ASCENT ABOVE THE CONFLUENCE OF RIVERS
The cycling path, which runs along the Sava River and through the hills on its right bank, is 61 kilometres long, and can be cycled in 4 hours. The path is partly paved, partly unpaved.
The start of the route is in Dolsko near Vegov hram Inn, in the neighbouring municipality of Dol pri Ljubljani. While cycling down the village road that runs through Dolsko, turn left towards Laze over the Sava bridge. From there, the path branches off to the right towards Podgrad. In the meantime, you can enjoy the beauty at the confluence of the three rivers. In Podgrad, turn left and continue along the Besnica valley all the way to Veliko Trebeljevo. For more courageous cyclists who are in great shape, the route to Janče is perfect, and it offers a beautiful view from all sides. From Janče, drive along the ridge of the hill to Velika Štanga and then descend to Štangarske Poljane. If you do not go to Janče, stay on the main road in Veliko Trebeljevo and descend to Šmartno pri Litiji. In Šmartno, turn left towards Litija. In Litija you have the option to take your bike on the train that goes in the direction of Ljubljana and exit the train at the station Laze. However, you can cycle along the old road on the right bank of the Sava River for an additional 20 km back to Dolsko. Individual sections of the ascent are suitable for families with children, but we wouldn’t recommend the whole path, as it can be quite tiring.
CYCLING TO THE CENTRE OF SLOVENIA
The cycling route, which starts and ends in Litija, and in the meantime ascends to the Geometric Centre of Slovenia, is 30 kilometres long and can be cycled in 2 hours. The road is part paved and part unpaved. The path is of medium difficulty.
Your cycle trip starts in the centre of Litija. Cross the bridge over the River Sava, turn right towards Ponoviče at the intersection and cycle alongside the left bank of the Sava. On arriving to the village Sava, take the first left towards the mountain Zasavska Sveta gora. Go half-way up the grade and turn left towards Vače, a popular hiking spot. You can continue towards the Geometric Centre of Slovenia (GEOSS) and then on to Zgornja Slivna to the panoramic spot by St. Agnes’s Church. On your way back, head downhill along the main road through Vače towards Hotič. After about 300 m, turn left at the big house and building and continue towards Boltija. After a short steep climb through the pass, descend towards Ponoviče. On reaching Ponoviče, turn right and finish your trip in Litija.
FLAVOURS OF THE LOWER SAVA VALLEY
The cycling trail that goes from Litija through Šmartno all the way to Polšnik and through the Jablaniška dolina back to Litija is 38 kilometres long, and can be cycled in 3 hours. Part of the road is paved and part is unpaved. The path is demanding.
A very nice, but demanding cycling tour starts in the centre of Litija. From here, the path leads you through the old town to a short ascent towards Šmartno pri Litiji. Take the left road at the church of St. Martin, which takes you through a low pass and a quarry to Jablaniška dolina, where the main path leads you all the way to the restaurant called Pustov mlin. In a narrow valley begins a 6 km long steady ascent to Velika Preska. After a good kilometre of descent, turn left towards Polšnik. In Polšnik, turn back and head towards Mamolje at the highest part, where the path then leads you along a plateau which offers a beautiful view of Triglav. The path descends through Gradišče back to the Jablaniška dolina, where you turn right in Gradiške Laze. You cycle through the valley for less than a kilometre, then turn right again and cycle through the villages Tenetiše and Breg, where you can try homemade cheese at the Paternoster Homestead or see a collection of Sava pebbles. From Breg, return to the starting point in Litija.
TRIP TO THE CHARCOAL LAND
The cycling route going from Šentrupert to the Charcoal Land in Dole pri Litiji is 44 kilometres long, and can be cycled in 3 hours. Part of the road is paved and part is macadam; the path is quite demanding.
