Park + ride
The tour begins at the P+R car park in Dolgi most in Vič, where we may safely leave our motor friend and switch to the foot operated aluminium means of transport. This is also the final stop of the city bus no. 6.
Drive along the old road towards Vrhnika and turn right onto Ključ Road soon after the second highway overpass. There is no cycle lane here but the road is not too busy. It ends at the crossroads where you turn towards Dobrova. Just before the crossroads, Bokalce Castle comes into view. But more on that castle later. Continue towards Dobrova , go past it to Šujica, and turn right at the Pr' Prek Snack Bar towards Šentvid. Go past the fields and you'll come to the edge of Stranska vas with the Utik Hill rising above it. The settlement of Podutik was named after this hill.
Tošč and its forehead
To this point, the route ran on a plain but here ascents start. At the beginning, the road ascends gradually with a bit more effort required at hairpin bends which are close to Preval where the ascent temporarily ends. In Preval, turn left and continue towards the Toško čelo along a asphalt road, which gently slopes at first but then it gets steeper and steeper. The road runs constantly through the forest. At weekends, it's very busy with many hikers, cyclists and cars. When you reach the Toško čelo , you can treat yourself to a refreshment at the Bitenc Inn , as the steep slope temporarily reached its end.
From the Toško čelo , make your way towards Topol through the Polhov Gradec Dolomites Landscape Park , which was proclaimed as such in 1974. The road narrows and asphalt is substituted by a nicely maintained macadam . Take advantage of and gather some speed during the first descent as a steep slope follows soon with extensively damaged carriageway. After that, it's down again and up again...and so on. When you reach the ridge, the road starts descending and a view of the central part of the Polhov Gradec Dolomites opens up. The name is a combination of the name of the administrative centre, Polhov Gradec, and the rock the range is made of (dolomite). The quarries along the road, where gravel for road maintenance is excavated, remind you that the name is quite appropriate. Dolomite (calcium magnesium carbonate) is a sedimentary rock which is formed in seas.
The road descends to the beginning of the Topol settlement. The original name of the settlement was Sv. Katarina nad Medvodami. It was changed to Topol in 1955 but most people still refer to it as Katarina.
Before you reach the beginning of the settlement, the Jetrbenk Hill (774 m) with its characteristic conical shape comes into view on the right side. Through Topol, you arrive to the crossing with the main road (738 m) where you turn right up the hill. Drive past the Church of St. Catherine , . If you wish to visit Jetrbenk Castle, this is also the right direction. Topol is a very popular place with tourists as it's the perfect starting point and finish so it's no wonder that this small settlement has so many inns. Continue your way along the steep asphalt road past the the Pr' Jur Inn and Na vihri Inn towards north (direction Tehovec). If you didn't stop at the Dobnikar Inn , , you still have two chances of refreshment before descending towards the valley.
... and Jakob
Behind the Na vihri Inn, asphalt ends again and well maintained macadam continues . As soon as you exit the forest, a view of the idyllic Church of St. James, situated atop of a pointed hill, opens up at the hamlet. This church is not the same as the one under Jetrbenk although it bears the same name. If time is on your side, you may wish to visit the church, it's really worth it. It's possible to reach the church by bike, but it's more appropriate to leave it at the foot of the hill and continue on foot in order not to disturb numerous hikers. The Church of St. James on an 806 m high eponymous hill dates back to the 17th century. It was badly damaged in the earthquake of 1895, and then rebuilt in 1898. Return the same way.
Double views ,
Continue the descent and where the road branches off towards Brezovica, go straight on towards Tehovec . The route slightly descends towards the Church of St. Florian in Tehovec , which was first mentioned in 1548. Next to the church, there is also an interesting sign erected by hunters in memory of their comrades . Continue along a steep slope through the settlement. There is little space for the road, let alone houses, so the road runs literally across courtyards and past front doors. The descent continues and when you pass the last houses, a church can be noticed in the middle of the forest. It is the Church of St. Margaret in Žlebe with the aforementioned Jetrbenk towering above it. St. Margaret is depicted with a defeated dragon at her feet; no wonder, then, that the church dedicated to her was erected on the very spot of a prehistoric fort. It seems as a symbolic victory of religion over paganism.
