Miriam Trip, Stage 3: Travel Guide Low Tatras - Slovak Paradise
Another big day today. More unpaved than paved roads, with some significant climbs and an option of a challenge to bike up to Kráľova hoľa (1946 metres above sea level). Scenic route on southern slopes of Low Tatra National Park and reaching Slovak Paradise National Park.
After only 4 kilometres from Heľpa you reach Pohorelá village. From here, cycle down to the Hron valley. Just before reaching Valkovňa village, turn left for a gradual climb with scenic views to Šumiac village.
In Šumiac, make a stop at the local museum of traditional bells. Or, if you have enough time, energy and motivation, leave your bags at local pub and cycle up to Kráľová hoľa (1946m), the highest peak accessible by bike in Slovakia (1050 metres climb in 12,5 kilometres, also unpaved).
Continue across the meadows to Telgárt. Behind the village, make a stop for a cup of coffee at Depo café and enjoy the views to Telgártsky and Chmarošský train viaducts.
Take the main road for 2,5 kilometre climb before entering right to another paved section. After another 2,5 km climb and reaching the pass you deserve a 14 km long descent to Dobšiná. Refresh yourself before the last 8,5 km climb up to Voniarky.
From here, enjoy downhill to Dedinky lake and cycle around it to your guest house.
Šumiac / 16 km
There are several pubs and a grocery store in this picturesque village.
Telgárt / 23 km
Grab a cup of coffee in this cosy café with a view to a famous Telgárt viaduct.
Dobšiná / 42 km
Pizzeria, pub and a grocery store in this authentic town with major Roma population.
Penzión Pastierňa / Dedinky
Guest house with restaurant in charming village Dedinky.
Address: Dedinky 42
Telephone: +421 907 365 375
Museum of Bells, Šumiac / 16 km
Very folk and traditional stuff!
Kráľová hoľa / +24 km
If you are crazy and wish to cycle +1050 metres elevation gain, cycle from Šumiac up to the highest point of Slovakia accesible by bike.
Viaducts of Telgárt / 23 km
Two iconic train viaducts, the Chmarošský one being more impressive.