The oldest bike path in Denmark | Ringkøbing Fjord and the North Sea
Denmark's Oldest Bike Path - 9 km

Denmark's Oldest Bike Path - 9 km

One of the first toll roads in Denmark

There is a bike path along the main road from Søndervig to Ringkøbing, but there is also an alternative route along Ringkøbing Fjord. Not counting bike paths in Denmark's major towns, this bike path between Ringkøbing and Søndervig is theoldest one in Denmark. It was built to provide the upper class the opportunity for cycling from the market town of Ringkøbing to the healthy fresh air at the seaside resort in Søndervig. The government expropriated some land from local landowners and began construction around 1920. A man was hired to demand a toll at the entry point just west of the stream Vonå outside Ringkøbing. That also makes this bike path one of the oldest toll roads in Denmark.

Swimming in Ringkøbing Fjord

Today, it is probably not one of the best bike paths because it is a gravel road, but it is by far one of the most beautiful ones. The path is close to juncus near the waters edge and there is ample opportunity for making a stop at the bird watching tower, by the surfing area below Baggesvej, or at the parish church Gl. Sogn Kirke, which is one of the oldest and most beutifully situated churches in this area.

If the weather allows it, you can stop and go for a swim in the fjord using one of the entry points along the route.

Explore the town of Ringkøbing

The bike path ends on Jagtvej and you have to cycle across Vonå if you want to explore the town of Ringkøbing; go shopping, enjoy a meal, or perhaps visit a museum. Before the bridge was built across Vonå, people were ferried across, and there is a rumour that the ferryman was hired to judge whether passangers were good and decent enough to be allowed to go to Holmsland.

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Denmark's Oldest Bike Path

You can get a detailed cycling map at the tourist office