Activities / Hiking
Reka – Šebrelje (2,6 km; 1 h)
From the Cerkno – Tolmin regional road, at Straža in Želin, turn right at the traffic lights in the direction of Tolmin.
After 2 km, in Reka, turn left over the bridge opposite the exit road for Bukova and Zakojca, on the other bank of the Idrijca, and park on the right, after the bridge, by the information board of the Divje Babe Archaeological Park. From here, continue on foot along the asphalt road and follow the boards.
After about 50 metres from the house, turn off the asphalt road onto the macadam road. After about 300 metres, turn right into the forest at the board, and continue to the stone barriers, where you turn right through the forest.
After 2 km of walking uphill, you can rest in Čepale (441 m), where a bench awaits you under the board. From here, continue uphill towards Šebrelje. There is a gorge below you, Sjavnce (Sevnice), with Kopačnica, which separates Šebrelje from Jagršče.
Above the rocks, almost below the edge of the plateau, the trail levels up, leading you to the road.
Turn right at the signpost. The trail ends after some 200 metres, at the Church of St. Ivan.
There is a cavern below the church and a memorial plate with touching lines by historian Janez Kavčič:
“Welcome visitors! A century ago, we drilled and carved into stone this cold and dark shelter, where we dreamt of the warmth of our hearths and the embrace of our loved ones.
Remember us every now and then, and give your dreams to the ones you love. Unknown soldiers.”
The walls of St. Ivan and the scenic viewpoint on the right offer beautiful views. There is the Idrijca Valley deep below us, Peč (the Rocky Mountains of Bohinj), with the mighty Rodica in the back, the Cerkno region with its villages, the broad Kojca and the proud Porezen, in the front, and Blegoš on the right.
You are standing in the northernmost part of the Šebrelje plateau, at an important strategic point. An ancient fort supposedly already stood here during Roman times, and our ancestors, the Slavs, set up a sanctuary dedicated to the god of the sun. The original church was built in 1152 as the succursal Church of St Vitus in Šentviška Gora. The church was demolished in 1763 and rebuilt in 1870. Today, the succursal Church of St. John the Baptist (John the Baptist – altar painting) stands here, refurbished and with a painting of Moses on the outer wall. You can still see the trenches built by the Bosnians during WWI below the church and in its immediate vicinity. These trenches served as the defence line from Bukovo to Reka, and to St. Ivan and along the western edge of the plateau to Oblakov vrh and Vojsko (rear echelon lines of the Isonzo Front).
A protected trail towards the Divje Babe I archaeological site (approximately 15 minutes) breaks off by the church. A visit to the cave is only possible accompanied by a guide.
The path from the cave downwards towards the village of Reka is not secure and maintained, and we advise against using it!
Hiking trail 4a
Trail (on interactive map – green): Reka – Šebrelje
Time: 1 hour
Lenght: 2,6 km
The lowest point of altitude: 273 m
The highest point of altitude: 630 m
GPX coordinates can be downloaded HERE.
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