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Kanomlja is a long valley in the breaking zone of the famous Idrija Fault carved deeply into the surrounding hills. At the North-East side there are the sunny hillsides of the Krnice ridge, strewn with numerous farms, on the other side the valley is bordered by the steep hillsides of the Vojsko plateau.

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Kanomlja – the valley of the Idrija Fault

Kanomlja – the valley of the Idrija Fault

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Kanomlja is a long valley in the breaking zone of the famous Idrija Fault carved deeply into the surrounding hills. At the North-East side there are the sunny hillsides of the Krnice ridge, strewn with numerous farms, on the other side the valley is bordered by the steep hillsides of the Vojsko plateau.

You start your trip at the Ribogojnica (fishery). Turn towards Vojsko (by car or bike) and follow the road signs for Ovčjaške klavže, also known as Kanomeljske Klavže (Kanomlja water barriers). After about 3 km you arrive at the parking place at Lahajše (there's a road barrier there, preventing you to continue by car). From here you walk just about a kilometre to Ovčjaške klavže, built in the time of Napoleon's Illyrian Provinces. From here you can continue towards the Ovčjaški slap waterfall – the walk takes only about 10 minutes. The crumbly dolomite cliffs at the stream bed under the waterfall are home to many well known Alpine plants found in the rock cracks of the Alps.

Return using the same way to the road towards the Vojsko plateau (Hum) and continue along this road to the Ivaniš farm, where you can see a forge and the forging work process. Continue the way and after a few hundred metres turn left towards the homestead at Šturmajce. Beside the amazing frescoes decorating the exterior of the house, the current householders have ensured that the interior of the house has also kept its authentic look of a farm house from the first half of the 20th century.

On your way back to the valley, make a stop at Klemenčič, where a rich collection of minerals, ore, fossils and rock types gathered with great love and enthusiasm by an amateur collector, former miner at the Idrija mine, Janez Klemenčič. The most notable are numerous cinnabar ores.
Return back to the main road and continue your way along the Kanomlja valley to the house in Ilova grapa, Gorenja Kanomlja 2. Here you can go to the entrance to the ravine »V Klamah« which has been carved into the karstic limestone. The ravine is 300 m long and hard to go through. At the entrance into the ravine, on the left side of the river bed, there is a sinkhole into which a large part of the Kanomljica disappears. It emerges back to daylight in the mighty and permanent karstic spring at Šinkovčeva žaga (Šinkovec sawmill).

Starting point: Ribogojnica (Sr. Kanomlja) (fishery at Srednja Kanomlja)
Length: 9,5 km
Cycling time: 1 h; Walking time: 5 h
Difficulty: difficult cycling route (easy walking route)
Elevation: 409 m

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