In these rushing times, when every day is lived in haste, it is vital that we take a moment for ourselves to enjoy in peace, tranquillity and nature.
The town Cerkno, with its well organised hiking paths in the surroundings, offers you a journey in the past, when our grandfathers picked fruit for the purpose of making from it fruit brandy during the colder months; it offers you hiking trips on the long-time abandoned mountain trails, which were in the past an important bond with the life in the valley. Along the paths you can sense the diligence, meticulousness and perseverance of the country man in the construction of hay barns, haylofts, fruit kilns and at the hay harvesting of these endless steep slopes.
You can go back in time for two hours or more, when there were no telephones, and our job did not occupy a first place in our lives - you are invited on an active time off and a trip to Cerkno and its surroundings.
The Cerkno Mountains represent a transition between the Alpine and Dinaric landscape, its geological features makes it one of the most interesting areas in Slovenia.
The landscape is geologically very variegated – here are many valleys and gorges between narrow mountains, which were eroded by the Cerknica River with its affluents. On the terraces in between these mountains the most numerous are small grouped villages (Zakriž, Labinje, Trebenče, Planina ...), around them there are vast fields, grassland, forests.
In areas on higher slopes, (on the altitude of almost 1000 m) there are still some occupied secluded farm houses (the peak Cerkljanski vrh, the peak Podlanišče...). The surrounding mountains have good accesses and beautiful nature, which makes it an ideal place for first steps into mountain hiking, like these peaks: the peak Bevkov vrh 1050 m, the peak Kojca 1340 m, the peak Črni vrh 1291 m and the highest among them all the peak Porezen 1632 m. Here are vast extending hunting grounds of the Hunting family Cerkno, rich in fauna with roe deer, capercailzie and black grouse.
Where narrow valleys widen to the basin lays the town Cerkno, which is an administrative district, economic and cultural centre of the Cerkljansko region, with 5115 inhabitants. It is situated on 324 m above sea level in a basin on the verge of the Primorska region with the Gorenjska region. Through this area lead natural passages from the Poljanska Valley and the Selška Valley toward the Valley of the River Idrijca and forward to the River Soča Valley.
The path leads from the centre of the town Cerkno on a sunny slope to the 3 km distant village Zakriž.The area ofthe village is protected by Natura 2000.After a walk on an asphalt, winding and quite narrow path you are rewarded with the possibility of sightseeing the old village's "pajštvo" (fruit kiln), in which in autumn they are still drying fruit, but most of it is distillate into fruit brandy. In the village you can visit the Church of Saint Andrew, which is equipped with »nabrežinskim« marble. Pearl of church is organ from 1730 and they are rarity in Europe. You can visit also the Italian military fortress, and many other attractions.Further on the path is winding on slopes toward the village Trebenče, where you turn right and walk along the macadam road, passing through the Mostanija you arrive back to the town Cerkno.
You can go also with the guide, with whom you will learn about cultural and natural heritage/attraction.
It leads you through the Zakriž village right to the shoulder of the mountain above the Vrh Križa village, where the road splits towards Ravne and Bukovo. It is through this Ravne village that goes the twisty path. It is known for its rare sight - aragonit cave. From the sea level of 700 m you descend into Dolenje Ravne, where the sign directs you on the macadam road. The way becomes now a gentile uphill grade, a tranquil walk, on which you can visit an old Cerkno house, a cross sign along the road, haylofts covered with straw and refresh yourself in the spring along the way. Return to the valley with a downhill hike across pastureland and grassland through the small village Čelo. It takes about 4 hours walking.
The path leads you through the centre of Cerkno along the mountain slope towards NW to the 3 km distant village Zakriž. After walking for 1.5 km the road separates and turns right on the rut. Along the road you can visit the old Cerkno house or taste the invigorating water from the spring. In front of you elevates the gentle slope Gradišče, beautiful and of easy access, where antique coins and weapon were found. You can have a rest along the way sitting down on a bench, enjoy in the marvellous scenery on Cerkno and its surrounding villages, afterwards you can descend back into the valley. The path (3a) is suitable for walkers of all generations, as it takes only about 1,5 hour and it is not tiring. You can choose a longer version by walking further on to the village Trebenče (3b), which takes 2 hours.
This path leads you to the left bank of the Cerknica River, into a steep mountain slope Lajše. Its start is on the macadam road and after half an hour of temperate walk you turn left into the wood. Along the road you can quench your thirst in the fresh spring and afterwards you set out on the forest path and turn left on the trail at the fenced Forester's garden. On the clearing there are benches waiting for you, where you can have a rest, smell the fresh air and enjoy in the marvellous scenery on Cerkno, on the villages in the surroundings and on the highest peak of this region the peak Porezen.
The hiking path is suitable for those who want a short trip to escape out of town.
You start in front of the hotel and then you pass by the parish St. Anne Church, which is an important in baroque style build cultural monument, work of the architect Gregor Maček. Its interior contains a rich collection of work of the local masters from the 19th century, which was nicely renovated. Turn right and proceed on the main road. The direction sign shows you to cross the road and to continue your way down the narrow street on the right, where the road soon turns into a path. You walk your way along mountain ridge of the peak Grintavec heading for the Čeplez and Planina villages. It was exactly here and further down to Škoflje that lead the old antique path. When you arrive on the main road, you can cross it and head for Planina or you can start returning back along the main, asphalt road down into the valley. After approximately 2 km you turn left in hairpin band on a side road and drop down passing by the houses to the woods. Continue your way parallel to the road and the Oresovko spring towards Cerkno.
This path leads you to the Labinje village and it has many versions.
The shortest leads through the small village Ralne, it is not so tiring and it takes about 1,5 hour. The second road goes somehow under the village, back to the main road and takes about 2 hours. The third and the longest of all, leads right to the village, across the mountain pass to the old ruins of the miner's church, to the so called Miklavž steeple. According to the oral tradition which passed on through generations a legend of a berried treasure under the ruins of the church tower, the lightening would kill the one who will try to dig the treasure out. Along the rut you follow the marks, which show the way back to the valley. On this road opens a fantastic view on Cerkno underneath you and on the Planina and Čeplez villages on the opposite slope. The village is known for its plums, and if you take a walk in autumn or winter time in the vicinity, you can experience also the traditional fruit distillation.
From Cerkno the way leads you down the main road towards the Dolenji Novaki village. At the Inn in Log turn left and along the spring rise through the grove to the parking place. From here leads the path to the gorge of the Čerinščica spring, to Pasica gorge. In it was build the famous partisan hospital in 1943, which was run by the founder Franja Bojc-Bidovec. It is an extraordinary, still preserved authentic monument from the World War II battle NOB. After sightseeing of the gorge you can return back on the same road to Cerkno or continue the path toward the peak Črni vrh, where in winter time you can ski, in summer time you can enjoy in hiking or pick mushrooms and blueberries.
From Cerkno you rise on the slope of the hill Brdce, passing by the monument dedicated to the 47. Participants of the 6th Communist Party training, who were killed in the German attack on Cerkno in 1944. After a short uphill grade turn left at the crossing to the rural house in Galež, where you can along the road visit the fruit kiln. The path leads to a peaceful wood, fascinated by the bird's singing and by the view on the peak Porezen you will find out to your surprise that you have already arrived at the village Trebenče. After crossing the main road make a short stop at the small chapel by the road, which leads you back to the Cerkno town. It takes about 2 hours walking.
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