The route has a shape of a young eagle with closed wings, anxious to fly for the first time. Let's fly away with him.
The starting point is the car park at the church on Sv. Urh where you can leave your car. Sv. Urh is a place of sad memories, as it was a scene of tragic crimes and fratricidal war between 1941 and 1945. Even the most frightening memories fade away with time, while this memorial site warns – never again!
Through the forest
The starting point of the route is otherwise a popular hiking spot of the inhabitants of the eastern part of Ljubljana. Start at the church and continue on the path which runs right from the monument . Beware: this path is intended mostly for the hikers , so don't forget that they have priority. The path is flat at first, but it soon starts gently ascending. It runs along road cuts in some sections and can get muddy in bad weather, thus the hikers arranged bypasses on the left edge of the path, which are, however, difficult to cycle on due the tree roots. Approximately a kilometre from the monument, the path ascends and becomes flat , while you can hear cars from the motorway on the right. The path branches there: one continues up to the ridge, and the other, the wider one, to the left. Turn left; the path is flat at the beginning and then it starts slowly ascending in narrow road cuts . You'll reach a crossroads after 800 metres, where the right path leads steeply up, while the wider, left one remains almost on the same level . Turn right and up (if you've turned left, you would get to the Zadvorski hrib Hill above Žabja vas). The path ascends and runs in almost a straight line along the ridge with rich habitats of numerous forest fruits , until it reaches the edge of a meadow . Stick to the right and to the path that runs past fences , until you reach the first houses in Orle after the last ascent .
Turn left at the first houses to the asphalt road, then ascend a little to reach the highest point of the route. It goes only downhill from there on (with the exception of some short ascents before Podmolnik and to the car park at Sv. Urh). Descend past the houses to the main road between Rudnik and Orle, where you turn left past the Pri Mihelnu Hiking Inn (a statue of Virgin Mary is located at the courtyard opposite the inn), and then continue to the valley. The road runs among houses all the time and steeply ascends to the eastern edge of the village. Take a good look at the last house on the right; you might see the domesticated deer Nika . Behind the houses on the right is a monument to the final battles in the liberation of Ljubljana at the end of World War II , and just below the monument is a saddle below Orle, where four paths branch: you've cycled on one, while the right, macadam one, runs past the abandoned quarries towards Lavrica. The footpath to Molnik leads straightforward and the left asphalt road descends to the valley towards Podmolnik (a signpost for Sostro). Turn left along the asphalt road and, just below the saddle, you'll be rewarded with a marvellous view of the north-east part of the Ljubljana Basin with the Kamnik-Savinja Alps in the background . The road quickly descends to Dolinar Homestead in Završje where a pond is located on the right, and then it shortly ascends to the first houses in Podmolnik.
Podmolnik is quite a scattered settlement. The main part of the village lies below the Marenček Hill on your right . Before you enter Podmolnik, the road sharply turns to the left, so you have to be extra careful. The road descends to the Podmolnik Valley below the Zadvorski hrib Hill . The Breska Stream which springs below Orle, flows along the valley. You've reached the valley now and the road that runs along the forest will take you to Žabja vas.
Just before Žabja vas, there is Brunarica Zadvor Log Cabin on the left side of the forest, where you can have a snack. The start of Zadvor Trim Trail is at Brunarica and it runs along the ridge of Zadvorski hrib. The trim trail is not fully maintained, but the stations are nevertheless well equipped to perform all the prescribed exercises. Would you like to try? Easily, just leave your bike at Brunarica and run up the hill.
Flat section with the finishing slope
From Žabja vas cycle straight on Cesta 13. julija Road, cross Cesta druge grupe odredov Road which leads to Sostro and turn left towards Ljubljana in Zadvor at Litijska Road. At the crossroads with Cesta druge grupe odredov Road turn sharply left back to Sostro and then turn right to Cesta na Urh Road at the signpost for Sv. Urh. When you ascend through the tree-lined alley to Urh, take a quick look at a first turn and observe the marvellous Konjščica Valley before cycling uphill in the finishing sprint, using your last strengths and proceed to the car park where you've started.
So, young eagles, who is up for another round or two?