Ljubljana Bike Routes – Gameljne and Šmartno

View towards the Kamnik Alps north of Ljubljana

This is a view towards the Kamnik Alps from a field just to the north of the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana. Fortunately, the timing of my visit coincided nicely with some of the nicest colors of the day.

That’s one of about a dozen shots taken during a brief bike ride yesterday afternoon to and through the the settlements of Spodnje (lower) Gameljne, Srednje (middle) Gameljne and Zgornje (upper) Gamelnje, and Šmartno pod Šmarno Goro. The latter is a settlement that lies in the shadow of Šmarna Gora, one of the most popular hills in the immediate Ljubljana area for day hikers, walkers and trail runners.

From the village of Šmartno pod Šmarno Goro towards the Kamnik Alps to the north
From the village of Šmartno pod Šmarno Goro towards the Kamnik Alps to the north

For most intents and purposes, this area is mostly rural, even though these villages are only about 13 kilometers to the north and northwest of Ljubljana’s city center. Yet definitely off the beaten path enough to allow one to become pleasantly lost on muddy dirt tracks –for at least a little while.

Note: for those of you who need a refresher (or are just eager to learn!), in Slovenian č, š and ž are pronounced “ch”, “sh”, and “zh”. So Šmarna, above, is pronounced Shmarna.

Ljubljana has already experienced overnight temperatures dipping to near zero (32 F), which translates to snow in the mountains. Pictured in most of these are the Kamnik Alps and Kamniško Sedlo, the  1,903m (6,243ft) high saddle that’s an attractive regular fixture of most mountain vistas pointing to the the north from Ljubljana, which I wrote about here. I was hoping to make another jaunt to that area before the snows this autumn, but it looks like that won’t be happening this year.

A few few more images follow. As you’ll see the harvests are done for the year, but the trees haven’t really started turning yet. The color highlights here are generally in the latter half of October, although there hasn’t really been much consistency with that in the dozen years I’ve been here.

And for the traveling bicyclists among you: If you’re passing through but short on time and looking for a pleasant trip to the rural fringes of the city, this is a decent option. In less than 20 minutes you’ll be surrounded by fields and farms, with mountain views in most directions. A route map is below. The immediate stretch where the route turns to the north-northeast along the Sava River also features several trails suitable for mountain bikers and hikers.

 

 

A traditional kozolec, or wooden hayrack, in a field near Šmartno pod Šmarno Goro
A traditional kozolec, or wooden hay rack, in a field near Šmartno pod Šmarno Goro

 

Kamnik Alps from Šmartno pod Šmarno Goro
Kamnik Alps from Šmartno pod Šmarno Goro

 

View towards Mt. Krim south of Ljubljana
View towards Mt. Krim south of Ljubljana

 

The Sava River at Ljubljana-Crnuce, facing west
The Sava River at Ljubljana-Crnuce, facing west

 

Šmarno Gora, a mountain south of Ljubljana
Šmarno Gora, a mountain south of Ljubljana

 

View to the northeast of Ljubljana from Šmartno
View to the northeast of Ljubljana from Šmartno

 

A highway underpass near Šmartno pod Šmarno Goro
A highway underpass near Šmartno pod Šmarno Goro

 

A rural road near Spodnje Gameljne just north of Ljubljana
A rural road near Spodnje Gameljne just north of Ljubljana

 

Wheat at the edge of a corn field.
Wheat at the edge of a corn field.

 

Approximately 13 kilometers to the north of Ljubljana’s city center, 12 October 2016

 

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  1. wordpicturesbydlink says

    These are really beautiful shots! Thank you for sharing so many!

    1. Bob R says

      Thanks! It was a very nice afternoon, with some really nice light late in the day.

  2. paula graham says

    Just beautiful, every one of them.

  3. jacquelineobyikocha says

    Beautiful photos

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