From the city to nature
The starting point of this cycling route is in Tacen in the car park which can be reached by city bus (no. 8 or 15) and is known mainly to hikers to Šmarna gora.
Hop on your bike, say, 'Let's follow the Sava to Kranj and back!', and hurry up towards Vikrče. On your way to Kranj, you'll cycle through the villages on the left bank of the River Sava, so don't turn towards Medvode in Spodnje Pirniče but go straight on to Smlednik. This stretch of the route, from Pirniče to Smlednik, is absolutely fascinating. A lovely asphalt road through forests and past a golf course slightly ascends and brings you to Smlednik . You can decide either to ascend the Old Castle (steep macadam slope), or take a look at the Kalvarija Hill and Lazarini Castle .
If you aren't willing to stop at this point, continue towards the River Sava, and at the beginning of Smlednik, turn left and go downhill towards and past a big church and drive from Smlednik to the main road for Medvode, where you turn left again. (If you miss the turn for a shortcut at the beginning of Smlednik, never mind. Along the main road from Smlednik, you'll get to the crossroads before Valburga just the same. There, turn left towards Zbilje and Medvode.) But you won't drive along this road for long. So pay attention. After several hundreds of metres, the road turns left at the end of the fields, down the hill and across the bridge over the River Sava. The decision was to cycle along the left bank of the River Sava on the way to Kranj, so reduce your speed at this turn, and when you see the signpost to Dragočajna and Camp Smlednik at the crossroads, turn sharply right.
A beautiful view of the mountains in the distance
Go past the Kanu Hotel at the beginning of Dragočajna. The road then meanders through the village, but you can't get lost, only mind the traffic on the narrow road. You can't drive along the river on the way from Dragočajna to Moše, so turn right onto the main road, then turn left, and a few tens of metres further on, turn left again as dictated by the signpost to Moše. The next village on this route is Trboje, which can also be reached along the main road past Moše, but since Moše is such a lovely village, it would be a shame not to drive through it, and you avoid traffic at the same time. Behind the fire station, there's a turn to the right, but you turn left to the centre of the old part of the village and go past the modest Church of St. Michael. The River Sava, which is, at this point, held back by the dam of the Mavčiče Hydroelectric Power Plant, is below you . Behind the dam, Lake Trboje was formed, which can be seen from the observation deck and, if you feel like it, you may go as far as the water surface. But on foot, please!Drive up the hill next to the River Sava or lake to the end of the village to a short, one kilometre long, stretch of a macadam road. You'll be shaken up a bit, but not as badly as if you were electrified (you can avoid this road, which is really not in such a bad state, by driving back to the main road from Moše). Across the fields and through forests, there is constantly a lovely view of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps along the route. Macadam ends at the beginning of Trboje.
Through the villages by the lake to Kranj
In Trboje, go towards the church, then around it and you'll reach the crossroads, where the stop sign will make you stop. You'd get here from the right, if you chose the main road in Dragočajna. If you went straight on, you'd go towards Voklo...and on and on. But because you continue along the River Sava, turn left. Until now, you've had a view of the mountains in the distance, but now you can see a lake on the left and a boathouse by the lake, where you can rent a boat and add variety to your cycling trip by paddling. On the tranquil surface of Lake Trboje you can admire a mirror image of the village on the opposite bank . You'll drive through the villages on the opposite bank of the River Sava later on your way back to Ljubljana, but now just continue towards Kranj. You soon come to the villages of Žerjavka, Prebačevo and Hrastje, and to the outskirts of Kranj. Go straight on through Čirče, cross the main road at the traffic lights, and go past the shopping centre and dairy towards the centre. What do you say about visiting it as it's quite interesting and you'll also find that it isn't just Prešeren's town ? If you do decide to see the numerous sights in the centre of Kranj, go straight on to the bridge over the River Kokra and you're there. At the next traffic lights, our route turns left and goes down the hill along Smledniška and Savska roads. On the way across the bridge over the River Kokra, you can peek at the canyon of this river , which flows into the River Sava on the other side of the bridge. A bit further on, turn left onto the bridge over the River Sava at the roundabout next to the Sava Bridge. At the first crossroads on the other side of the bridge, turn right and stick to your right to an underpass under the bridge you've just crossed. Go along the River Sava towards Drulovka, where a slight slope awaits for a change. When you reach the top, turn right.
