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Hills That Remind Us of the Past



Cerkno is accessible by car from bigger towns like Ljubljana, Kranj and Nova Gorica in an hour or an hour-and-a-half. Starting from Ljubljana, head towards Skofja Loka and then on through the Selska Valley, which is full of interesting sights, like the old iron blast furnace in Zelezniki. Continue towards the village of Davca, which seems longer than Ljubljana, as it extends across a large area of hills. From the village of Poce, you can start your climb to the 1,632m high Porezen, which takes approximately two-and-a-half hours. The cottage on the top is open in the summer months. In March, a traditional winter climb to Porezen is organised in memory of the tragic events that took place during the Second World War. The peak offers an interesting view of the Julian Alps, sub-alpine peaks and, if the weather is nice, also the sea. In spring and summer, a variety of mountain flowers spring up while in spring the sounds of grouse and, lower in the woods, of capercaillie fill the air. Golden eagles can be spotted and the slopes below the peak provide a home to chamois. Next to the path leading to the top is a suitable takeoff point for hang-gliders and the slopes enable back country skiing in the winter. A number of sports activities can be done in Cerkno: cycling, hiking, trekking and mountaineering, fishing, hunting, horse riding, paragliding, water sports, climbing and all sorts of skiing. The "Divje babe" Archaeological Park A half-day excursion will take you to the archaeological site below Sebrelje, offering you a glimpse into life 50,000 years ago through guided tour. Take a walk to the picturesque archaeological site Divje babe, hidden above the Idrijca valley, where the oldest instrument in the world was found: a Neanderthal flute, estimated to be 50,000 years old. The excursion includes viewing the park's multimedia presentation and a traditional snack. The flute was made from a bone of a young cave bear, and a Neanderthal cleverly bored three holes into it to play a simple melody. Visiting the cave is possible between April and October. Bicycle Trail on the Traces of Flutes and Taverns This is a diverse tour for those who enjoy both ascents and descents. The Sebreljsko-Krniska plateau, caught between the thick forests of the Vojskarska planota to the south and the Cerkljansko Hills to the north, will enchant you with numerous wild ravines and wonderful views. Stop by at Sebrelje, a settlement of some fifty farms at an altitude of 600 meters, to try the local dried meat delicacy, "sebreljski zelodec". Bicycle and Hiking Trail Along the Cerkljansko Hills The Cerkljansko Hills are a great place for those who love varied riding terrain. Hikers have plenty of trails to choose from, and we especially recommend taking the trail that leads from the center of Cerkno to the Pasica Gorge and the Franja Hospital. You will be amazed by the iron will of the local people who cultivate their land in the old ways, and encounter interesting old Cerkljansko rural architecture; the renovated homestead near Franja Hospital is a wonderful example. Next up is the Aragonitna Ravenska cave, a natural monument that combines 352 metres of tunnels on three levels. It is famous for their fragile, snow-white aragonite crystals which cover structures of different shapes and sizes. The most spectacular are the structures of over 10 cm-long needles in the form of a porcupine. The cave is located at Ravne pri Cerknem, and is entered from the centre of the village. Fishing in Idrijca The beauty and the cleanliness of the Idrijca attract many visitors and water sports fans (canoe, kayak), and the river is a paradise for sports fishermen due to its abundance of fish. The Idrijca, a branch of the Soca River, is characterised by the pure Marble trout, which is bred in the Zakojska grapa gully. In the summer, the warm and clean waters of the Idrijca is visited by swimmers.


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