Eco path "Bozhentsi – the Dryanovo Monastery"

The path starts from the village of Bozhentsi. You walk along an asphalt road Bozhentsi-Gabrovo for about 15 minutes, and then turn right at the Bozhena Spa Complex. The eco path passes east of the village of Trapezkovtsi and goes up the crest just below Mount Cherni Vrah (779.4 m) to the east. You pass along the crest. The village of Tsvyatkovtsi lies in the valley to the west. A mountain path coming from the villages of Kmetovtsi and Sabotkovtsi passes just below the Mount of Mogilata (711.2 m) and goes north to the Hunters’ Fountain.
There is an arbour there and a rest area. The path continues along mountain tracks east of the Mount of Trite Chukara (665.1 m) and out to the big Bochukovo clearing. A 10-15-minute climb follows up a hill from which there is a spectacular view of the Balkan. You climb down for about 20 minutes into a deep ravine, and then up again and across the King’s meadow, to reach Gabrovo. You go into the village of Gorni Varpishta along an asphalt road and past a small chapel where you can stop for a rest. A dirt road passing though a plum orchard, takes you to the east part of the village of Dolni Varpishta. This is a karst area with lots of caverns and grottos, from where the village derives its name – Varpishta (on top of the cavern).

A picturesque forest path passing through a variety of plants and trees, takes you in 30 minutes to the fortress of Boruna. The fortress dates back to ancient times (5th – 6th century), the time of Justinian, and was inhabited till the end of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. You can see ruins of living quarters, a water-storage tower, the fortress wall and the gate of the fortress.

From the fortress you continue north-east along a mountain path to the Boruna Rock. There is an arbour there, and the two view points offer a truly panoramic view of the Dryanovo Monastery and the canyons of the Dryanovska and the Andaka rivers. From the rest area you continue west and after a 10-minute walk along the edge of the rocks, you reach some stone steps climbing down to the Bacho Kiro Cavern. The Dryanovo Monastery is just a short walk away.

The eco path ‘Bozhentsi – the Dryanovo Monastery’ is clearly signposted with white and green signs. It takes about 4 and a half hours to go all the way along this eco path. The route is pleasant and easy, without steep climbs. The lovers of nature can come across many kinds of wildlife along the path (deer, hares, wild bores, badgers, hedgehogs, tortoises) as well as a diversity of plants, trees (oak, elm, yoke-elm, wild cherry trees, tea-trees, acacia, aspen) and mushrooms.