Second nature: freewheeling through Slovenia

With its green credentials, unspoiled landscapes and high quality local food producers, it’s like Tuscany without the crowds and high prices

The Karst area of Slovenia

My mountain bike is ploughing through the heart of the Karst, Slovenia’s unique landscape of eroded limestone formations, caves, underground rivers, disappearing lakes, sinkholes and abandoned open coal mines, bumping over rough forested paths, peppered with stones and roots.

In a fair imitation of erstwhile cyclist comedian Benny Hill’s dangerous wobble, catapulting over the handlebars only to disappear headlong into the undergrowth, I somehow hold on. No biking prowess is needed, just enhanced technology, because ...