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From the Negev to Jerusalem

Desert

This route will take you from the central Negev area through the plains of​ Judea and on to Jerusalem.

 
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day 5

 
Beit Guvrin
Lahav to the Ella Valley. Approx 80 Km.

 

“Saul and the Israelites assembled and camped in the valley of Elah and drew up their battle line to meet the philistines” (1 Samuel 17:2)

 

Leave Lahav north, along the old patrol road past the Zaak and Moran archeological sites. The area north of here has been settled since before the days of exodus and therefore, you will see many ruins of ancient towns and villages as you continue north. 
Once you reach Shekef, turn west towards Amatsia and Lachish. Lachish, first mentioned in the book of Joshua, changed many hands over history. The national park does a good job illustrating the complex history of the place. 
From Lachish, head north on road #35 toward the ruins of Beit Guvrin. This is a town built in Hellenistic times of a people that lived mainly off of large quarries in the area. The town was destroyed by the Roman Empire around the turn of the first millennium. North of here, on road #38, is the Ella v​alley, where several important biblical stories took place; the battle of David and Goliath being the most famous of them. 
Continue on road #38, pass the Monastery of Beit Jimal, to Beit Shemesh, our last stop before Jerusalem.

From the Negev to Jerusalem- Bicycle itinerary