|Hiking routes and eco-trails|
Velingrad - Yundola hut (4 h)
From the bus station in the district of Ladzhene the road goes northwest along the valley of the Lukovitsa River, then climbs up the left slope of the river. In about 30 minutes by car you arrive in the village of Yundola (1380m above sea level). According to one of them it comes from the Old Bulgarian word yundol, which meant a place for wool market. Yundola is a mountain resort, surrounded on all sides by coniferous forests Around Yumin. in the southwest direction is the tourist hut "Yundola".
In the surroundings you can make a few short trips: to the south - to Pasovi Rocks, and even further - to Avramovi Kolibi (1268m). where is the highest railway station on the Balkan Peninsula.
To the northwest you can reach the hut "Kladova".
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Hut "Yundola" - Pasovi Rocks (40 min.)
Legend has it that a Pasha from Tatar Pazardzhik came here on a hunting trip. The beautiful Sevdana was grazing her goats nearby. The shepherd saw her, liked her very much and tried to kidnap her. There was a commotion, the dogs barked. Sevdana's fiancé Gyurgyu heard the commotion, came to the rocks, caught the pasha and threw him down into the abyss. Then both he and Sevdana ran away.
From Yundola there are two starting points for the Pasha Rocks. One is from the Yundola hut. The first one is on Mt. Sheitanka and the p.r. extends in a southwesterly direction along a marked trail. In about 20 minutes through a pine forest you come out on open terrain - this is the area of Pasovi rocks, overhanging the deep valley of Lyuta River. They are a beautiful rock massif, from which you can see a wonderful panorama of the surrounding villages, part of the Rhodope Mountains, the Rila Mountains and the whole Pirin Mountain. Several protected plants grow here - Sedum sefero Stef., Sempervivum ciliosum craib and Aquilegia vulgaris L.. In June and July the whole area turns white with marguerites. It was declared a natural landmark in 1981.
The other starting point for Paschovi Rocks is the chapel of Sts. Petka. From here it is about a 35-minute walk along a path southwards to them.
Velingrad - "Kladova" hut (2h 30 min - 3 hours) /via Pechenek/
Kladova is an area with about 200 acres of sunny meadows surrounded by a canopy of tall and slender spruces. It got its name before the Liberation in 1878, when the Baron Hirsch Company, building the railway Sofia - Saranbey (Septemvri), obtained the right to exploit the forests in this area. The timber was harvested here and stored in piles, hence the name Kladova.
The starting point for the area is the last bus stop in the Kamenitsa district. After leaving the neighbourhood and crossing a small dolce the road splits. Go to the right, along a carriage road, in a northwesterly direction - you can see the phenomenon ,,The fish". After 10 minutes you arrive at the foot of Elin Peak. From the corner you can see the clearly outlined Dragice height. 500 m. south of it is the locality of Ulichki- arranged in three rows of high cliffs. The trail continues through a large meadow and through an area wooded with pine and oak and reaches a wide meadow - Platot. From there, after 7-8 minutes, you come out in front of the remarkable Pechenegi rocks. From Dragice to here it takes 1 hour. The trail enters a centuries-old coniferous forest, after which you reach the first meadow of Kladovo. Turn left through its southern end, cross a small dolce and reach the second meadow with a slope to the east. 2-3 minutes are needed to climb the emerging edge, and another meadow - about 50-60 acres, in the center of which is the hut "Kladova''. It is located at 1650 m above sea level below the peak of Chernovets.
Chalet "Kladova'' includes an electrified two-storey building with a capacity of 52 beds.
/The hut is currently not operational/
Hut "Yundola"-hut "Kladova" (3r. 30 mi.)
There are two roads leading to the hut "Kladova"--- through Chernovets (2 h and 30 min) and through the White Rock (Zch). At first the road is common. From the hut "Yundola" go northeast cross the road to Velingrad and take a wide road to the locality "Lokvata". Here the road forks. In the north-western direction a steep marked path leads to the Cherpovts peak, surrounds it from the west and comes out at the scarp group Ushite. It continues along the ridge to the northeast, crosses the clearing for the ski slope and descends at the '":Kladova" hut.
