Monday, 26 October 2009

Hiking in Slovenian hills


Hiking is a very popular activity in Slovenia. Since mountains and also hills of all kinds can be found in every corner of the country, that is not very odd at all.
If you like hiking, you just must visit Slovenia. It simply offers countless hiking opportunities for all kinds of hikers.
There is even a Slovenian hiking web page, with hiking tips and reports from many trips around Slovenia.


As a Slovenian, I also do it once in a while. I really don't have to go far to get in touch with nature.
That's one of good things about Slovenia - where ever you are, nature is never far away. Even when standing in the center of Slovenia's capital (Ljubljana), one doesn't need to go far to get in touch with nature. With a bit of luck, after a fifteen minute drive one could find himself next to a herd of cattle.


Since I live 60 kilometers west from the capital and a forest literally starts where our backyard ends, I am used to being close to nature.
A couple of weeks ago I decided to go hiking with a few friends. Nothing special, just a morning hike up a nearby hill (next to the small village of Ledine). We had a great time nevertheless.
The whole time we were accompanied by a young beagle dog. A very curious and full of energy representative of the breed.


It took us almost 2 hours to get to the top, where we were rewarded with great views of the Idrijca river valley.
We took a different - a bit shorter path back down.

5 comments:

Rachel Cotterill 26 October 2009 at 08:56  

Sounds lovely. I haven't been to Slovenia yet & wouldn't know where to start, but hiking & mountains sound good :)

David Robertson 27 October 2009 at 08:54  

Slovenia is a wonderful country for walking, everyone should go there!

We first visited in 2001 and just keep going back for more. This September we spent 12 days hiking in the Julian Alps, walking from hut to hut. The whole trip was fantastic but the highlights were climbing Triglav and staying at Zasavska Koča na Prehodavcih at the head of the Triglav Lakes Valley.

We have not been to Ledine, it looks a nice area, but we have been to Idrija, which is not too far away.

David

Marko 28 October 2009 at 07:40  

@Rachel:
Slovenia really is a diverse country where everyone can find something to enjoy. You really should try and visit it someday.

@David:
I really love to hear that! I am pretty sure you met some cool people while hiking in Julian Alps.
Making it to the top of mount Triglav makes you a true Slovene now. ;o)
The area around Idrija isn't really something in the climbing category, but has quite a lot of other stuff to offer. However it's definitely a destination that's a bit off the beaten track (and offers some hidden gems, that can be quite rewarding).
How did you find Idrija anyway?

David Robertson 28 October 2009 at 10:45  

Hi Marko,
How did we find Idrija? I guess we are just curious! We walked to Divje jezero from the town once - not a long walk but nice. Perhaps, next time we will go down the mercury mine.

Triglav was amazing! We climbed up from Dom Planika and there was some snow, which made it a bit tricky in places. Getting to the top was a dream fulfilled! I forgot to get a summit stamp (is that what you call them?) but a really nice guy in the hut gave us his and then he gave me his cap! We met loads of great people on our walk and always got a really friendly welcome from the hut wardens. Can't wait to go back again!

A true Slovene? Hvala lepa!

@Rachel:
Yes, Marko is right - there is something for everyone in Slovenia. The walking is superb, not just in the mountains but in the valleys and countryside too.

Emm 28 October 2009 at 22:56  

It is so beautiful! In Johannesburg we were also mere minutes away from nature but your photo and description has made me want to visit Slovenia now!

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