Karst while we still have it
It was not until I started biking in the Karst area that I
realized the vulnerability of nature in a large scale.
Highways literally wipe out huge areas of land. When we
drive along the highway, we can't see its width, because
of the speed. But when you bike along a highway, you just
can't believe it. Highways are so wide. They just cut
through the land, slicing it in two separate peaces. Poor
animals! But that's not all. There are also power lines
webbing the land from the air. This is so true especially
for the area of Senadole, where this trail is located.
Senozece is a
smaller town along the main motor way from inland to the
seaside, 70 km south of Ljubljana.
Let me first warn you that
orientation is quite difficult and sometimes uncertain,
because cart tracks are mostly grassy and therefore they
hardly differ from the surroundings. Well, in the case you
get lost, there is no need for any concern or panic, since
the whole area of the trail is surrounded by local asphalt
roads that connect villages and would get you safely back
to the starting point as well. But do not forget to take a
map with you! At first there is a nice local side road
that takes you from Senozece to a small village called
Potoce. Then after crossing wide meadows, you slowly
descent into Senadole valley. There are some nice cart
tracks and a singletrack at the end of the valley. The
later is in fact a horse ride track. From the village of
Storje you start returning back to the starting point.
There is an easy climb over to the villages of Podbreze
and Brestovica. This is the area where it might be
difficult to find the right way. You can get from Podbreze
to Brestovica over the village of Povir in any case, on
the local asphalt road. Then there is a long steady climb,
not too steep, to Cebulovica, where you cross the highway.
The last part takes you to the crossing below Mt.
Vremscica, and from there via Gabrce back to Senozece.
The whole area is well covered
with macadam roads and cart tracks. Therefore there are
endless possibilities to explore. In addition there is
also a network of way
marked trails for bikers in the Karst area.
A) If you want to avoid
going under and over the highway, then you can start the
tour at no. 9. When coming back, turn left at no. 42 in
B1) Many can be
bothered by the fact that there is a descent at the
beginning and ascent at the end, which is quite the
opposite as usual. If you are one of them, then start the
tour in Storje (no. 24).
B2) You can also avoid
highway in this case - at no. 41 go straight on and down
the hill on macadam road to Senadole (see the map).
C) You can also start
in Dolenja vas, which can also be nice starting point. In
this case you join the trail at no. 8.