NORDIC WALKING


1. Koglo

The path is circular and 8,5km long. The biggest difference in altitude is 250m. The path goes from Šmarješke Toplice through the village Brezovica along the valley of Zavetrščica stream and then towards the peak of Koglo (417m) with a church of St. Lenart. At the peak you may enjoy a nice view over Šmarješke Toplice, Vinji vrh and the plain along the river Krka with Gorjanci hills in the background. The descent takes place along the eastern side of Koglo, through Gorenja village and Kamen Vrh, back to Brezovica and Šmarješke Toplice.
Difficulty level: difficult
Walking time: 2 ¾ hour


2. Otočec - Struga

It’s a 12km long path. The biggest difference in altitude is 85m. The path goes from Šmarješke Toplice over the wooden bridge over Toplica stream, along the right bank and on a cart track road through the woods and onwards through the villages Dobovo and Lutrško selo to the castle Otočec which is a well known tourist sight. The castle was built in the 13th century and is located on an artificial island in the middle of the river Krka. The path leads forward to the right bank of the river Krka past the camp with a bathing site to the castle Struga from the 16th century. There’s also a golf course.
Difficulty level: medium
Walking time: 3 hours

 

3. Bela Cerkev

The path is circular and 6km long. The biggest difference in altitude is 60m. The path goes from Šmarješke Toplice over the wooden bridge over Toplica stream, along the right bank. At the second bridge the path crosses the road towards Novo mesto and continues through the woods. In this area the archaeologists discovered numerous mounds from Halstat and La Tene period. The characteristic objects from this district are the dish-shaped helmet and shuttle fibula. The path leads forward toward Lower Družinska village (Spodnja Družinska vas) to Bela Cerkev with the church of St. Andrew which is one of the oldest churches in Dolenjska region. The path goes back through Sela, Gradenje and Upper Družinska village (Zgornja Družinska vas) to Šmarješke Toplice.
Difficulty level: easy          
Walking time: 1 ¾  hour


4. Šmarjeta

The path is circular and 6km long. The biggest difference in altitude is 40m. The path goes from Šmarješke Toplice towards Brezovica village and onward to the village path through Kamen Vrh hamlet towards Šmarjeta. At the main square you will see a parish church of St. Margaret, architecturally rich house of Karlovšek with an inn and St. Margaret spiritual home. The church has a famous painting Crucifixion by an Italian author from the 17th century. About 100m north you may enjoy a view over Zdravci and Radulja valley which offers shelter to some rare birds and become an ecological reserve someday. Nearby you may also find Miocene snails, remains of Pannonia Sea, in fresh molehills. The path goes back through Strelac village and along the car track road back towards Brezovica and to Šmarješke Toplice.
Difficulty level: easy         
Walking time: 1 ¾  hour


5. Running

The path is 2,5km long. The biggest difference in altitude is 50m. Walking along the running path is appropriate for nature lovers, peace and solitude seekers. In the beginning the path looks the same as the one towards Otočec, but then it turns through the woods in the south-west direction. When you see the water field, the path turns towards Toplica stream. Then you go back to Šmarješke Toplice.
Difficulty level: medium
Walking time: ¾ hour

 

6. Šmarješke Toplice

The path is circular and 5km long. The biggest difference in altitude is 60m. The path goes from the front of the hotel at Šmarješke Toplice along the asphalt road towards west and at the first chapel you go straight forward to Žaloviče. The old village part of Šmarješke Toplice extends over the slope on the west side of the health resort. Until recently these were two villages: Zgornje and Dolnje Toplice which today present the united Šmarješke Toplice with the church of St. Stephen. Along the church there’s an older estate with a hundred year old well which is still preserved. Higher in the village you may also see some remains of wooden homes covered with thatch and an old fruit drying house. The path goes back along the right side of Toplica stream where you can also see the remains of Štrlek castle and then go back to Šmarješke Toplice.
Difficulty level: medium
Walking time: 1 ¾  hour


7. Vinji Vrh

The path is circular and 8km long. The biggest difference in altitude is 230m. The path goes from Šmarješke Toplice toward the apartment settlement at Dobrova and continues through Mlada Vina village where the archaeologist discovered around 50 mounds. The path goes over Orešje village to the church of St. Joseph at Veliki Vinji Vrh (392m). From the top you may enjoy one of the best views in this part of Slovenia. When following the river Krka current you will also see the biggest island on the river Krka, Tržič, near Kronovo. When coming back you will descend on a steep path towards Bela Cerkev and then according to the path-instructions number 3 get back to Šmarješke Toplice. You may continue the path to Mali Vinji Vrh where there’s a church of St. John.

Difficulty level: difficult
Walking time: 2 ¾  hour

 

8. Klevevž

The path is circular and 11km long. The biggest difference in altitude is 75m. The path goes from Šmarješke Toplice through Brezovica over Zavetrščica stream and continues through Kamen Vrh hamlet. Then it turns to the woods and goes north through the upper part of Gorenja village towards Klevevž. The path goes past the cultivated fields along the edge of Radovlja village and then through the forest to Grič village. Your goal is Klevevž where you may see several sights: impounded thermal spring, canyon with rapids of Radulja, two caves, cavern with an inner thermal water spring and remains of Klevevž castle. The path goes back past the castle church Slape where you may see the graves of the last two families of owners of Klevevž castle and a tomb of George nbl. Moscon, the church builder. Along the asphalt road the path descends towards the protected and renovated stone-built bridge over Radulja stream and continues past Gorenja village and back towards Brezovica and Šmarješke Toplice.
Difficulty level: medium
Walking time: 3 hours


9. Dobrava

The path is circular and 3km long. The biggest difference in altitude is 50km. The circular path to suites at Dobrova is similar to the one of Bela Cerkev: along Toplica stream, the path then crosses the asphalt road for Novo mesto and continues past the residential houses to the inn, where it turns left and continues past the corn-rack along the woods. From the asphalt road in 50m it turns right and continues downhill. Again along the forest and the asphalt road, you only have a good 150m to reach the finish. The path goes back through relatively new part of Šmarješke Toplice.
Difficulty level: easy        
Walking time: 1 hour


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