Lake Bled holidays - Cycling to Radovna Valley

Mojstrana valley Slovenia

The valley of river Radovna

.. is squeezed between Mežaklja and Pokljuka plateaus. Radovna has more springs under Jutrova skala in Zgornja Radovna and her barely 17 kilometers long way finishes with fall into river Sava Dolinka at Moste village.


Water flows above all from Triglav mountains, where Krmarica and Kotarica with tributaries disappear underground and on day spring as river Radovna. The enormous part of valley is the gorge of Vintgar. Here the river Radovna push one's way between hills Hom and Borst.

Bicycling Towards Mojstrana village - SloveniaArriving Radovna valley

Starting point of tour to valley of Radovna is famous Lake Bled. By Bled castle abolish round asphalted regional road in direction of Zgornje Gorje village and Pokljuka plateau. At village Krnica we turn right over bridge through river Radovna in direction of Mojstrana town.

Cycling tour is suitable also for hot days because road leads through shadow forests. Road goes by bed of Radovna. Way crawls by meadows, forests with loose ascents and descents. After 15 kilometers of cycling we achive valley Krma and Psnak inn. Here we can afford time for snack and rest and enjoy bell view on high mountains ahead us

For thirsty cyclists - water alog the road to Lake Bled SloveniaTowards Mojstrana village

The Psnak inn is a place for people with less condition, and also a spot for them to turn back to starting point. For those who are strong enough, i recomend to continue cycling in direction to settlement Mojstrana.

The speed take us immediately 18 % and 1 km long slope. But the reward for our effort is downhill to Mojstrana (5 km) and straight ahaid to town Jesenice, to settlement Lipica. Here startes the next pretentious slope, which is around 12% and 4 km on plateau Mežaklja to village Kočna.

In the nearest reastaurant you refresh yourself and have a nice meal, and then continue our trip around 10 km in the direction Spodnje Gorje, and back to our starting point near Lake Bled.

Idilyc pasture in Radovna valley

Ciclyng tour through Radovna Valley

Among the most beautiful Alpine valleys defenitly belong the valley of river Radovna, in which are flown together two other valleys, Kot and Krma. This area is spread in the Triglav National Park, who partly limited the development for massive tourism and traffic.

For its amazeing beauty this valleys are visited mostly by »conquers of the useless world«, who are eager for peace and fresh, clean air. From the valley of Kot or Legnarjeva path we can see one of the shortest Alpine entrances on mountain Triglav, but from valley Krma is the path usually clean from the snow in the winter time, so the path is fully open to climb on the highest peak in Slovenija.

On the road through Radovna valleyPure and cold water of Radovna

.Pure and cold waters are comeing on the surface from the white sand from uper valley, right under the mountain Triglav. In the first kilometre of river stream, the river is very inhospitable, so you almost cant find any fishes in that part of the river, which is a beautiful, very cold and green, little river. Only from the first dyke downwards you can catch a sight of red-spoted river trouts. Those fishes are settled on the whole river stream.

Entrance to Radovna valley

There are two entrances to the Radovna valley,the first one leads you from Lake Bled to Gorje and than on partly macadam road towards Zgornja Radovna (17 km).

Fisherman on Radovna river SloveniaThe second entrance to the valley is a little bit shorter and leads you from Mojstrana on the asphalt road in the valley (5 km). If you want to examinat a very interesting Pocarjeva home, it is recommended to announce yourself previously, or you can visit the place at the and of the week.

The Psnak Mill and sawmaill are situated below the steep and shady slapes of Pokljuka plateau, where the Radovna river has gained enough power to turn the two water wheels. Since the water power of the upper Radovna valleys began to melt, and in September and October during the autumnal rains. And even then the same water power was used very economically to turn both wheels. The mill had only one »black stone« for grinding rye, oats, barely and buckwheat, the type of cereals which grew in the few modest fields in this narrow valley.

Psnak mill - Radovna valley SloveniaThe Venetian saw used one of the most tow saw blades, depending on the quality of water. Sawing along a four-metre-long spruce with a single blade took approximately 20 minutes for one cut, which means that up to 1 m of wooden boards could be sawn in a daily shift.

The mill and the sawmill aperated simultaneously so that from time to time while the wood was being cut, the worker would also do the necessary work in the mill. The mill and the sawmill where only intended for the farms in Zgornja Radovna, thus eliminating the need for the farmers to transport grain and wood to the distant mills and sawmills near Lake Bled.

The mill and the sawmill served the Psnak family until the 1970s. In 1997, however, their owner renovated both objects to preserve evidence of the knowledge and work of the local inhabitants, as well as of their remarkable flexibility, which allowed them to make the most of the areas natural resources and preserve the beauty of nature.