The route starts at the square in Šentrupert, following the road alongside the church towards the North and the village Draga. At the crossroads, turn left and cycle towards the valley of the River Bistrica to the Charcoal Land, stretching around Dole pri Litiji. This district offers intact, unspoiled nature and exceptional cultural landscape. On reaching Dole pri Litiji, cycle downhill for about 1 km, then uphill to Brezovo, which offers a stunning panorama over the valley and the hills of Dolenjska with vineyards. Continue downhill all the way to Gabrovka, then turn left towards Trebnje. Cycle slightly downhill for about 5 km, then turn left towards the village Cirnik in the village Ravne behind the corner of a big house with a garden. Keep going straight and join the main road Gabrovka-Mirna. Turn right, continue downhill to Mirna and turn right before the bridge below the castle, go past the fishpond and continue to the River Mirna. Turn left along the main road and cross the stone brigde. Cycle for half a kilometre, then in a slight right turn where the road branches, turn left towards Trstenik. Continue through the village Straža. On cycling along the plain of Šentrupert, turn right towards the solitary farm. Passing the farm, you will continue along the cart track amongst the fields and then join onto the main road in Rakovnik. In Prelesje, turn right and continue along the forest trail to the meadow, then turn right and cycle along the grass trail to the stream Mirna. Turn left and follow the stream Mirna or Mirenščica to the bridge where the stream Bistrica flows into it. Turn left and continue on the macadam road alongside the stream Bistrica to the crossing over the railway line and on to the main road Mokronog-Trebnje. The route takes you to the village Bistrica, where you will turn right by the shrine and cycle into the village. Join the macadam road and head back to the starting point – the square in Šentrupert.
THE BIG ZASAVJE TOUR
The cycling route starts in Litija and leads you to Dole pri Litiji, through Podkum back to the river Sava and then through Zagorje to Zasavska Sveta Gora. It is as long as 72 kilometres, which can be cycled in 4.5 hours. Part of the road is paved and part is macadam. The route is very demanding.
The route starts in the centre of Litija – at the square Valvazorjev trg. Continue towards Zagorje and at the end of Litija, at the roundabout, turn right uphill. After 500 m, at the top of the slope, the road branches left and takes you downhill towards Breg pri Litiji. Cycle through Tenetiše and go up the valley Jablaniška dolina before turning left uphill towards Velika Preska. The route takes you on a steep climb up, in the middle of which go right towards the village Velika Goba, coming into the Charcoal Land. On reaching the village, cycle through the village Črepinje and head downhill into the valley of the Bistrica River. You will notice the first charcoal piles. In order to reach the centre of the Charcoal Land, head up the short, steep grade towards Dole pri Litiji. Turn left and continue through the plateau with small climbs, then cycle downhill into the intact valley of the River Sopota, turning right on the macadam road and continuing alongside the river. On reaching the settlement Medvešek, turn left and head uphill to the village Podkum, which is also the starting point of hiking trails to the mountain Kum (1,200 m) – the highest peak of the range Posavsko hribovje. In Podkum, cycle towards Zagorje, then downhill into the valley of the River Sava. Cycle for 1 km along the regional road, where you have to be very careful. Cross the bridge over the River Sava on the right, continue through Zagorje ob Savi, staying left at the end of the town and heading towards Čolnišče. The route takes you on a 4-km-long steep climb to the village Kal, then slightly downhill to the village Brezovica. Cycle through the village Rovišče and climb once again to the mountain Zasavska Sveta gora (852 m), which offers a stunning panoramic spot. When heading down, be careful to turn right towards Vače before the village Rovišče. The route takes you downhill to the settlement Sava. Turn right and continue towards the starting point in Litija.
FROM SPRING TO SPRING
A demanding cycling route, as long as 93 kilometres, leads you from the spring of the Kamniška Bistrica to the stream of the Krka River through many places in the Heart of Slovenia. Cycle the route in 4.5 hours.
The trail starts at the spring of the Kamniška Bistrica, which offers a stunning panorama over the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. Head downhill through the valley of the Kamniška Bistrica via Kamnik and past the botanical garden Arboretum Volčji potok to Radomlje, turning left at the roundabout towards the village Rova. On passing Rafolče, turn sharply left by the shrine, continue past the Kersnik Castle in Brdo pri Lukovici and head downhill to the old market-town centre in Lukovica. The road cycling route runs above the highway and takes you through the villages Spodnje Prapreče and Dole pri Kraščah all the way to Moravče. From Moravče on, follow the main road towards Kandrše and, in the settlement Trata, turn right uphill towards GEOSS and Vače. Leaving the village, you will turn left and head downhill via Boltija into the valley of the River Sava and on to Ponoviče, where you will turn right towards Litija. On reaching the town, cross the bridge over the River Sava, cycle through the old town centre and head uphill to Šmartno pri Litiji. Its mighty Church of St. Martin is visible from far away. On reaching the church, follow the signs for Bogenšperk Castle and Novo mesto. Continue the ride uphill to the castle, then descend into the valley of the River Temenica. After a short climb, stay right in a left turn by the Jap Inn and cycle along the meadow via Šentvid pri Stični to the main road which, after about 500 m in the settlement Griže, branches off towards Stična. Turn towards the South and cycle to Krka via Ivančna Gorica and Muljava, following the signs by the church which will lead you to the stream of the Krka. The route ends at the mighty stream of the Krka River below the cave Krška jama.
