As we have visitors and they are “family” it seems to be the done thing to take them somewhere both different and exciting. They have visited several times before so a bit of effort is required to find new things to do.
My all time, full time favourite neighbours, Robin and Wendi (Glasgow Rangers and Maple Syrup, gives clues to their Nationalities) suggest Zrmanja Canyon. It is within 50km of Starigrad Paklenica, not regarded as difficult walking and extremely beautiful.
So off we jolly well go, Robin and Wendi in their car with Zdenko their neighbour who is from up country (Slavonia) and holidays at his family cottage each year in the village. Me with Christine and Bob, who has a very slight heart problem in my car.
Stopping in Obravac to give Zdenko his morning coffee fix we are still on time for a nine o’clock start as the temperature today is expected to be in the high 30s.
Our actual destination is Kuda’s Bridge (Kudin Most) purported to have been built by a lovestruck young man to reach his beloved who lived on the other side of the River Krupa.
To get there you take the Knin road up out of Obravac for about 10k then turn left towards Krupa village , left again signposted to Golubic (after the 700 year old Orthodox monastery that will surely be another blog subject) and turn left just in the village by the Skola. This road dead ends at tiny car park outside the house of a charming lady who sells excellent honey. The track is clearly signed and shows the bridge at a 20 minute walk, you are within 1 kilometre of your destination.
The goat path down to the bridge is easily accomplished by all in around the suggested time even with “look at that” and “WOW” stops. Although steepish in places lightweight trainers were the preferred choice, Christine and I, in sandals, coped fine too and I met nobody who told me that my footwear was most inappropriate which did make a change.
The views on the way down and at the bridge will take your breath away. The water is excellent to swim in although you can’t help looking over your shoulder for the official who will jump out of a bush to tell you that what you are doing is forbidden!!
The walk back up is a little more difficult although Bob who gave himself a 5 minute start was able to cope fine even with his “dicky ticker”. Robin caused a few minutes of worry with mild heat exhaustion but a little resting, fanning and Wendi’s tender loving care got him safely to the top.
I shall definitely go again with Mandy next time she is over and if the weather is a little cooler the dogs can come too. There is no livestock to worry about and the cliffs are not too steep nor the drops too dangerous.