Towards the Sora Plain
As you exit the forest, you reach the settlement of Studenčice through which the road meanders to the valley. When you get to the valley, pay attention! Just after the sign marking the end of Studenčice , turn right into the forest to a narrow asphalt road with a barely visible sign 'Žlebe'. Go through the forest and somewhat uphill until you reach the right hairpin bend where you branch off to the left to a macadam road straight towards houses (northbound). Continue past the houses and through a pleasant forest until you reach a crossing with another, wider macadam road. Turn left here and descend through the forest for a kilometre or so. Suddenly, the forest ends. You lay your eyes on the Sora Plain and the settlement of Preska , . It feels as though you have just come out of a tunnel . On asphalt again, descend to the elementary school, turn sharply right towards east and then across a car park to the lower road. Keep right. You've reached the Sora Plain.
Plain at last
Drive past the Preska Insemination Centre towards a recreational area where the road narrows and becomes macadam . There are a lot of hikers and recreation enthusiasts so be careful. Somewhere in the middle of the meadows, you can see two big lindens by the road with a chapel, work of Jože Plečnik, placed between them. It is absolutely well worth seeing. Also interesting are the views of Šmarna gora, which is the only visible solitary hill and you can't miss it. Actually, this is the second summit, Grmada, as the first one, Šmarna gora, isn't visible from there. In the lower section of the slope, you may notice cliffs, which delight climbers (Turnc).
Continue along the macadam road to the settlement of Seničica , where our road joins the asphalt road from Žlebe. Keep left and descend towards Medno. As you come near the railway, turn right just before the first house and cross the bridge . Up a minor slope, and you'll reach Medno Hotel , where you can treat yourself to some refreshment. If you don't feel like it, continue past the hotel towards the settlement of Medno along the upper or right road. The lower, left road is the wrong one because it takes you to the main road. Continue towards Stanežiče through the settlement . The road is straight, but speed humps make sure you don't drive too fast. Pay more attention as you approach the Church of St. James , , the third one bearing this name.
Behind the church, turn right onto a narrow cycle lane and drive until you reach an asphalt road where you turn left towards east. Drive through Dvor to Gunclje. There are an American football field and golf course on the left. Turn right at the crossroads and the centre of Gunclje is not far away.
In Gunclje, you may visit the famous Krvin House from the 17th century with a stone entrance portal and beautifully painted façade. The chapel in the middle of the crossroads in front of the house is also interesting, and the Rajšp House a few metres on is from the same period.
Outskirts of the city
Turn left at the crossroads. Slowly (speed humps) drive to the place where bus no. 1 turns around and continue to the traffic lights crossing with Celovška Road. Continue on a neat cycle lane to the crossroads with Andrej Bitenc Road. Turn right, go up the hill for a bit and soon you'll cross the Kranj–Ljubljana motorway just after the Šentvid Tunnel.
Along Andrej Bitenc Road, drive through Pržan, past Kamna Gorica and through Dolnice to Glince, where you turn left towards Podutik onto Dolniška Road. This section runs through an interesting alley of old pear trees . At the fire station, turn right onto Kozak Street before the NOB (national liberation struggle) monument , and drive along this street to the quarry with an old brick lime kiln on the right . It was used to gain burnt lime or quicklime.
At the quarry, turn left onto the main road towards Podutik. The place used to be known for its stonecutters and some are still active today. In the centre of the settlement, turn right at the Etna Pizza Restaurant and then left after some 250 metres onto Mladinska Street.
Continue along this street across the meadows towards Grič . Leave behind a motorway base and police station , and when you reach the forest, turn right into another forest heading west just before the traffic lights crossing, and then immediately turn left. The asphalt road is very narrow and quite steep so watch out for the cars. When you reach the top, you catch sight of the Lesnina Brdo Commercial Centre and Nursing Home with a roundabout in front of them. Go past towards south.
The road slopes down and then you see Bokalce Castle , . Under the castle, turn left onto Vrhovci Road and continue along a motorway underpass past the Pečarič Inn . If you have problems with your bike, you may seek help at the bicycle repair shop in the immediate vicinity. The road has less traffic than the parallel Dolomiti odred Road and it soon brings you to the Origano Pizza Restaurant . Turn left onto the one-way Cesta na Vrhovce Road to the Žabar Inn , . Only a short way and level crossing away is Tržaška Road where the cycle lane takes you to the starting point P+R in Dolgi most.
You've enjoyed some beautiful views, breathed in fresh air, and treated the meter to additional 43 kilometres. Perhaps you should go again sometime.