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Tour from Kanal to the sightseeing Kanalski Kolovrat Ridge

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This moderately demanding road cycling tour leads to the ridge of the extremely scenic Kanalski Kolovrat Ridge where the volume of traffic is low. All along the ridge road you can enjoy in views of the secluded hamlets above the valley of the Idrija River, Friuli lowlands and the Carnic Alps in the background and all the way to one of the finest World War I Outdoor museums. At the end of the tour you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of the Krn Mountain Range, Julian Alps and Soča Valley.
difficult
Distance 47.6 km
6:15 h
1,300 m
1,300 m
1,070 m
102 m
Start the tour in the town of Kanal and cycle past the village of Čolnica towards the village of Lig where you have to turn towards the village of Kambreško. When you reach the village you can replenish your water supply at the old trough next to the road and visit the Lukčeva hiša House where you will be able to find numerous old artefacts, documents, books and photographs showing the life on the Kanalski Kolovrat Ridge before the war. Its specific feature is the preserved fireplace which made the house an ethnological monument. Continue along the road to the village of Srednje. If you cycle to the Church of the Holy Trinity on the top you will be rewarded with views of the Julian Alps. Continue along the Kanalski Kolovrat Ridge past the hamlet of Pušno where you can replenish your water supply. From there on cycle to the Planinski dom pod Ježo Mountain hut where you can refresh yourself or continue to the Solarji Mountain pass. At this location you are only a stone’s throw away from the Kolovrat Outdoor Museum (World War I Museum). When you reach the end of the tour you can take a rest and enjoy in splendid views of the Krn Mountain range and the Soča Valley and take a walk along the renovated World War I military positions along the former Isonzo front. Return along the same way you came from to Kanal where you can refresh yourself, turn to the beach between the bridge and Kamp Korada or visit the old borough centre Kontrada, Riko Debenjak Gallery, fishing exhibition or the Church of the Assumption.

Author’s recommendation

During the summer months we recommend you to start the tour early in the morning when the temperatures are lower. Although the road is entirely paved, the volume of traffic on the ridge road is always low. You can find restaurants in the town of Kanal and on the Kanalski Kolovrat Ridge (Planinski dom pod Ježo Mountain hut when it is open). Especially during the hot summer days you should make sure to bring a sufficient amount of water, which you can replenish in all of the villages and hamlets along the trail. On your return you can refresh yourself in the Soča River in Kanal. This tour is appropriate for road bicycles, mountain bikes, trekking bikes and e-bicycles.
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Update: October 21, 2021
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Safety information

In dry conditions the road is easily drivable in all seasons. Caution is required when descending to the town of Kanal.

Tips and hints

You can find the closest bicycle service in the town of Solkan.

 Catering services along the tour

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

   - Planinski dom pod Ježo Mountain hut

   - Kolovrat Outdoor Museum (refreshments during the summer months)

 If all restaurants on the Slovenian side of the Kanalski Kolovrat Ridge are closed you can descend from the Solarji Mountain pass along the paved road to the Italian side of the Kanalski Kolovrat Ridge where you can find a small restaurant a few hundred metres from the former national border.

Other offer along the tour:

   - Kanal Cheese Dairy (cheese and milk products made from local milk)

   - Kanal Market (local products)

Sacral heritage along the tour:

   - Kanal: Church of the Assumption, cave with the Lourdes statue

   - Srednje: Church of the Holy Trinity

Cultural and natural heritage along the tour:

   - Kambreško: Lukčeva hiša House

   - Outdoor Museum Kolovrat: World war I Museum 

   - Kanal: Park Pečno, Kanal Bridge, Riko Debenjak Gallery, Gothic House, Kontrada Square, Fishing exhibition, Museum Collection 1914-1917

Other sights:

   - Juliana Trail

Start

Kanal (110 m)
Coordinates:
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46.087069, 13.634975
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46°05'13.4"N 13°38'05.9"E
UTM
33T 394469 5104627
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Destination

Kanalski Kolovrat Ridge

Turn-by-turn directions

Start the tour in the town of Kanal and cycle under the railway crossing towards the village of Lig. Keep cycling along the paved road with certain steep ascending sections past the village of Čolnica towards the top of the ridge. When you reach the top, turn right at the intersection towards the village of Kambreško. The section towards the hamlet of Gorenje Nekovo, which also leads to Kambreško, is only appropriate for mountain or trekking bikes. In Kambreško you can replenish your water supply at the old trough next to the road. Continue along a gentle ascent to the village of Srednje and descend to the hamlet of Pušno. From there on continue along the gentle ascent past the Planinski dom pod Ježo Mountain hut to the Solarji Mountain pass and further to the outdoor museum. Return to the town of Kanal along the same trail.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Information on transportation of bicycles by train: here >>

Timetable and purchase of tickets. Kanal Railway station. 

Getting there

You can reach the village of Kanal by train. By car you can reach Kanal along the main road Nova Gorica-Tolmin or Most na Soči.

Parking

Parking is available next to the market and post office in Kanal (direction of Avče). Parking is also available at the gas station (next to the main road Nova Gorica–Tolmin) and at the Kanal Railway station.

Coordinates

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46.087069, 13.634975
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46°05'13.4"N 13°38'05.9"E
UTM
33T 394469 5104627
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Cycling equipment. Basic bicycle and tyre repair tool kit, spare tyre and air pump.

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
47.6 km
Duration
6:15 h
Ascent
1,300 m
Descent
1,300 m
Highest point
1,070 m
Lowest point
102 m
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