Trail nr. 9: Trail along the Idrijca River
HIKING AND CYCLING TRAILS
Spodnja Idrija lies in the extended valley of the Idrijca river, above the confluence of the Idrijca and Kanomljica rivers.
The main factors that have shaped the town, its surroundings, and the lives of the inhabitants throughout history, are the surrounding hills and the relentless flow of the Idrijca River. The influence of the Idrijca River is clear from the local legend about a fish singing on a poplar tree.
Numerous peaks with a view rise above Spodnja Idrija. Trails leading to them invite hikers in all seasons. During the spring months, the steep slopes of Jelenk are in bloom with the blossoms of the local endemic plant: the Carniolan primrose.
This small, but very hospitable town is perfect for enthusiasts for outdoor activities and culinary delights. Take in the beauty of the crystal clear Idrijca river and taste the delicious štruklji (ricotta rolls) prepared by the housewives of Spodnja Idrija.
Take a walk along the favorite hiking trail of the Spodnja Idrija locals: along the road on the left bank of the Idrijca River, which used to be the main road between Spodnja Idrija (known by the locals as “Fara”) and the Tolmin region.
Reaching the starting point: From Ljubljana, take the road to Idrija. When you reach Idrija, take a right turn at the third crossing with traffic lights toward Spodnja Idrija (4 km). At the beginning of Spodnja Idrija, before the bridge that crosses the Idrijca River (next to the store) take a right turn and park at the parking lot next to the Spodnja Idrija House of Culture.
Trail description: From the old town center below the pilgrim Church of Our Lady of Assumption (or Mary-on-the-Rock) take the old road to Kanomlja past the chapels. At the confluence of the Idrijca and Kanomljica rivers, cross the suspension bridge. Take a right turn and leave the industrial area. Follow the signs for the hiking trail Pod gričem and always keep to the lower (right) trails along the Idrijca River. The path will lead you past the Svetlik farm, large meadows and ravines all the way to a wooden bridge that leads across the Idrijca river. Return to the starting point the same way.