A Cycling Tour through the Forest - 90 km | Ringkobing Fjord | North Sea

A Cycling Tour through the Forest - 90 km

There are also forests and plantations in the area. Drive into the woods on this route

The 90 km long cycling tour through the forest may begin at the harbour in Ringkøbing or in the parking lot at the church Rindum Kirke. From here, you can take the small roads up to the villages No, Hee, and Tim, and further on into the plantation Kronheden Plantage with its migrating dunes. During the latest ice age, the strong western winds brought sand from the coast inland and thereby created these tall dunes, which are also called 'insands'. Today, heather, mountain pines and plantation flora grow here. The conditions for red deer, roe deer, and foxes are excellent here. Especially, the roe deer's mating call in the mornings and evenings in early fall is worth waiting for.

Hoverdal Plantage

The route continues through the plantation Hoverdal Plantage to the church Hoverdal Kirke, which can be found in the danish Ministry of Culture's Culture Canon from 2006 because it is one of the oldest stone churches in Denmark; it has remained mostly unchanged since it was built. It has a rectangular nave and an almost quadratic choir gathered around a common central axis. The church does not have a church tower; a modest bell hangs from a small porch roof on the eastern gable.

History

If you travel across the beatiful riverdale Hover Ådal, you will find Muldhøje, which is a 43 metres long burial mound that consists of to built together mounds from the early part of the Bronze Age. During the excavation at the end of the 19th century, three oak coffins were found of which one was in really good condition. It contained the remains of a 3400 year old man who, judging by his costly outfit, probably was a chief. The clothes of this man, who was named Muldbjergmanden, are the oldest and best preserved, complete example of mens' wear in Europe; today, his clothes are exhibited at Denmark's National Museum.

Imperial Garden

On the way to Spjald you pass the watermill Muldbjerg Vandmølle (watermill) which is at least 400 years old. East of Spjald lies the garden Laugesen's Have, which was created in the early 20th century by the farmer Lauge Laugesen. During a trip to Vienna Laugesen was inspired by the imperial garden Wiener Schönnbrunn to create his own imperial garden in West Jutland. Today the site functions as an course centre and the park has been opened to the public.

From Laugesen's garden, the route continues through the villages Ølstrup and Nørhede to Ringkøbing Fjord and further on into Ringkøbing town.

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Cycle trip to the Forest

 

You can buy a detailed map at the tourist office