FROM UNDER THE MOUNTAINS TOWARDS THE HILLS OF DOLENJSKA
The cycling route leading right through the Heart of Slovenia, which ends in Litija, is 80 kilometres long and can be cycled in 3.5 hours. The path is paved and of medium difficulty.
The route starts in the town Kamnik and takes you towards the South, turning towards Domžale at the roundabout. On reaching Domžale, follow the signs for highway and, after crossing the bridge over the River Kamniška Bistrica, turn right via Ihan, Videm and Dol pri Ljubljani to Dolsko. In Dolsko, turn right towards Laze and cross the bridge over the River Sava. After the bridge, continue towards Ljubljana alongside the River Sava. After crossing the bridge over the River Ljubljanica and reaching Zalog, turn left below the railway towards Sostro. In Zgornji Kašelj, cross the bridge over the Ljubljanica once again. The route turns slightly uphill all the way to Pance. Continue the ride downhill to Dole and at the end of the downhill grade, turn right. At the next junction, turn left towards the village Polica and continue straight on to Višnja Gora. After the junction, cycle for 1 km uphill and on to Spodnje Brezovo. Head downhill towards Višnja Gora and continue alongside the Dolenjska Highway all the way to Ivančna Gorica. Cycle through the settlement along the main road and past Šentvid pri Stični towards Raduhova vas. When the road branches off, turn left. The route runs through diverse terrain all the way to Bogenšperk Castle and turns more steeply downhill in Šmartno pri Litiji, passing St. Martin’s Church. A short climb will bring you to Litija – to the square Trg svobode in front of the Plečnik Monument.
IN THE LAND OF HAYRACKS
The cycling route leads you from Dolsko to Šmartno pri Litiji, to Gabrovka and Dol pri Litiji and ends in Šentrupert. It is 73 kilometres long and can be cycled in 3.5 hours. The path is paved and of hard difficulty.
Starting at the parking place in front of the Dolsko Cultural Centre, the route takes you towards Ljubljana via Dolsko, turning left towards Laze over the Sava Bridge. The road branches right towards Podgrad and runs alongside the railway line Zidani Most-Ljubljana. In the meantime, you can observe the confluence of three rivers – the Ljubljanica, the Sava and the Kamniška Bistrica. In Podgrad by the Pecelj Inn, turn left into the underpass below the railway and continue through the valley of the stream Besnica all the way to the pass on Veliko Trebeljevo. After a climb, the winding road turns slightly downhill, taking you to Šmartno pri Litiji. The road gradually turns uphill all the way to the pass Javorski Pil, offering an overwhelming view over Moravče, Gabrovka and Moravška Gora, full of vineyards and vineyard cottages. After a downhill grade to Moravče, the route turns more steeply uphill via the settlement Dole pri Litiji, reaching its highest point (760 m). After an 8-km-long descent, head downhill for another 450 m towards Strmec and you are already in the valley. After a few hundred metres, you will reach the square in Šentrupert.
CYCLING RECREATIONALLY IN THE HEART OF SLOVENIA
The cycling route that connects Kamnik, Dol pri Ljubljani, Litija and Lukovica is 90 kilometres long, and can be cycled in 5 hours. The path is paved and of hard difficulty.
The road cycling route starts in the town Kamnik and passes the botanical garden Arboretum Volčji Potok through Radomlje and Ihan all the way to the main road Ljubljana-Litija, which needs to be crossed in Videm. Continue through Dol pri Ljubljani to Dolsko where you will turn right towards Laze and cross the bridge over the River Sava. Then cycle alongside the River Sava and the railway line all the way to Kresnice. On reaching Kresnice, head towards the bridge onto the main road Ljubljana-Litija, cycling to Zgornji Hotič and turning left towards Vače. Reaching the pass between Vače and Slivna, turn right towards Kandrše, head downhill, then join onto the regional road Moravče-Zagorje on the right. In Izlake, the route turns more steeply uphill towards the Trojane hill. Head back along the regional road through the valley Črni graben to Blagovica and then to Lukovica. Descend all the way to Dob where you will turn right towards Radomlje and return past the botanical garden Arburetum Volčji potokto the starting point at the square Glavni trg in Kamnik.