Through the villages on the right bank of the River Sava
You're already halfway through the route. The settlement of Breg ob Savi offers an inn with a big garden, which is obviously a popular resting place, judging by the number of cyclists gathering their strength.
There! You've got some new energy, now hurry on up. The next villages are called Jama and Praše, which was also the home of Simon Jenko, the poet, for some years. Both villages are very old and were first mentioned over seven hundred years ago. Until Jama, the River Sava flows through a gorge, which widens to a lake before the village. In Praše, there's an interesting peninsula which stretches deep into Lake Trboje and offers a nice view of Trboje and Mavčiče.
After a short uninhabited stretch, you'll find yourself in Mavčiče after which the power plant you've visited in Moše was named. At the end of the village, you can take another look at it from a distance. Up to Mavčiče, the villages were stringed one after another, but now you can cycle in nature, across fields and through forests.
After a pleasant stretch of the road, you'll arrive to the settlement of Podreča and then Zbilje. There you'll find the next dammed lake on the River Sava and a popular hiking spot. You can reach Lake Zbilje and some good inns with a varied offer by the lake, if you turn left at the first crossroads in Zbilje, go down the hill and, shortly afterwards, turn right. Leave Zbilje on the road leading through the forest towards Medvode.
Meandering through Medvode
Some 30 kilometres are behind you, when you reach a roundabout on the top of the slope before Medvode. The cycle lane runs through an underpass under the roundabout. On the opposite side, orientation training or meandering the streets awaits in a section of several hundreds of metres. In order for you not to search for the right path for too long, here's a detailed description: from the underpass, drive straight on for about a hundred metres, then turn left into Svetje just before the school, and turn left again at the end of the street. At the next crossroads, turn right and descend along the main road towards the River Sora. At the crossroads before the football pitch, turn left into the underpass and continue past the shopping centre. Before the building of the Municipality of Medvode and library, turn right across the bridge over the River Sora, which flows into the River Sava soon after the bridge on your left. Medvode (between waters) was named considering its location between the rivers Sora and Sava. From this bridge, it's sometimes interesting to see the number of fishermen testing their skills and luck. Immediately after the bridge, turn left past the pizza restaurant and police station. At the end of the street, turn right and continue to the traffic lights for pedestrians and cyclists. When the green light flashes, cross the Gorenjska Road, and go straight on for about 50 metres, and then turn left before the railway to a short macadam road passing by tennis courts and a petrol station. Go along this road to the traffic lights and level crossing, where you turn right across the railroad and then immediately turn left towards Medno. Medvode is behind you now, and there will be a lot less cruising and sharp turns from now on. Continue along the railroad until you reach a right turn in the middle of which you turn left across the bridge. Then press you pedals a little harder up a gentle slope, which ends at the Medno Hotel . The hotel restaurant offers tasty food and drink, and also a nice view of Gorenjska and the villages you've just cycled through.
Rally in Vižmarje
From the hotel, continue along the edge of the forest and, before you reach a very busy main road, turn right into Medno and continue towards Stanežiče. After a little less than two kilometres, you'll reach Stanežiče. After a bushy linden at the beginning of the village and before the slope, turn left onto the macadam road, go down the hill past the sandpits and through the underpass under the road and railroad to the other side towards the River Sava. But don't go all the way. Turn right in the forest, then go straight on or left along a harder road until you reach the asphalt road in Brod. A few hundreds of metres on the right, in the middle of the fields before Vižmarje, there is a monument to the largest Slovenian rally which was attended by some 30,000 people on 17 May 1869.
Continue straight on across the crossroads. You're almost at the end. The route goes past the rapids on the River Sava where the competition track for canoe slalom is located. The first canoe slalom took place here in 1939, and before that, people raced on the left bank of the River Sava, where a mill was located. Go along the river for several hundred metres and you'll reach Tacen road, where you turn left towards the Tacen Bridge over the River Sava at the traffic lights. From the bridge, you'll see the old Brod Hydroelectric Power Plant from 1922 on your left. Once you get off the bridge, the car park, the starting point of today's trip up and down along the River Sava, is on your left.
Is the car park crowded? Don't be surprised, you know, why. A look at today's metre: 39 kilometres. Not bad.