Valvazorjev trg, Litija
Route: Litija–Sitarjevec–Širmanski Hrib–Koške Poljane–Tuji Grm–Janče–Laze
Route elevation profile:
Route length 19,7 km | Estimated time without stops 1,5 hours | Total ascent 670 m | Difficult level medium | Road type and quality macadam, asphalt, forest trail
The starting point is at the square Valvazorjev trg in Litija. The route runs from the parking place by St. Nicholas’s Church along the narrow asphalt road and up the hill Sitarjevec. On reaching the settlement Podsitarjevec, continue towards Zavrstnik, turn right uphill and onto the macadam road taking you to the top of the Sitarjevec hill. Descend towards the North, turn left at the first turning and traverse along the trail towards the hill Oblakov hrib. On reaching the pass, turn left at the crossroads and then right onto the cart track, bringing you onto the macadam road. At the crossroads, cycle straight up, past the Arh Farm and follow the forest trail
along the ridge. The route takes you past the Šmic Farm, straight on at the crossroads and past the Omahen estate. Then the trail turns more steeply uphill, taking you under the hill Kamplov hrib. Turn left at the crossroads and cycle to the Tinček Farm. Follow the macadam road along the ridge towards the hill Janče. You will join the asphalt road in Tuji Grm which will bring you to the hill Janče. Leaving Janče, you will descend along the asphalt road towards the North. At the first sharp turn, go straight onto the byway taking you along the ridge and past the farms Tončk and Hribovec. Turn left by the Jernač Farm and follow the road signs which will bring you to Laze. You can return to Litija by train.
Litija is one of the oldest mining towns in Slovenia. Archaeologists discovered remains from the Iron Age settlement on the top of the Sitarjevec hill. The Sitarjevec mine is first mentioned in the 16th century, having experienced flowering in the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century when it was one of the largest mines of lead in Europe. The Sitarjevec mine is rich in minerals which are of Slovenian as well as of European importance.