The trail was named after Ančka, the former owner of the Šumej homestead, who continued to live in this ancient house with a functioning open-fire kitchen until 2005.
The trail leads along hilly terrain between the Dobrnica torrent and the Hudinja, which flows from the direction of Vitanje. There are no real settlements here, just small clusters of houses and isolated farms dotted amongst orchards and vineyards. The locals you meet here can tell you a lot about the way of life in this area.
Starting in the centre of Dobrna, Ana's Trail leads along the road past the remains of Villa Ružička towards Hudičev graben, past the Gutenek Castle (a former brewery) to the Kneipp trough filled with crystal clear water that springs from under the rock. Continue on past the Ledenica or Bierkeller cave and the Drenovec waterfall along the smaller waterfalls on the Drenovec stream until you reach the clearing that is ideal for a picnic. Follow the grassy track to the Marovšek farm; they have a beautiful picnic spot as well as an old smithy and small collection of antiques that they will be happy to show you. At the turn, take a right downhill and continue on your way to the Šumej homestead, where you can take a look at the preserved open-fire or “black” kitchen. From here, walk around the Gruševec hill to the village of Zavrh. In the crossroads, turn right and follow the road to the junction at the Flis house; take a left, pass the Flis cross and follow the asphalt road downhill until you reach the Blažič farm, where you can admire beautiful examples of rural architecture, a granary and a hayrack. They also sell excellent honey.
If you are thirsty for some good wine, take a left and follow the trail uphill to the Dražnik farm; they also have honey and other bee products. From here, descend back into the valley and walk past the Švab homestead and chapel until you reach the junction; turn right and follow the macadam road to the Vrba excursion farm. Then follow the grassy track to the church of St. Nicholas and climb one last hill; the summit offers an unforgettable view of Dobrna and the surrounding area. From here, descend back into the valley and return to Dobrna.
Duration of tour : 3 hours Dolžina : 9 km
moderately difficult tour, undemanding tour
in low mountains
Range of hiking available
family excursions, walks, trails through forests, trails to waterfalls, trails to mountain pastures