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Skocjan caves

I'm trying to work out how "strenuous" the walk out from the caves is (i've a pretty good idea re: caves and entrance) - can anyone help? Do you need to be a regular hill-walker, or someone who very occasionally does this, isn't superfit but is healthy? Rick steves' book says " strenuous" Thanks
S

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Susan, from start to finish it is probably a mile or two in distance. The walk way is often fairly smooth rocks, not entirely level, with some stairways. You will join a group with a guide, and our guide stopped frequently to let everyone catch up and hear his commentary. I would say everyone in our group easily kept up with him, including a young couple carrying a toddler and a number of middle aged travelers. I guess some endurance is required, along with being steady on your feet and having reasonably good vision.

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Hi Susan! You dont need to superfit to get to the entrance, its just a road then a path through some bush with a few stairs. Anyone who is of average health shouldnt have a problem, hundreds of people do it every day! The caves themelves have paths that go and up and down and around but there is a funicular at the end to take you to the top! :) Cheers
Greg and Rona

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I am in my late 50s and not superfit. To "train" for travel (I train year-round) I walk 5 miles 3 times a week. Getting to the caves was fine. The uneven ground was fine. The several hundred steps getting out was a significant pain. There are also 4 or 5 switchbacks once you are outside before you reach the little car to the top. I think it was a doable walk, but a fair percentage of the 55+ crowd in my group were panting and sweating.

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Thank-you all so much for the help. Think i'll be huffing and puffing but they sound worth it :0))
S