into Radovljica.

Before reaching the main bus station, a tiny cart track branches off to the left in-between parking area and fruits&vegetables market (signposts: Juliana, Pusti grad). Make left turn, carefully cross the road and descend down towards a health food store/pharmacy. From here, the cart track leading beneath the high stone built walls leads you towards the old town centre of Radovljica. A very special treat awaits you at the end: turn right by the yellow house (signpost: Juliana) and cycle into (what seems to be) a tunnel. It's actually a former town moat, one of few of such kind. Reaching the other end of the tunnel, turn sharply to the right and climb up to a tiny square in-front of tourist information centre in Radovljica.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

By train: arriving from the direction of either Ljubljana or Jesenice, exit the train at Radovljica train station, than cycle (push a bike)  straight up the steep narrow street (Kolodvorska ulica) leading you directly to the square (roundabout) in front of the Tourist information centre in Radovljica.

 

By bus:  frequent buses connect Radovljica to Bled, Kranjska Gora, Jesenice and Ljubljana. On most Arriva operated bus lines you can load the mountain bike on the bus free of charge,providing there is enough space in the luggage  compartment.

From the bus station in Radovljica, cross the main road at the road crossing  by the market, than cycle through the park stretching in-front of the Grajski dvor hotel. Turn right at the end of the gravel lane, and you will find yourself on the square (roundabout) in front of the Tourist information centre in Radovljica.

Getting there

Arriving from Bled:

Use the motorway A2 and take the exit 4 (OMV petrol station). Follow the signs for Radovljica, when reaching the first junction. Turn left and drive towards the town until reaching the junction with traffic lights, than turn left again. Follow the principal road (Kranjska cesta), than Gorenjska cesta for the old town centre.

 

Arriving from Ljubljana:

Use the motorway A2 and take the exit 4 (OMV petrol station). Reaching the local road, turn right for Radovljica and cross the motorway overpass. Drive towards Radovljica until reaching the junction with traffic lights, than turn left again. Follow the principal road (Kranjska cesta), than Gorenjska cesta for the old town centre.

Parking

Most parking spaces in Radovljica are time limited. For mountain biking tours we therefore advise you, to find parking area without time limitation. The nearest such parking area to the old town is in Kajuhova street. After having passed-by the bank (on your left), and the court and high school (on your right-hand side) turn right and follow the street leading pass the school to the edge of a natural terrace above the railway line. Parking spaces can be found on the left hand side of the road. If this parking area is busy, try the parking spaces near the Health centre (Swimming pool) in Kopališka ulica street.

Coordinates

DD
46.341050, 14.174832
DMS
46°20'27.8"N 14°10'29.4"E
UTM
33T 436499 5132272
w3w 
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Equipment

  • a technicaly flawless bike mountain bike, trekking bike or gravel bike

  • helmet, gloves, sunglasses

  • food and drinks from backpack

  • spare inner tube, pump, multitool, basic personal first aid kit

  • personal document (ID card), health insurance card

Basic Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • 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
moderate
Distance
29.5 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
275 m
Descent
275 m
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