Mountain Route, Stage 4: Travel Guide Veľká Javorina - Inovec
Your bike adventure continues with crossing the Váh valley. At the Stage no. 4, you will enjoy long downhill on paved roads from the White Carpathians down to Nové Mesto nad Váhom and after chilling out at Zelená Voda lake a gradual ascent to Považský Inovec Mountains.
The first part of this stage is a long, 6,5-km long descent on asphalt road from your accommodation at Holubyho Chata under Veľká Javorina mountain down to Cetuna village. If you are already thirsty here, refresh yourself at the County and Western Saloon Cetuna.
After crossing a few more villages and a ride on tarmac roads with moderate downhill, you will arrive to Nové Mesto nad Váhom. In this pleasant town, you can fill in your supplies and to take a rest at nice square or in the parks. If you prefer to swim, continue another few kilometres out of town to the Zelená Voda (“Green Water”) lake.
Continue by crossing the Váh valley along through the fields and farms. Behind Kálnica village, you will find a large bike park for downhills. Be prepared for a 9,4-km long but pleasant ascent with 670 metres of elevation gain and some nice views along green and blue bike trails. There is one short but very steep part at Bohušova Studnička, where probably you will have to push your bike.
Before Jakubová hill, turn left from the official bike trail and follow a forest road to avoid steep uphills and downhills. After 1,6 km it connects to the blue bike trail again, that will lead you for the last 6,7 kilometres to Inovecká chata mountain hut.
Country Saloon Cetuna / 6,4 km
Original pub in a Western style, the first option to refresh after your intense descent from Veľká Javorina.
Wood Bar / 22.9 km
Authentic pub in the suburbs of Nové Mesto nad Váhom.
Bufet Piesky Kálnica / 34,3 km
Your last chance to refresh before a long ascent to Veľký Inovec mountains.
Cosy mountain hut offering tasty food located in 800 metres above sea level, surrounded by fresh Carpathian forests. The highest point of Považský Inovec Mountains with a sightseeing tower is less than 1 hour walk uphill.
Address: Inovecká chata, č. 410, Trenčianske Jastrabie 913 22
Telephone: +421 948 830 333
Nové Mesto nad Váhom / 24 km
Pleasant town with nice square, parks and shops where you can buy supplies for your journey, grab an ice cream and take a break from wilderness and forests a bit.
Zelená Voda Lake / 26 km
Nice lake with pubs and restaurants, where you can relax, swim and fill some energy before the next climb into the mountains.
Sightseeing Tower at Inovec / 52 + 2 km
Perfect place to enjoy splendid views to the hills and forests of Western Carpathians, located 1041 metres above sea level. It is 1,7 km walk uphill with 245 m of elevation gain from your accommodation at Inovecká chata. Click here for map of the route.
Large and helpful bike shop directly on the route that you will see while entering Nové Mesto nad Váhom from the north.
Another handy option to service your bike directly on your route just a bit further behind 22 Bikes you will see after crossing the bridge when arriving to Nové Mesto nad Váhom.
Miroslav Žucha – Cyklosport
Smaller bike repair shop in Nové Mesto nad Váhom you may try to contact in case the other two options do not work for you for some reason.
Things to see along the route
There are more interesting sites and locations you can see and things you can do along the Stage 4, especially if you are okay with a few extra kilometres of detours. Almost on the route, you can visit the centre of Nové Mesto nad Váhom with its square, parks and places to eat or drink. Just a few kilometres further, Zelená Voda (“Green Water”) lake is a cool place to swim and relax.
If you are willing to do more kilometres and like to visit medieval castle ruins, you have two options. The mysterious Čachtice Castle, famous for its bloody countess Elisabeth Bathory, is 9 kilometres one way from Nové Mesto nad Váhom on paved road with traffic and 175 metres elevation gain. All in all, the side trip would last at least 2 hours, but views from up there are splendid. Take a look at the map for directions.
Another beautiful castle ruin proudly standing on a rock is Beckov Castle. It is only a few kilometres detour between Nové Mesto nad Váhom and Kálnica in Váh valley. Click here for directions. Behind Kálnica village, there is a bike park where you can enjoy challenging downhill trails if this is your cup of tea.
If you have enough energy after coming up to your accommodation at Inovecká chata mountain hut, visit a sightseeing tower at the top of Inovec mountain, 1042 metres above sea level. By mountain bike, it is 1 hour there and back with 260 metres elevation gain. By walk, it is 1,7 kilometres and 250 metres elevation gain. There are amazing to the surrounding Carpathian forests from the tower.