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In the middle of wavy landscape lies the old village Zavratec, a farming settlement, where many houses are decorated by the artistically carved portals. In the centre of the village at Možinot stands the restored farming granary and the so called 'pajštu' – for drying fruit. The baroque church on the hill is dedicated to St. Urh, dating back to the year 1647 as the inscription above the entrance tells. It looks on to the neighbouring church of St. Thomas at Vrsnik and the Vrh Sv. Treh Kraljev (Church of the Holy Magi).

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Around the Zavratec plateau

Around the Zavratec plateau

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In the middle of wavy landscape lies the old village Zavratec, a farming settlement, where many houses are decorated by the artistically carved portals. In the centre of the village at Možinot stands the restored farming granary and the so called 'pajštu' – for drying fruit. The baroque church on the hill is dedicated to St. Urh, dating back to the year 1647 as the inscription above the entrance tells. It looks on to the neighbouring church of St. Thomas at Vrsnik and the Vrh Sv. Treh Kraljev (Church of the Holy Magi).

From Zavratec go down to Spodnji Zavratec (Lower Zavratec). Along the road in the east-west direction there are deep holes in the ground – 'rupe' (Zajčja rupa, Konjska rupa) and sinkholes, all of which emerged at the powerful break active in mid Triassic 220 million years ago. In the hillside to the north of these holes one can find unusually constructed conglomerate with red or yellow sand binder, giving the soil a reddish colour. Before the farm Lom turn to a good gravel road to the hamlet Sopot at the Sovra and The Rovtarska Sora confluence. Just a few hundred metres lower along Sovra opens a view to the picturesque rock face with six entrances to the well known cave Tomaževe kamre (Tomaž's rooms) on the left bank of the Sovra.

During excavations here, they unearthed bones of the cave bear, bisons, wolves and elk as well as the remains of stone tools of the Ice age hunters. The findings are approximately 50,000 years old and are considered to be the oldest in the Gorenjska region.

Continue the pleasant trip along the narrow valley of the Sovra. In the rock faces along the wall you can observe various types of rock. Especially interesting are the colourful ladinian layers in the first road turning under the Tomaževe kamre caves. Continue your way towards Podklanec. At the end of the short, but pleasantly flat valley spring two might sources. In their surroundings you can observe the typical geological construction – badly porous rocks are here bent in the shape of the letter U; in the lowest part water springs out. It is said that drops of mercury were once found in the left source – that is why it is called 'živosrebrni izvir' (the mercury source). From Podklanec turn along the new road, carved into marly limestone with fossils of seashells, upward to Ravne pri Žireh. Take a moment at the monument to the fallen partisans, the memorial of World War 2, and across the meadow and rare forest continue along a gravel road to Buhčeve rupe hiding the unique Tomaževa miza (Tomaž's table).

In a small ravine in the middle of the forest stands a naturally shaped giant stone table. About a metre thick rock plate stands on a lower, also rock base. The table, just like its surroundings, is built from the mid-Triassic anisian dolomite. The table's plate is independent and is not firmly connected to the base. It is about 3 metres tall and the plate is about 5 m in diameter. You can test your strength by gently swinging the stone table plate.

Above the table, at Mali Kovk several bunkers of the Italian defense system Alpine wall have been preserved. The pleasant path under Kovk, past Zakov kand the source of Trovtov Raskovec brings you to Dolenje Dole. Before the Poštarčkova jama (Postman's cave), at the homestead Bevk take the gravel road which brings you to the edge of the Dole plateau after about a kilometre.

When the road ends step through the bush to the edge of Hrečevec crag, which, about 80 meters below the wall hides the source of the Črna with an underwater siphon. At »mali Hrečevec« (the little Hrečevec) opens a beautiful view over the valley Črna, toward Žirovski vrh and Sveti Trije Kralji (The Holy Magi).

Close to the road in Gornje Dole lies the entrance to the otherwise hard to access cave Poštarčkova jama ('the Postman's cave) which occurred in conglomerate, which is a rare sight. A few hundred metres ahead toward Mravljišče, a swampy meadow spreads on the right side of the road. Here, the famous miners' doctor J.A. Scopoli did his botanical research. In this place he uncovered a special kind of fern – kačji jezik (snake's tongue). The modest plant grows on this swampy meadow even today – after 250 years.

From the top of Mravljiš go down the Italian made serpentines toward Zavratec. Along the way on the left Čemunski vrh greets you, and before Zavratec, also Italian military structures (caverns) along the way.

Starting point: Zavratec
Length: 16,3 km
Cycling time: 1 h 30 min
Difficulty: Hard
Elevation: 352,3 m

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