Hiking on the picturesque Robber Knights’ Trail
The Robber Knights’ Trail leads from the village of Žlebe, near Medvode to Jeterbenk hill (774m).
Žlebe is just a regular Slovenian village, not renowned enough for the picturesque 16th century Church of St. Margaret standing above it on the summit of a nearby hill. The church is the first landmark to be reached on the Robber Knights’ Trail.
In front of the church you can sit on a wooden bench adorned with a carved dragon’s head. It’s based on the local legend of the dragon of Žlebe.
According to it, the villagers managed to trick the fierce dragon by offering him a lunch package of dead calf filled with quicklime and a barrel of wine. After he died from indigestion, they buried him under rocks and built a church on top.
They dedicated the church to St. Margaret of Antioch, a saint who managed to defeat Satan in form of the dragon herself.
The Robber Knights’ Trail then ascends into a forested hill on its shady eastern side so less sunlight found its way through the trees as we moved on. The trail is marked by its great looking signs as well as with educational signposts depicting forest animals.
The special event being the traditional Hike along the Paths of the Robber Knights, annually organised by the Žlebe–Marjeta Tourist Association.
Along the trail you can also admire a dramatic landscape full of steep downward slopes and ravines.
The trail from Topol to Sv. Jakob is quite popular among locals as it basically just offers a pleasant, undemanding stroll in a lovely natural setting. It’s frequented by families with children.
A group of small children along with their parents were skiing on a mild slope and enjoying the experience a lot.
Sv. Jakob is just the nearest of the hills that can be reached from Topol, which owes much of its popularity to its hiking trails going to all directions.
The top of Sv. Jakob offers magnificent views all the way to Kamnik Savinja Alps on the East, to Polhov Gradec and Škofjeloško Hill ranges on the west and to the Julian Alps with Mount Triglav (2864m), Slovenia’s highest mountain on the north.
Schwarzmann and Pr’ Jur are smaller and a bit more rustic.
Traditional Slovenian dishes such as Carniolan sausage, barley stew (ričet), “jota” stew, and homemade winter pork foods can be enjoyed in all three of them along with apple strudel or a variety of “štruklji” dough rolls available for desert.