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The recreational path to Kopa

While looking at sunlit mountain peaks only very few people do not feel the urge to walk along the colorful hillside meadows, where wild alpine goats and deer are grazing, where on a spring morning you are surprised by the whiffing of the black grouse, where You can watch the sailing of the mountain eagle or the buzzard, where You can enjoy the acrobatic movements of the kestrel or the raven... If you carefully ascend the slopes of Cimprovka there is a great chance that you will catch a glimpse of the adder, sand lizard and other reptiles taking a sunbath... For years on end these riches were reserved for only a small handful of individuals - locals and hunters whose lives were always tightly knit with the mountain meadows and pastures rising above the village.

The Tourist Association of Novaki, aspiring to show its visitors the lesser known corners of the Cerkljansko region, arranged and marked a circular recreational path to Kopa. The starting point is at Raspet (1050 m) which is on the border between Novaki and Davča (this is also the borderline of the regions Primorska and Gorenjska). Standing at the starting point you can already see your destination, a 1360 m high rock on the slopes of Cimprovka, which the locals named "Kapa" or Kopa due to its similarity to the charcoal-heaps used by the charcoal-burners of past times. At the starting point there is an informational signpost "Recreational path to Kopa". Parking lots are also available. The path itself is full of signposts as well as markings in the form of the arched-ski of Novaki, typical only for this village. The path starts to the left of the starting point, along the rut, across the meadow, all the way to the woods, where a steep ascent along the forest-paths to Vrh Prvikov begins. From there you continue through the forest to the northwestern slope of Cimprovka (1339 m), where you experience the picturesque view of the Porezen and Hoč hilltops, with the patriarch Triglav in the background. On the spine of Cimprovka you are welcomed by a resting-place with a bench, from where you see Novaki, the Veliki and Mali Njivč hilltops to the south, as well as the Franja hospital located in the gorge right between them. Your view will come to a hold on Črni vrh (on its slopes you can see the typical skiing lanes), as well as on Blegoš and Ratitovec, while simultaneously the contours of Storžič, Kočna, Grintavec and other peaks of the Kamniško-Savinjske Alps can be seen lurking in the background. The path continues on the versatile slope of Cimprovka all the way to Kopa (1360 m). Be careful during the ascent and descent to the sight-seeing spot due to slipping-danger. From Kopa You can spot the entire mountain-range of Škofja loka, the Polhograd dolomites, the Idrijsko-Cerkljansko hilltops and the Vojskarska plain, as well as Kojca, including the Šentviška and Šebreljska plains to the southwest. During clear weather even the sea can be seen when looking over the treetops of Trnovski forest. Now you can continue with a descent in the direction of Vrš (1300 m), where you can enjoy another glimpse of the south-side from the "to Plazi Peak" sight-seeing spot. Here you have the choice of continuing either toward Porezen (1632 m) or to return via the marked circular path back to Raspet. Half-way to Raspet the "pathway Zgornja Davča" connects to Your path. If you follow the recreational path's marks above the hamlet Zaprvič, you reach the Davča waterfalls after only about a good half-hour walk.

The trip should last about 2 to 3 hours unless you are an adventurer, in which case it could take a whole day. We recommend that you put on hill-boots. Don't forget your camera. To keep nature as untouched as possible please do not forget about the protection of the wonderful (endangered) flora. Any garbage should be taken back to the valley.

Flora


From Raspet to Kopa (Cimprovka) the surroundings are so beautiful that You can sit on a hay-field for a whole day and not get bored.

The marshlands on Raspet, which range from acidic to basic, with both species of Cotton-grass: Grey Cotton-grass (Eriophorum latifolium) and Common Cotton-grass (E. angustifolium). With their shiny white color they form wonderful images in the wind and it is quite a shame that they are treaded down by livestock or razed by the scythe. But without this the surfaces would be soon grown over. Very special are the acidic puffs of Matt-grass (Nardus stricta) in the colorful hay-fields covered by Globeflowers (Trollius europaeus) and Rose-colored Salsify (Scorzonera rosea). In early spring (although already late spring for inhabitants of lower-lying areas) these surfaces are literally gardens of yellow, red and purple forms of the Elder-flowered Orchid (Dactylorhiza sambucina); especially there - on Lehe, right below Kopa (Cimprovka). On the forest-edges the Mountain rose (Rosa pendulina) arches toward the pathways. On the sporadically wet surfaces you can easily find the Common Butterwort (Pinguicula vulgaris). In some parts of the acidophilic meadowlands individual outcroppings of the Alpine Gentian (Gentiana acaulis) can be observed. Kopa (Cimprovka) offers its most beautiful face at the end of May. The rocky surroundings clad themselves with the Mountain Cowslip (Primula auricula). Soon it is joined by Clusius' Gentian (Gentiana clusii) and in early summer by the Hairy Alpine Rose (Rhododendron hirsutum) as well. On the rocky outcroppings of Kopa, Špiček and Črtov rob, early in the summer the Mountain Mint (Micromeria thymifolia) starts to blossom. The Moonwort (Botrychium lunaria) also flowers very prosperously. Here You can find both lilies: the Common Turk's Cap Lily (Lilium martagon) and the Carniolan Lily or Golden Apple (Lilium carniolicum).

What else is there to add to these little floral outings? This area is simply beautiful and very colorful. You have to walk through it many times and just enjoy it. We can only hope that diligent hands will continue to scythe it and not let it grow over since that would cause the decline of this picturesque landscape - although, true as it might be, it would return to its original state of a more arboreal landscape.

"Palaj"


I've heard of "palaj" already in my childhood years. The adults talked about it with respect, as of an especially cherished medicinal herb. They did not forget to mention the names of the few daring collectors that weren't afraid to descend into the walls of Kopa, behind Cimprovka, where "palaj" was supposed to grow. In the Cerkljansko region the species Micromeria thymifolia (Scopoli) Fritsch is known under this name.

The ingredients of "palaj" have recently been subject of investigation by pharmaceutical companies. The plant contains many essential oils with documented anti-microbial effects as well as Triterpenes. Fatty palmitic, linolic and linoleic acids are an abundant component. They are the prime factors of the plants' healing effects. In Cerkljansko whole plants are being soaked in brandy which is supposed to be a very effective medicine against indigestion - though pharmacists would likely add further ingredients.

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JW_SIG_NAVTIP <b>The recreational path to Kopa</b><br /><br />
JW_SIG_NAVTIP <b>The recreational path to Kopa</b><br /><br />
JW_SIG_NAVTIP <b>The recreational path to Kopa</b><br /><br />
JW_SIG_NAVTIP <b>The recreational path to Kopa</b><br /><br />
JW_SIG_NAVTIP <b>The recreational path to Kopa</b><br /><br />
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