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Serbia: E4 Long Distance European Trail from Vratna Monastery to Krivelj

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Distance
108.82 mi
Elevation gain
9,747 ft
Technical difficulty
Moderate
Elevation loss
9,134 ft
Max elevation
2,904 ft
TrailRank 
35
Min elevation
112 ft
Trail type
One Way
Coordinates
2813
Uploaded
May 8, 2018
Recorded
May 2018
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near Vratna, Central Serbia (Serbia)

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Photo ofSerbia: E4 Long Distance European Trail from Vratna Monastery to Krivelj Photo ofSerbia: E4 Long Distance European Trail from Vratna Monastery to Krivelj Photo ofSerbia: E4 Long Distance European Trail from Vratna Monastery to Krivelj

Itinerary description

This track is the route of the E4 European Long Distance Trail from Vratna Monastery to Krivelj in Serbia based on Map 10 of "Rambling through Serbia at a slow pace", a booklet published by Planinarski Savez Srbije (PSS), the Serbian Mountain Association. While the track is close to the trail described in the booklet, I cannot guarantee it is the exact route or indeed the best, all I can say is that I successfully walked it in April 2018. More details of my trip can be found in my blog johnpone4serbia.blogspot.com.

Starting from the dramatic natural, limestone bridges in Vratna canyon the trail passes Vratna Monastery, and continues over farmland and through wooded areas to reach the ruins of a Roman palace by Sarkamen. It visits the town of Negotin and then cross the river plain to the confluence of the Danube and Timok, before doubling back to the village of Mokranje with its double waterfall. An area of woods and vineyards follow with characteristic wine cellars (pimnice) and traditional villages before the route crosses farmland to reach the wooded foothills of Deli Jovan. It crosses a broad valley and climbs to the base of the mountain of Stol, and then continues to Veliki Krivelj. This final section through Veliki Krivelj is not as per "Rambling through Serbia" in which the route crosses the ridge of Veliki Krs, however, I could not work out the way down Veliki Krs on the south west side. If you know of the route, please put a comment below and load a trail of the route. I have also flagged an overgrown section of trail between the villages of Rajac and Tamnic that hikers should be prepared for (or avoid).

For my complete trek on the E4 across Europe read my book "Six Pairs of Boots: Spain to Cyprus on the E4 Trail" by John Pucknell available from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, the Bookdepository.com, lehmanns.de, bookspot.nl, and other good online bookstores.

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Waypoints

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Photo ofBorder look out post

Border look out post

An old look out post close to where Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania meet.

Photo ofBukovo Monastery Photo ofBukovo Monastery

Bukovo Monastery

Bukovo Monastery which is close to route of E4

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Photo ofNatural Bridges

Natural Bridges

There are two natural, limestone bridges close to Vratna Monastery and a third some way up the valley

PictographWaypoint Altitude 488 ft

Section of overgrown trail

Impossible to get through thorny bushes growing in old track, I managed to work my way around them

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Photo ofRajačke pimnic Photo ofRajačke pimnic

Rajačke pimnic

A large number of traditional wine cellars with characteristic rounded, masonry arches

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Photo ofSovinac (lake) Photo ofSovinac (lake)

Sovinac (lake)

A small lake with an closed restaurant.

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Photo ofStol Mountain Photo ofStol Mountain

Stol Mountain

The mountain of Stol, with a summit at 1195 metres, lies beside the E4 trail

PictographSummit Altitude 3,786 ft

Ridge of Veliki Krs

The E4 should go over this mountain which has a height of 1148 metres, however as I could not determine a way down the other side, the trail I actually took goes around it.

Photo ofVratna Monastry

Vratna Monastry

PictographWaterfall Altitude 148 ft
Photo ofMokranje Waterfall Photo ofMokranje Waterfall

Mokranje Waterfall

Difficult to photograph due to the trees

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