ALONG THE LEVSTIK TRAIL TOWARDS ŠENTRUPERT
The cycling route partly runs along the Levstik path and ends in Šentrupert. It is 32 kilometres long and can be cycled in 2 hours. Part of the path is paved, part macadam, and part leads through a forest path. The path is of medium difficulty.
The cycling route starts in the old town centre of Litija and takes you to Breg pri Litiji. Turn right before the bridge over the stream Jablaniški potok and cycle past the industrial zone. After 100 m, you will come to the beginning of the hiking trail to Tisje. The first part of the trail is very steep, then a gently sloping cart track follows and takes you up the rising ridge. Cross the road Mala Kostrevnica-Cerovica and keep following the cart track along the ridge. On reaching Grmadca, join the road towards Jelša. The road descends here but you will follow the cart track taking you straight across the meadow to the settlement Bič. Join the road here and cycle up to Liberga and on to Preska nad Kostrevnico. Continue in the same direction to the top of Grmada. Turn left and go past the settlement Cerovec and on to the pass Javorski Pil. Cross the regional road Litija-Gabrovka and carry straight on towards Javorje pri Gabrovki and via Velika Goba to Čeplje. Leaving Čeplje, you will descend into the valley of the stream Bistrica, turn sharply right and descend again along the cart track alongside the stream. The route climbs towards Hude Ravne and descends again into the valley of the stream Bistrica. Follow the road leading you to Šentrupert alongside the stream.
ABOVE THE SITARJEVEC MINE
The cycling path above the Sitarjevec mine is 20 kilometres long, and can be cycled in 1.5 hours. Part of the path is paved, part macadam, and part of it leads through a forest path. The path is of medium difficulty.
The starting point is at the square Valvazorjev trg in Litija. The route runs from the parking place by St. Nicholas’s Church along the narrow asphalt road and up the hill Sitarjevec. On reaching the settlement Podsitarjevec, continue towards Zavrstnik, turn right uphill and onto the macadam road taking you to the top of the SItarjevec hill. Descend towards the North, turn left at the first turning and traverse along the trail towards the hill Oblakov hrib. On reaching the pass, turn left at the crossroads and then right onto the cart track, bringing you onto the macadam road. At the crossroads, cycle straight up, past the Arh Farm and follow the forest trail along the ridge. The route takes you past the Šmic Farm, straight on at the crossroads and past the Omahen estate. Then the trail turns more steeply uphill, taking you under the hill Kamplov hrib. Turn left at the crossroads and cycle to the Tinček Farm. Follow the macadam road along the ridge towards the hill Janče. You will join the asphalt road in Tuji Grm which will bring you to the hill Janče. Leaving Janče, you will descend along the asphalt road towards the North. At the first sharp turn, go straight onto the byway taking you along the ridge and past the farms Tončk and Hribovec. Turn left by the Jernač Farm and follow the road signs which will bring you to Laze. You can return to Litija by train.
GOING TO THE MOUNTAIN ZASAVSKA SVETA TO SEE THE VIEW
The cycling route from Litija to Zasavska Sveta gora is 17 kilometres long, and can be cycled in 1 – 1.5 hours. Part of the path is paved, part macadam, and part of it goes through a forest path. The route is highly difficult and the last part is slightly dangerous. If you are not very well trained and skilful enough, we suggest you get off the bike and walk that part by foot.
The route starts in the old part of Litija. Cross the River Sava and turn right after crossing the bridge. After 4 km of cycling, you will reach Ponoviče Castle. Continue to the settlement Mačkovina, at the crossroads turn left and cycle through the valley of the stream Vidrnica. When the road turns right uphill, cycle alongside the stream on the macadam road. At the crossroads, remains of the mill Piškov mlin are visible. Soon you will reach the restored castle mill. At the junction, turn right uphill to the meadow. You are approaching the homestead by the Ljubek Castle. Continue uphill and join onto the asphalt road, turning left at the sign. Follow the asphalt road, in Vače turn right towards Klenik and cycle along the macadam road past Cvetež and Vovše. In Vovše, there is a well-preserved stone pigsty which is a protected cultural monument. On leaving Vovše, join the cart track uphill towards the mountain Zasavska Sveta gora. Follow the road taking you to the top.
