Woodland | Red Squirrels | Pastures | Cowbells | Cottages | Smoke | Green Sculptures
This was my first experience walking in alpine pastures, high in the Triglav National Park of Slovenia. My lasting memory of the trip was the incredible sense of peace in the area. The connecting network of gravel tracks meandering through the trees connecting wooden cottages and farms felt a long way from the urban landscape of home.
The route was around 12km in total and took around 3 hours (excluding lunch and photo stops), it was a perfect morning hike and we enjoyed lunch at the half way point overlooking the beautiful pastureland.
The planina's of Slovenia are summer pasture areas where farmers allow their cattle to roam whilst they stay in the beautiful wooden cottages. Set high among the mountain areas of the Julian Alps, the backdrop for these peaceful settlements is the dramatic alpine ridges including the Triglav massif itself.
If you visit Slovenia in summer I would highly recommend a visit to any of the planina's to appreciate how far away this feels from much of our usual daily life in urban areas. Each cottage has it's own style and decoration, and while they are seemingly being modernised, they blend in perfectly with the natural surroundings.
The walk in was easy to follow and passed through alpine woodland, fields and a scattering of other small farm buildings in the area. Our starting point at Rudno Polje in the Pokljuka area of the park is only a short drive from Bled and also a popular starting route to climb Triglav (highest mountain in Slovenia at 2,864m).
More details on the route are provided at the end of the post, but for now take some time to soak in the peaceful nature of this place......
Our route commenced at Rudno Polje and went via Planina Praprotnica and we then returned the same way. There was a huge car park at the sporting activity center near Rudno Polje which was easy to locate and around a 30min drive from Bled. On the return drive to bled we stopped off at Bled Castle for a delicious Bled Cake and still had an afternoon to fill (more on that later)
The full route we followed was walk 03 from the Sunflower Landscapes - Slovenia Walking Book and around a 30min drive from Bled.
WHERE IS PLANINA ZAJAMNIKI?
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