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Friends of the Krka River Club: Take Walks in Nature Throughout the Entire Year!

Although the cold and low temperatures often serve as a justification for locking ourselves in the house and spending the weekend under the covers, the benefits of winter walking are considerable for both mental and physical health.

As a physical activity, walking is ideal for all ages and all seasons. In addition to helping to regulate weight, it also improves overall health. Hiking is a simple activity, without the obstacles that can occur in certain other recreational activities, such as lack of money, time, skills, equipment...

Whichever form of walking you choose, it can be more useful than running, at least that was indicated by research carried out at the Lawrence Berkley Laboratories. The study, which followed nearly fifty thousand subjects over six years, showed that walking, with an equal number of calories burned, had better results in preventing high blood pressure and cholesterol. In addition, it puts less strain on the joints and significantly reduces the risk of injury. Recreational walking should be rapid enough to accelerate the heartbeat and breathing rate, and should last at least thirty minutes.

It is often thought that we can catch a cold if we go for a walk in cold weather, but in fact, being in the fresh air has positive health effects! Colds are caused by bacteria or viruses – and in winter, they are more frequent because we live more indoors and in non-ventilated areas, and hence we can be more easily infected with these microorganisms. Walking in winter forces the body to consume more energy, and makes the body more resilient, stimulates circulation, and improves concentration.

You can enjoy walking in nature all year round, even in the winter months. Nonetheless, there are some steps that need to be taken to make walking in the autumn-winter landscape both comfortable and safe.

First of all, dress appropriately – in layers, but not too warm. We recommend clothing made of natural materials, which should not be too tight, and ideally the outer layer would be impermeable to wind and moisture. The footwear should fit comfortably, be suitable for sports, and be appropriate for conditions like snow or rain. If the temperature is below 10 degrees Celsius/50 degrees Fahrenheit, wear a hat and gloves to avoid losing body heat. In general, avoid going out during periods of extreme cold.

Walk on clean, known paths and keep an eye on the length of the stride: do not take too long steps so as to avoid slipping, and also watch the walking technique (shift the weight from heel to toes).

Ideal routes for all-day walking tours in the countryside can be found along the entire course of the Krka River, and the serenity and tranquility that can only be experienced in the colder part of the year will give a special charm to your “green walks”. You can enjoy walks along the Krka River all year round at a much cheaper price if you join the Friends of the Krka Club. Club membership is available at a price of HRK 200 for adults and HRK 90 for children aged seven to eighteen accompanied by their parents, while residents of the Šibenik-Knin County receive a 50% discount on their membership. Club members can visit all sites in the Krka National Park throughout the year without any limitations, except for the Skradinski buk waterfall during the busiest tourist months, i.e. in July and August, when the membership ticket can be used only once. In addition to the membership card of the Friends of the Krka Club, it is necessary to present an ID card or other suitable document at the entrance to the Park. You can enroll at all the reception points and branches of the Krka National Park upon presentation of your ID card.

Here are some suggestions for taking a walk inside the Krka National Park that will show you new places in the Park and the secrets they are hiding.

 

1. ROGOVO TRAIL

Along its entire course, the Krka River is full of breathtaking scenes, but the Među gredama canyon can definitely be said to be one of the most beautiful in the National Park. It can be seen from the Rogovo lookout point, at the end of the trail of the same name. Although there are no longer any visible traces today, in the area between the village of Rupe and the upper part of Visovac Lake, on the right bank of the river, there was once an ancient Croatian fortress called Rogovo (Rog, Babin grad), which is thought to have given its name to the Roški slap waterfall.

A 2.3 km long hiking trail leads to the lookout through a wooded grove, ideal for a light morning walk or to use up some calories after lunch. The path is partly asphalt and partly unpaved, with widenings for car parking. After a narrow and steep dirt road, you come to the top of the “horn” (Rog), which offers a view of the gorge, which on one end confines the Krka among high cliffs, while on the other it opens into Visovac Lake.

Because of its distinctive geomorphological structure, the Među gredama canyon was chosen as the place where the most popular Indian chief in films, Winnetou, rode.

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2. PERICE TRAIL

In the villages along the Krka River, the legend had been told for centuries about unhappy newlyweds and a grieving father, Prince Bogoje, who immurred two village girls, twin sisters, into the walls of the fortress of Nečven and Trošenj, to cry day and night for his son Bogdan, who drowned rescuing his bride Miljeva from a terrible dragon.

The very position of the medieval castles, located high on the edges of the canyon opposite each other, has always attracted attention and stirred the imagination about the glorious past of the Šubići i Nelipići princes, who ruled the area between the 13th and 16th centuries.

Descending down the Perice trail, which starts from the town of Nečven, located within the boundaries of the Krka National Park, you will reach the Bibići rapids, the place that marks the end of the navigable part of the Krka River. This is where the boats turn around that take passengers on excursions from the Roški slap waterfall to the Krka monastery and the medieval fortresses of Nečven and Trošenj, which to the present could only be seen from the boat. If you descend to the rapids and look up at the fortresses, you will feel the same awe that was felt by the travelers who once crossed a wooden bridge over the river that connected the two castles in the possession of powerful rival families.

The trail, which is about two kilometers long, descends steeply to the river, so we recommend walking shoes with anti-slip soles.

 

3. BRLJAN – MANOJLOVAC TRAIL

The crossing over the Krka River that connected the Bukovica and Promina regions in ancient times was part of a network of Roman roads in Dalmatia. The trail on the left bank of the river just above Brljan connects this waterfall with Manojlovac, the highest waterfall on the Krka River.

The trail, which is a little less than a kilometer long, is gentle and calm, with a slight downhill descent (or ascent) at the beginning. The travertine barriers at Brljan are about three hundred meters long, with a total drop of fifteen and a half meters. The lake water flows over Brljan waterfall only during high water. In the warmer part of the year, the waterfall dries up, as does the lake-like riverbed of the Krka River between the Brljan and Manojlovac waterfalls for almost half a kilometer. That is why the greenery of the sub-Mediterranean vegetation is so lush in the spring. At Brljan, as well as in other sections, grain was ground in numerous watermills, which have been abandoned today, so they, as well as those on the other bank, are slowly being taken over by dense vegetation, which hides them from human view.