Cycling the Slovenian countryside – Lake Bled

8th September – 12th September

Lake Bled. I had fairly high expectations for Lake Bled. And it did not disappoint. The lake was beautiful, and the surrounding area even more so.
Lake Bled, Slovenia.

I had fairly high expectations for Lake Bled, having previously seen so many stunning photos online.  And for me, it didn’t disappoint.  The Lake was beautiful, made even more so by the huge mountain ranges that provide a backdrop.  But as pretty as the lake was, the surrounding area, with all its tiny villages, dramatic mountains, gorges and grassy green valleys for me was even more incredible. 

Our first day we arrived in Lake Bled and did the easy 6km walk around the lake.  Getting around the far side offers a beautiful view of the island and church, with the castle perched atop the hill in the background.

On day two we decided to hire some bikes for the day and explore a bit further afield – over 40km of exploring in all.  We headed out from Bled and made our way through the tiny little village of Bodesce.  This place, like many in the area, is just a small collection of houses, each with their own fruit trees, veggie gardens, and menagerie of animals.  There was something very lovely about the simple and somewhat self sufficient lifestyle of this area.  We cycled our way on through Selce and on to Kamna Gorica.  Another old country village, Kamna Gorica was charming with its old stone buildings butted up against the narrow road and network of tiny canals providing water to the houses.  Kropa was next; an ancient town known for its metal forging since way back in celtic times.

Kropa, Slovenia. This is considered the home of Slovene metal working, dating back to the Celtic period. Not surprisingly, wrought iron features heavily around the town.
Kropa, Slovenia. This is considered the home of Slovene metal working, dating back to the Celtic period. Not surprisingly, wrought iron features frequently around the town.
Kropa, Slovenia.
Kropa, Slovenia.

After a bit of an uphill effort (I may have whinged about my tired legs a few times), we found ourselves in Radovljica where we had a wander around the pretty old town.

View of Radovljica, Slovenia.
View of Radovljica, Slovenia.
The pretty streets of old town Radovljica.
The pretty streets of old town Radovljica.

The next leg to Begunje was downhill (thank god).  In Begunje we found ourselves inadvertently wandering around the gardens of a mental institution (we clued on after a few blank stares from slipper and robe wearing patients).  From there, it was only a short ride back to Bled, through some more stunning scenery (picture brilliant green fields at the base of the steep mountain ranges).

Needless to say the view on the way from Radovljica to Begunje was rather pretty.
Needless to say the view on the way from Radovljica to Begunje was rather pretty.
Begunje, Slovenia.
Begunje, Slovenia.
The journey from Begunje back to Lake Bled took us through some lovely open fields butted up against the base of the mountain ranges.
The journey from Begunje back to Lake Bled took us through some more lovely open fields butted up against the base of the mountain ranges.

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