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The Zgodnja Idrijca landscape park is a world of solitary paths, wild ravines and rich forest as well as amazing technical heritage. The diverse landscape carved by the Idrijca and the Belca with their affluents uncovers ravines, geological strata cuts, numerous waterfalls, picturesque pools, and sources of excellent water. Another typical feature is the interchanging of permeable (porous) and impermeable rock of various structure, hardness, age, colour and shape with traces of ancient life. In the porous rock various Karst features have developed, but we can also find magmatic rock, testifying about the volcanic activity in the distant past.

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The Zgornja Idrijca landscape park

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  • Phone: +386 (0)5 374 39 16
  • E-mail: tic@visit-idrija.si
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The Zgodnja Idrijca landscape park is a world of solitary paths, wild ravines and rich forest as well as amazing technical heritage. The diverse landscape carved by the Idrijca and the Belca with their affluents uncovers ravines, geological strata cuts, numerous waterfalls, picturesque pools, and sources of excellent water. Another typical feature is the interchanging of permeable (porous) and impermeable rock of various structure, hardness, age, colour and shape with traces of ancient life. In the porous rock various Karst features have developed, but we can also find magmatic rock, testifying about the volcanic activity in the distant past.

All this diversity in one place, together with the intertwining of the Mediterranean and Alpine climate helps towards the variety of plant and animal life. The steep hillsides above the Idrijca and Belca riverbeds are covered with forest that offered an important raw material and energy source for the mining operation.

Today, they play an economical, biotopical and preservative role. The river Idrijca, which gives the park its name, springs under Mrzla Rupa at the margin of the Vojsko plateau. It is one of the cleanest and most attractive rivers for fishing.

Let's get to know the landscape park together – on foot, by bike, or we can drive some of the longest routes by car.

The starting point of the round tour which can be taken by bike, car (van) or small bus is Podroteja, two kilometres south of Idrija. For starters, you can visit the Sources in Podroteja, which never dry up. At the very beginning of the Strug ravine, the Divje jezero lake (The Wild lake) is beckoning you to make a stop. This is one of the most recognizable features of the park. Just a few hundred metres ahead you can see the Tectonic window Strug – golica, where the rocks don't follow the geological time order – try to figure out why! About half way towards Idrijska Bela, where the ravine Strug becomes the narrowest, the climbing centre Strug invites all those who enjoy rock climbing. In the summer time, the natural swimming pool Lajšt invites the visitors and the locals to enjoy the pristine nature, recreation and good tourist offers.

Lajšt is an excellent starting point to continue your way along the Idrijca or the Belca valley, or a round tour of both valleys. In the Belca valley you will first encounter the so called Babji zob (Old Wives' tooth), a solitary dolomite rock. A couple of hundred metres ahead you can quench your thirst at the spring at the religious Marker under Tršanovše. Further along the way, the mighty Belca and Putrih klavže (water barriers) attract the visitors' attention. These water barriers were used to float wood for the needs of the mine and the town down the river.

When you reach Krekovše, you can continue your way towards Čekovnik, where you can see the geologically exceptional Tratnikove usade (small landslides) under the Tratnik farm. From here it is not possible to continue the way, due to a landslide which destroyed part of the road, therefore turn back and follow the new forest road to Knipajz, where you will, with a bit of luck, find the Triassic megalodonite shells (Tradomegalodon idrianus), named after Idrija. From here on, you can go down towards Bela in the Idrijca valley, where you can se the idrijski lauf (forest railway used to drive wood to the river bed) and Bučke or kotlice (water pools).

The road Krekovše – Vojsko is closed due to a landslide below the Tratnik farm. The sights in the upper part of the Idrijca can be accessed from Čekovnik (or from the N-E side). First you reach the Idrijske klavže water barriers. Lower down the road you can see the wonderfully colourful ladinian beds under Rižnikar. From here you return back to Čekovnik.

The Zgornja Idrijca is the site of many special plants of the Idrija flora. The most important botanical treasure of these steep hillsides is the idrijski jeglič (Primula venusta) which got its name after our town.

ATTENTION! The road from Krekovše – Vojsko is impassable below the Tratnik farm.

Starting point: Podroteja
Length: 20,7 km
Cycling time: 2 h 10 min
Difficulty: hard cycling route
Elevation: 350,8 m

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