Sv. Rupert, Šentrupert
Route: Šentrupert–Selo pri Mirni–Tihaboj– Tlaka–Čateška Gora–Križišče pri Čatežu–Gornji Vrh–Primskova gora
Route elevation profile:
Route length 23,3 km | Estimated time without stops 2,5 hours | Total ascent 320 m | Difficult level hard | Road type and quality macadam, asphalt, forest trail
Start at the square in Šentrupert and descend along the southern side of the wall of the Church of St. Rupert and then turn left. Cycle straight ahead on the asphalt road, then joining the macadam field trail (signpost Steklasova pot). The route takes you to the Way of the Cross, turning left and joining onto the asphalt road and then turning right onto the main asphalt road. Stay right at the next two junctions, then climb to the hill Vesela gora. The route takes you to the junction and on towards the village Ravnik (signpost Steklasova pot). Then, at the junction in the middle of the forest, turn left onto the macadam road turning steeply downhill. After about 1 km, you will join the asphalt road and turn right. Cycle through the valley, after the remote farm turn left and cross the stream. The route joins onto the macadam road turning steeply uphill to the Ogrin Farm and then turning into the asphalt again. Follow the main road to the village Selo pri Mirni, turning right onto the regional road to Tihaboj. Turn left at the first junction. The route turns into a macadam road amongst the meadows. Stay right at the first turning and left at the second one, taking you uphill through the forest to the village Kompolje. After a climb, turn left at the first crossroads in the forest and join the macadam road which soon turns into asphalt. Continue to the village Brezje all the way to the main road where you will turn right. After 1.5 km, turn left onto the macadam road which turns steeply uphill to the crossroads with a shrine, where you will turn right. Follow the main macadam road along the ridge of the hill taking you onto the asphalt road in Zagrič. Cycle straight on and, at the triangular junction, stay left. On reaching the village Gorenji Vrh (cross in the middle of the junction), turn right. After about 2 km, stay left and cycle uphill to the church in Primskovo.
The valley of castles, as the valley Mirenska dolina was once called, is especially known for numerous beautiful churches and chapels. One of the most popular hiking and pilgrimage spots is the hill Vesela gora near Šentrupert, which is famous for the Way of the Cross, St.
Margaret’s Church and the Barbo Manor. At the Barbo Manor, there is an exhibition called Live History, a beekeeping room and permanent exhibition of tree species as well as of ancient peasant tools.