The north-eastern road from the locality , "Lokvata" bypasses from the south and south-east Mt Cherpovets and passes by the White Rock. It is easier to hike. It reaches a deep valley with huge cliffs and centuries-old beech trees on the terraces. This is the "White Rock" area. From there, through a beech and pine forest on a marked trail.
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Hut "Kladova" - Nachovoto - White water (2h 30 min.)
In 1892, the folk poet Ivan Vazov on his way to the Chepinska valley passed with his guide through the localities "Alabak" and "White Water". According to his description, it is that fairy-tale place from where the ancient Orpheus, captivating the whole nature with his voice and lyre, drew his inspiration. Today there is a plaque on the meadow.
In one hour from the hut ":Kladova" through the area "Mitileva dairy" and through "Peyova Polyan" you can reach "Nachovoto" (former summer resort of the village of Kamenitsa). From here you arrive in 20 minutes by a light road in the area of White Water.
The route is also suitable for hiking.
/ the marking is with red paint and continues through the hut "Milevi skali" - hut ,,Ravno Bors", ,,Varvarski bani"
Velingrad - The Old Chark (1 hour)
In 1384, the first charka (a small primitive workshop for breaking timber) was built on the Elenka River and to this day the area bears this name.
A forest charka (whipping workshop) resembles a hut with a log whipping machine installed, powered by water at high fall; therefore, they were made along forest rivers and ravines. It is assumed that the initiators were people of the locally famous Pei family.
One can start for the "Old Chark" from several places: the centre of Velingrad, Velova Banya and the hotel, "Velingrad'' slightly northeast along the road: from the hotel "Dvoretsa'' along a steep forest path in a north-westerly direction, or from Kv. Kamenitsa to the west of the school along a forest road.
Deer River. This is the locality of "Staraya Chark" - small meadows, in the center of which there is a fountain with extremely soft and clean water for drinking. The place is quiet and peaceful, immersed in young pine plantations. There is also a small shelter.
/on the right marked path -.for the locality "Ulichkite" - green, and on the left - for the hut "Samovoditsa''-White rock - hut "Kladova"-blue/
Velingrad - Cholakov Chuchur - Izvor locality - Dragiche locality - Ulichkite locality - Staraya Chark locality - Velingrad /2h.-4h./
Starting from the last stop in Kamenitsa district on the trail to Elin Vrah. After a short climb we reach the "Achovitsa" locality. Leave the trail and go south /left/. Along a carriage road we reach the locality "Izvor" - a meadow, where in spring beautiful flowers bloom. There is also a fountain with drinking water. We continue south along the path through a sparse oak forest and reach the shelter of the locality "Dragiche" /there is water/. The trail continues south. We cross the trail that leads to the hut "Kladova" and reach the area "Ulichki" where we can see beautiful stone phenomena. There is also a shelter in the area, which is an excellent place for a rest. The trail continues to the southeast and we reach the locality of "Old Chark". From here you can reach the town by two routes.
"Old Chark" via Nikulova Church - Gergevana - Velingrad - Velingrad - White Rock (3 hours)
The "White Rock" is a huge rock at the foot of Chernovets peak ( 1834m). It can be reached through the Kamenitsa district upstream of the Elenka River, as the road continues along paths in an oak forest. At its foot is the burial place of Vela Peeva - the heroic partisan after whom the town of Velingrad is named.