ADVENTUROUS ASCENTS IN THE HEART OF SLOVENIA
The cycling route along the left and right banks of the Sava River in the municipality of Litija is 31 kilometres long, and can be cycled in 2.5 hours. Part of the path is paved, part macadam, and part of it runs through a forest. The path is of harder difficulty.
Start in Litija and cycle along the byway on the right bank alongside the River Sava towards Podšentjur. When the road crosses the stream at the Beden Farm, turn left by the stream. At the first junction, turn sharply right uphill towards Veliki Vrh. At the end of the village, turn right and join onto the steep cart track taking you north of Veliki Vrh to the sign at the other side of the hill. Continue along the ridge towards the Kofelač Farm. On joining the asphalt road, turn right and descend towards Kresniški Vrh. When the road turns right, cycle straight ahead on the cart track. On reaching the road again, cross it and continue downhill. This trail is very challenging, for that reason you can cycle along the local road as well. In Kresnice, cross the River Sava and turn left onto the main road Litija-Ljubljana. Soon, turn right uphill towards the village Dešen. Turn right once again and traverse the slope. Continue past Zapodje, through Mala Sela and Močila towards the pass Klanec. Part of the route from Klanec to Vače is very challenging, for that reason you can also continue along the road there. Descend from Vače to Ržišče and at the sharp right turn, cycle straight onto the forest trail taking you via Kržac to the village Konj. Descend further towards the pass, crossing the local road Hotič-Ponoviče. Continue on the cart track straight uphill along the ridge. Shortly below the peak of the hill Strešni vrh, cycle along the contour line past the peak. By the bench below the hill Strešni vrh, descend right downhill along the Forest Learning Trail into Litija.
CYCLING THROUGH HEAVEN
The cycling route, which starts and ends in Šentrupert, leads you to Dol pri Litiji and is 37 kilometres long. It can be cycled in 3 hours. Part of the road is paved and part is macadam, and the difficulty level is hard.
The route runs from the square in Šentrupert along the main road towards the village Slovenska vas and on to the hill Vesela gora, past the Barbo Manor and the Church of St. Francis Xavier to Škrljevo. One of the oldest castles in Slovenia is situated here. On crossing the small bridge in the village, turn left, then continue through the village and uphill to the forest clearing. Amongst meadows, turn right at the first crossroads, coming to the village Draga. Turn left onto the main road and, after a few metres, turn right in the middle of the village. Descend to the stream Bistrica, turning left at the fishery. Continue along the macadam road, which turns into asphalt after about 3 km and then steeply uphill, climbing all the way to Dole pri Litiji. Turn right at the church and climb to the crossroads where you will turn sharply right towards the village Kal pri Dolah. Continue along the main road past the villages Dobavica and Radgonica to Prelesje, where you will turn left onto the macadam road, slightly descending. At the next junction, turn left and cycle past the village Ježevec and through the forest. After descending along the macadam road, you will reach the junction where you will turn right and pass the abandoned quarry in Kostanjevica. Descend into the valley, where you wil turn left onto the asphalt road and cycle uphill (18% grade). On reaching the top, turn left towards Nebesa (direction Viher). At the top of the hill, turn right (sign Nebesa Farm) onto the macadam road and continue to the clearing Nebesa (= heaven). Return along the asphalt road. On descending to the pasture, turn left where the road turns into macadam for a short while. After a slight climb, turn right onto the asphalt road towards Hrastno and then head into the valley, turning right at the small stream. At the top of the burial mound, turn right into the village Kamnje, then descend to the starting point in Šentrupert.
CYCLING ASCENT OF THREE MUNICIPALITIES TO DOLE PRI LITIJI: RADEČE, LITIJA, TREBNJE
Enthusiastic cyclists can ascend to Dole pri Litiji from three directions: from Litija, Radeče and Trebnje.
The cycling ascent begins from all three municipalities. In Litija, the route starts in the parking lot of the Tennis Club AS, in Radeče it starts at the square, in Trebnje in the park in Trebnje and in Mokronog from the parking lot near the municipality. The destination of the route is Dole pri Litiji.