The Ancient Road: From Bølling Lake to Jelling, 4 days
Magnificent scenery and compelling history make The Ancient Road a very special walking experience. The route goes along the Jutland ridge from Bølling lake (a little west of Silkeborg) and ends in Jelling. With the opportunity to spend an overnight stay in Jelling and good time to see the Jelling runestones and the burial mounds. You pass both the Guden creek and Skjern creek source and pass through the old royal city of Jelling. The route includes some of the most beautiful Danish landscapes with hills and valleys, fields and meadows, lakes and streams and forests. Along the way, staying at inns, hotels and B&B’s. Your luggage will be transported to the next place of accommodation, so you can enjoy the walks.
- Enjoy the walk while your luggage is driven to the next accommodation.
- Experience nature on the ancient route along Jutland's ridge and water courses.
- The route passes near the places where Gudenåen and Skjern streams have their source.
- The Ancient Road passes through the exciting landscapes of Sepstrup and Vrad Sande, with dunes, lakes, heather and juniper berries.
- Experience the old royal city of Jelling with the beautifully restored church, the Jelling stones and the burial mounds. (Vagabond Tours recommends extra accommodation in Jelling)
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Dag 1: Arrival at Bølling Lake
The tour starts at Bølling Lake (about 2 km from Engesvang train station) where you will check in to your overnight accommodation. In the evening, dinner is served. If you arrive early, we recommend that you have a look around the very scenic area. (- / - / D)
The code above in parentheses shows the meals that are included (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner), (-) is not included.
Dag 2: From Bølling Lake to Vrads
Today's hiking leads around the southern part of Bølling Lake, which is the subject of one of the largest nature conservation projects in Denmark. The lake was formed during the last ice age 10,000 years ago. In the 1940s, the Hedeselskab carried out extensive drainage of the area - in vain, for the soil proved unsuitable for agriculture. Today the lake is restored, and the area is protected. It is beautifully located on the watershed and is one of Denmark's highest lakes. At the eastern end it flows towards Gudenå, which ends in the Kattegat, and at the western end towards Karup creek, which ends in Skive Fjord.
The route takes you past Funder creek and through the undulating landscape at Vrads Sande. There are large plain landscapes with poor sandy soils. Here are dunes, lakes, heathers and juniper berries, as well as the area is characterized by windy sandstorms. Vrads Sande has never been cultivated and was made a conservation area in 1968 to protect the heaths and dunes.
The day's hike ends in Tingdals Lakes. The lakes are renowned for their water purity and rare flora. Overnight accommodation is at one of the beautifully situated B&B's in the area around Vrads (about 22 km). (B/-/D)
Day 3: From Vrads to Rørbæk Lake
From Vrads and Tingdals lake, the Ancient Road goes south to Nørre Snede and the church with the famous Granite Baptismal font, which has been exhibited in Berlin and New York.
The local grocery has a wide selection of local products for lunch, and the coffee shop is an ideal place to take a break before the route continues south. South of Nørre Snede we recommend deviating slightly from The Ancient Road, to go past Rørbæk Lake which is surrounded by lovely nature. Today's stage ends immediately south of Rørbæk Lake. Accommodation at Rørbæk Lake (about 24 km). (B/-/D)
Day 4: From Rørbæk Lake to Jelling
The day starts out with a four-kilometer-long protected stretch between Koutrup and Tinnet Krat, where you can see the old tracks of The Ancient Road. The route meanders picturesquely through a desolate landscape of forests, heaths and fields. Along the way you will pass Koutrupgård, which was a former inn on The Ancient Road. A little east of the track lies the sources of Gudenå and Skjern creek. Skjern creek begins in a small lake and flows westward ending in Ringkøbing Fjord, while Gudenåen first flows east and then north to Randers Fjord. The area is characterized by oak forest. Its many water sources have attracted many people and always had a special significance for pilgrims.
Along the way, you pass Margrethe dike, which is a low rampart or defensive wall. One passes Øster Nykirke with Sct. Peders well, and old stone road signs to Vestermølle. The route leads to Kollemorten, where an area with oak forest is thought to be remaining from Denmark's original forests.
The walk ends when you reach the old royal city of Jelling. Here you can experience the Jelling monuments, known as Europe's most significant from the Viking Age, and is on UNESCO's world heritage list. Experience the beautifully restored Jelling church and the burial mounds – historically, the most important place on The Ancient Road and a worthwhile ending of the tour. If you would like to be in good time for your return trip and to experience Jelling, Vagabond Tours recommends an overnight stay at Jelling (see information on prices) (about 21 km). (B / - / -)
During the trip you will stay at a different place of accommodation each day. You will stay in a double room at local hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts (B&B’s). Single rooms can be booked for an additional fee.