To get to it you start from the centre of the quarter. To get from the village to the hotel "Dvoretsa". Pass by the chapel "St. George" on the ridge Gergiovitsa. Follow the marked road straight west and in 30 minutes you will reach the locality "Marchova Koria". Following the same road westwards after only 400-500m you arrive at a small clearing. Here the road forks. You do not go west to Yundola, but northwest and right - to m. "Old Chark". After 10 mi. you come out on the river Deer, near which there are also two roads - on the left and on the right bank of the river. The right bank road is preferable. Pass the confluence of two streams, through a spacious meadow and through a sparse oak and pine forest. You reach the Egoleto area. Turn left along the dirt road. Cross "Ushevo ravine", then turn right off the road. Follow the marked steep path. Enter a young oak wood. After 30 minutes, you come out on a meadow at the foot of Chernovets peak, at the southern end of which rises a huge rock called Dimova. The steepest part of the path starts from the groove. The climb continues for about 15 minutes up to a small rocky indentation. Opposite, due north, is a steep slope covered by huge rocks - the "White Rocks".
/blue paint - very well marked - Velingrad - "St. George" chapel "St. Nicholas" chapel - "The Old Chark" area - "Samovoditsa" hut - "The White Rock" - "Kladova" hut
Velipgrad - "Elin Vrah" (2 h. and 30 min.)
The peak takes its name from the monastery "St. Elias", which existed here in the Middle Ages and was destroyed in l 666.
It starts from the last bus stop of the quarter. Kamenitsa. After leaving the quarter, cross a small dol. Walk in a northerly direction along a cart track, west of the valley. Climb up a steep section and in about 20 minutes reach a height called "Gradot". Thick stone walls with prominent entrances and inner rooms are clearly distinguishable. The name "Gradot" hints at its Slavic origin. The beginning of this fortress dates back to the time of Emperor Justinian (VI c). Expanded and improved during the years of the First Bulgarian Kingdom, it played an important role as a guard fortress of the Chepino region.
From Gradot to the north there is a rather steep ridge leading to the top. The steepest and most difficult part of the road continues to the overhanging height above Gradot, called "The Head''. It takes 30 minutes to get here. Up to the ''Headland'' and a little further up, the trail passes through young oak and then pine forest. Here, in 1 92Z, 15 men from the town gathered to take part in the September Uprising.
From the "Head" to the "Elin vrh" the trail becomes more level. After only 40-50min. you reach the summit / 1568m/. From here a panorama of Velingrad, the Rhodopes, the Balkan Mountains, Pirin and the Eastern part of Rila is revealed.
Velingrad - Ostrets Peak (2h 30min)
Ostrets / 1378m/ is a sunny peak, overgrown with shaggy deciduous forest. It is called by the tourists the "Olympus" of Velingrad because it offers a view of Rila, Pirin and the Rhodope Mountains. In the Middle Ages there was a monastery "St.. George the Victorious. The locals called the slopes of the peak Gergjovana. Legends say that in 1640 the abbot of the monastery consecrated the bath built by Ban Velho - Velyova Banya.
The way to the top of "Ostrets" is from the village of Velyova. Lajene. Go up to the "Barracks" (Bor Restaurant), continue to the left to reach the "Babino Bertse" (Kislovodsk Hotel). Head south-west along a gently sloping path which passes through the local park, Soldier's Meadow, and turn west to Popova Meadow. From its western end it is extended by the ridge 'Mangov Leon'. Here in 1852 even the poet Ivan Vazov admired the beauty of nature. From "Mangov Leon" you descend into a low saddle, then start the climb up the southeastern slope of "Malak Ostrets" peak. From this point the road goes south almost along the flat ridge and only when it reaches the foot of "Golyam Ostrets" does the terrain become quite steep, but the distance is short. From Maly to Golyam Ostrets it takes about 40 minutes. On the very top there is a shelter for tourists to rest - there are benches and tables and a large church - the Basilica of St. There is also a large church with a large church and a large church "St. George''. Water can be found in the well in the ravine located west below the summit. Conquering "Ostresht" peak is an unforgettable experience for nature lovers.
