At last, I’ve found time to sit down and write my first blog of the year 2022! It’s been a funny old winter so far. First a lot of early snow in December, followed by a very cold spell, then an unseasonably mild spell, followed by rain, a bit more snow and now another really cold spell, albeit now at least with beautiful blue skies and sunshine.
Although I’ve never been a fan of the cold and snow, I’m also not one to sit indoors, regardless of the weather (and my ongoing health woes). So, here are a few ideas for winter hikes in the Radol’ca, oh, and read on to find out about the ‘spikes’ (as mentioned in the title) too!
One of our favourite hikes at this time of the year is to Smokuški vrh above the village of Begunje na Gorenjskem. Since we like doing circular routes and prefer to leave the car in the garage, when we have time we often set off on foot from Radovljica to Begunje (cca. 50 minutes), where we take the path that begins near the post office and leads steeply up to St. Peter’s church (cca. 30mins).
From the church, we carry on up to Smokuški vrh on the ridge, which is a great vantage point.
We then walk along the ridge, with stunning views of the Julian Alps and Slovenia’s highest mountain – Triglav – before descending towards the village of Rodine and back through Hraše and Lesce to Radovljica.
Now onto the ‘spikes’ I mentioned above…As also mentioned above, it’s been a mixed bag this winter, which means that although some places at lower altitudes are now almost snow-free (up to around 800metres above sea-level), in the forest, particularly in areas that don’t get any/much sun and paths that are well used, the paths are really icy in places, hence ‘spikes’ i.e. mini crampons, are a ‘must’ in my rucksack wherever I go.
So, if you are planning any hikes in winter, I’d advise you bring (or buy while you are here) a pair of these mini crampons – you can pick them up for around €30, they are very lightweight and quick and easy to put on. Note, however, that these crampons are NOT suitable for more strenuous and higher mountain tours, for which semi-automatic crampons are a must at this time of the year.
And what’s more, the ones I’m ‘modelling’ below, are even made here in the municipality of Radovljica – at the Veriga factory in Lesce, where you can buy them direct of pick them up in sports shops.
My other favourite places to hike in the Radovljica area in winter include the Goška ravan mountain pasture and hut on the Jelovica plateau…
The Roblekov dom mountain hut, above the Draga valley on the slopes of Mt. Begunščica…
And the Vodiška planina mountain pasture and Partisanski dom mountain hut above Kropa.
You can find out about all these hikes and more about winter in Radovljica, visit the Visit Radol’ca website. Happy and, of course, safe hiking!
© Adele in Slovenia
3 thoughts on “Winter Hikes and Spikes in Radol’ca!”
Dear Adele: It saddens me to say it is very unlikely we’ll get back to Slovenia. We’ve all missed the least two years by bring stuck at home, I’ll be 80 next month, so our travelling world is doing the opposite of the proverbial pebble in the pond – the ripples are drawing inwards, not outwards.
Please therefore remove me from your list of recipients of your e-mail mailouts, they are no longer relevant to our likely-travelling pattern. I’ve enjoyed trying to get my head around Slovenian language for the past 5 years or so, but there’s no point continuing. If we ever do get there, I’ll still retain enough for the basics although I expect most younger folk learn English (or American) anyway
John Baines ‘Turnerbridge’
Nice to see you embracing old man winter! Well…maybe not exactly giving him a hug 🤣 but at least you’re out and about. That’s great to see. Given the exertion required, you must be feeling a bit better I hope? Great shot that of the valley and national park beyond! Best wishes…Alan
Hi Alan and Happy New Year to you. I wish I could say I was better, but I’m putting a brave face on and trying to get on with life as best I can. Hope all is well with you. Regards, Adele