The Ancient Road hiking trail goes through a sparsely populated area of Jutland and passes through very small towns. Therefore, only a few places are located along the route. Most of the places of accommodation are located some distance from the hiking routes. Therefore, in the day-to-day description, there are two kilometer-distances in some places, as the total mileage for this day depends on where you depart from the route and the type of accommodation you stay at.
The accommodations vary in standard, as you stay overnight in a combination of hotel, inn and B&B’s. Some places are en-suite and with toilet and other places with shared bathroom and toilet. Common to all accommodations is the good host. The hosts will do their best for you to have a good experience.
The trip is inclusive of half board. Lunch is at your own expense. A packed lunch can be ordered at the place of accommodation (remember to give the kitchen a message the evening before).
It is stipulated in the daily program which meals are included or not included in the price of the trip. (Breakfast/Lunch /Dinner).
The days hikes are between 18 and 24 km. (can be extended up to 32 km). Under the Day-to-Day agenda, the number of kilometers per day are indicated. This is an approximate indication, as the number of km per day may vary depending on which accommodation is reserved for you and how close to / far from the route it is.
Your luggage will be transported to the next place of accommodation, so you only carry a small backpack with the items you need for the days hike, such as lunch pack, rainwear, camera, etc.
How to get there
The tour starts at Bølling Lake. You must make sure to get to the starting point of the trip (by public transport or private car). The place of residence is approx. 2 km from Engesvang Station.
Start: The hike begins at Bølling Lake (2 km from Engesvang Station, west of Silkeborg) and can start on any day of the week. The first day is an arrival day without hiking. See www.rejseplanen.dk for train and bus times.
End: The hike ends in Jelling (after about 21 km of hiking). There is a train and bus station in Jelling. See www.rejseplanen.dk. You can extend your trip with an overnight stay in Jelling.
The Ancient Road
The ‘Military Road’ is just one of the names of the traditionally-rich road that goes from North Jutland via Viborg to Hamburg. It is one of the oldest roads known in Denmark, and it was originally called Studevej (Stud Road), Oksevej (Ox Road), Old Viborg Way or Kongevejen (Kings Road). There were three crossings over the Limfjord: At the Viking towns of Aggersund, at Nibe and at Nørre Sundby.
From Viborg the road continues along the Jutland ridge towards Flensburg across Nørre Snede, Randbøl, Vejen, Vojens and Rødekro. The road runs more-or-less parallel to the Jutland ridge. There was no major watercourse, as the ridges divided the streams and waterflows, running from both the east and the west. The Ancient Road was in old days, not one road but many different tracks that met at a major crossing, such as at the stone bridges over Immervad stream, Gejlå and Bjerndrup stream (Povls bridge).
The road was used to drive cattle and livestock down through Jutland and from Funen to markets in Hamburg and the Netherlands. Along the route royal privileged inns were introduced, so stud drivers and other travelers could get accommodation and supplies. At that time, a day’s travel was 30-40 km, so the inns were located at suitable distances from each other for a day’s travel. There were also folds for the animals, in the form of a circular enclosure made with barley.
In the Middle Ages, The Ancient Road was also used by pilgrims on their way to the sacred sites of southern Europe, of which the most distinguished (and distant) were Santiago de Compostela and Rome. Pilgrims from Iceland and Norway also followed the route down along the Jutland ridge.
Today, The Ancient Road follows one track that goes through the same beautiful landscape of Jutland, and many of the same towns as the historical route. One walks through a diverse cultural landscape of hills and valleys, fields and meadows, lakes and streams, marshes and forests. In August and September, you can experience blooming violet heather, for example at Dollerup on Grathe heath and Vrad Sande. The heather is a habitat for lots of butterflies, grasshoppers and bees, who deliver the fine heather honey. experience blooming violet heather, for example Dollerup at Grathe Hede and Vrad Sande. The heather is a habitat for lots of butterflies, grasshoppers and bees, who produce the fine heather honey.
- Accommodation at hotels, inns and B&B’s
- Breakfast all days
- Dinner all days (total 3 x dinner)
- Transportation of luggage (1 per person, max 15 kg) between the accommodations
- Hiking map (1 set per couple / group)
- Information, recommendations and practical tips
- Product liability insurance
- Fee for travel guarantee fund
- Transport to the start and end of the trip
- Supplement for single room (can be booked, DKK 625 per person)
- Baggagesurcharge for solo traveller DKK 225
- Packed lunches can be ordered from the place of accommodation the night before
- Supplement for accommodation in Jelling (recommended) DKK 750 per person including half board in double room / DKK 900 in single room
- Extra set of hiking maps (can be ordered, DKK 200)
- Cancellation insurance, 6% of the price of the trip (can be ordered)
- Booking fee DKK 145
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- Individual tour (24HAER-3B)
- Lenght: 4 days
- Date: 01/04 til 01/10
- Difficulty grade: 1-2
- Accommodation grade: 2-3
- Hiking with transportation of luggage. Price per person based on 2 people travelling together. Solo surcharge for single tour participant.
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