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Veliš-rad - Prosce - Birches (2 hours)
/ Currently there are many fallen trees on the ecological road and the passage is very difficult (11.2015). /
The starting point is the famous lake "Kleptuza" (Chepino district), which takes its name from the karst spring at the foot of the protected by law area of the same name The spring has a flow rate of 600- l ОООl/sec. The locality is also remarkable for its beautiful plantations of black pine aged 90 to 150 years. There we can see the chapel "St. Elijah". Walking southeast and we reach an open wide saddle. From the south-west rises Mt. Kleptuza, and to the northeast are the slopes of Mt. "Prosija". This place is called "Lower Prosce". The spacious meadows are cut by a small valley. Southeast of the valley in the meadows there is a spring. Continue northeast and in 15 minutes you will reach the "Gorno Prosce" mesa. At the eastern end of the meadow a road can be seen heading east. It leads into the "Birches'' area. It passes through a deep valley called "Fire ravine''. From Gorno Prosce the journey to here is no more than 40 minutes. The westernmost edge of the "Birches" area is a wavy south-facing sunny slope, huge in size, dotted with rare pines and beeches. Mushrooms grow here in early summer and autumn. There is water in two places - at the extreme south-western end of the site and at the north-eastern end below 'Birches'. This is the famous "Grey Water" spring. Both areas - "Prosce" and "Brezi" - are particularly popular for year-round hikes by mountaineers.
Velingrad - cave "Lepenits" (2h 30 min)
The cave is 1 356m long and is one of the 17 national cave sites in Bulgaria. It impresses mostly with its rich formations - stalactites, stalagmites and stalactons, stone curtains, delicate draperies and umbrellas. pearls and roses that are reflected in the crystal waters of the lakes. The cave has three floors. An underground river flows in the lower floor, the second is dry. It is expected to become a tourist attraction thanks to the good cooperation between the two neighbouring municipalities /Velingrad and Rakitovo/ and the Association of Hoteliers and Restaurateurs, after the prohibitive regime for the first 600 metres was lifted. Some of the halls also have interesting names such as the Concert Hall, the Armani and the Ruin. Over 1300 meters of the cave have been explored and mapped.
To reach the cave, you have to start from the Chepino district on the road to the town. Sarnitsa. At the confluence of "Lepenitsa" with "Bistritsa" take the asphalted road by the river "Lepepitsa". At 4.2 km there is a left turn on the asphalted road. It leads to the marble quarry. Continue left for another 2.4 km along the road by the "Lepenitsa" river. There are two caves along the way - the "Dry Cave" and another, smaller one. Along the same road for 40-50 minutes you reach a small wooden bridge. To the left of it, you can see a small river, which comes out from under a rock - this is the natural entrance of the cave "Lepenitsa". This passage is difficult because it is low and you have to crawl about 50 m in cold water.
Velingrad - "Golyama Syutkya" peak (5 h 30 min)
Golyama Syutkya (2186 m) is the second highest peak in the Rhodopes. It is known by several names - ,,Spartak", "Voden", the oldest and most polar is ,,Syutkya''. Some seek its origin from su-kaya /water stone/, others - from syt-kaya /milk stone/. The starting point is the Chepino district. You go along the asphalted road to the town. Sarnitsa and reaches the confluence of the river. "Bistrits" and r. "Lepenitsa", and from there - to the left along the road near the r. Lepenitsa. The bridge is crossed and there is a deviation to the right at 100 m. Cross the Lepenitsa River and take the steep slope of the Sertova Chuka peak. The locality is called "Krkolitsite". After about 10 minutes, leave the straight path and go to the right along another circular path that comes out east of the top of the saddle called "Shiroka Meadow". Continue east along the path, which runs along the north slope of the opposite height, until you come out on the high and level ridge. The ridge reaches the foot of the peak "Umbrella". To the east of the summit is a clearing at the southern end of which is a fountain called the 'Perkova fountain'. The trail continues eastwards and leads to the area of "The Mushrooms", after which the pine forests line up again until you reach the spacious meadows-pasture "Guzlata". A little further, and you reach the foot of the Binder Height. Climb the height and walk through a coniferous forest to reach the Kapakli Bunar meadow. Continue northeast along an overgrown clearing to reach the ridge of the Sutken massif and from there, along a grassy path, to the highest point - the pyramid of Mount Golyama Sutka.
Velingrad - Strazha Peak (1h 30 min)
According to the legend, the watchtowers were built on Strazha Peak, from which the guards of the fortress "Tsepina" monitored the traffic on the road from the west. In case of danger, they signalled the dullards from the headquarters on the summit, who in turn reported to the guards of the neighbouring fortress "Gradishte". In turn, she notified the fortified posts above the villages of Kostandovo, Rakitovo and Dorkovo. In this way the whole of Tsepino was put on alert.
To get to Mount Straža from the Kamenitsa district, one went east towards the asphalt base and the water pumping station. From the station take the steep slope and in 15- 20min. you reach a height that slopes west over the river. This is "The Watchtower." This road is straighter and shorter.
From the district of Lajene one goes east along the Blvd. "Khan Asparuh" and exit on the road to Pazardzhik and Batak. Pass the bridge on the river "Mutnitsa" and cross the railway line. Pass between the shepherd's huts and take the slope of Mount Straža, keeping a north-westerly direction. Cross the canal of the irrigation system. It takes 30 minutes to get from the canal to the summit.
Velingrad - the locality "Bliznatsite" - the locality "Vazova Polyana" through "Katarovo Gully" - the chapel "St. Spas - Kleptuza (2 hours - 2,30 hours)
Starting from the district of Ladzhene along the pond on the marked trail to the "Ostrets" peak. Here the hikers pour water, because the route is waterless. We pass through "Soldier's Meadow" and after about 10-15 minutes we reach the area "Mushroom". We leave the trail to "Ostrets" peak and go south /left/. After a short climb through oak and pine forest we reach the locality "Bliznatsite". There we can see a protected tree about which there is a legend. There is also a shelter there, which is an excellent place for rest. We descend a gentle slope and reach the area "Shopovaya Meadow" /there is a trail that branches off to the southeast and through an oak forest you can reach the BLC "Kamena"/ in about 30 minutes. We go again along the trail to Mt. "Ostrets". Leave the trail to the north and after 10 minutes reach "Vazova Meadow" or "Mangov Leon". This place was visited by the poet Ivan Vazov in 1892 - there is a memorial plaque and a shelter. The place is much visited by tourists and guests of Velingrad. From here we descend into a low saddle, cross the trail to Mt. We reach a small clearing, cross "Katarovo ravine" where there is a fountain with drinking water and after about 20 minutes of climbing we come out on the ridge. We take the path east and reach the chapel "St.. There is a wide meadow with two shelters, tables and benches. There are remains of an old monastery, a wooden iconostasis has been built. Here every year on the feast of St. Every year on the Feast of St. Spas a rich kurban is made. The trail continues to the east and after 30 minutes we reach a karst spring "Kleptuza".
Velingrad - intersection of 24 meridian and 42 parallel (24° E and 42° N)
The marking of the intersection of the 24th meridian and the 42nd parallel (24° ID and 42° N) was the idea of Professor G. Pukhalev /1935-2008/ from the LTU Sofia. There have been several assumptions about the location of the point: below the locality "Markovi Rocks"; above the district of Anezitsa; on a northern slope overlooking hop fields; above the locality "Blagovnogo" near the "Microreservoir". A project has been prepared and implemented to precisely locate the point and mark a route to it.
Possible approaches to the point are: through the district of Anezitsa or through the horse base "Sivek" and "Microreservoir".
The starting point is Kleptuza Lake. The walk takes about 20 minutes in an easterly direction past the Old Cemetery. After 20 minutes of climbing we reach the plateau "Gagovi Fields", "Markovi Rocks" remain on the right. Follow the marked path in a northeasterly direction for about 40 minutes, then climb for about 15 minutes up a steep slope and cross a cart track. Above it, on a slope is the Point marked in white and green. There are signs posted.
LEGEND: The / / are given informatively for the walking times required.