The beautiful figure-eight route over the flat plains of South Lolland offers lovely nature, antiquities and history of the great flood of 1872. The eastern route stretches across 27 km, and the western route is 24 km.
1. From Dagli Brugsen supermarket, cycle east to the end of Bygaden, where you will turn right down Gloslunde Gade to the rectory. There is a memorial garden for the flood victims of 1872, and 21 of the victims are buried here. The artist Thomas Kadziola has hand-carved the victims' names as they appear in the church book.
Opposite the memorial garden you will find an exhibition room where you can hear about the local flood and effects it has had.
2. Continue down Stenvadsvej and right onto Hobyvej towards Hobyfundet. During excavations for a house in 1920, a tomb was found containing many treasures, including two large silver cups. The tomb was discovered to be one of Europe's richest graves from the 1st century, during what is known as the Early Roman Iron Age. There are information boards at the site.
3. Follow Hobyvej round to the left and then go through Hoby Forest with a “put-and-take” lake, where there is a tent area for fishermen. Hoby gravel pit enjoys a lively bird life, including little red-necked grebes, a colony of sand martins, and the occasional nightingale.
After Hoby, the road continues down a small hill, from where you will cycle down onto the old fjord bed.
4. Continue straight towards the memorial stone in Rødby Fjord. Among other things, the memorial stone has the water level from 1872 marked on it. The memorial park has tables and benches, a barbecue, covered area, toilet and water, as well as two shelters with places for campfires. There are information boards at the site.
Continue south along Langelinie towards Kramnitse.
5. At the T-junction where Kramnitzevej splits, turn left and continue on towards the Tjørnebjerg farm. A dirt track continues to the dyke, where you can see some very special flora. Lidsø Estate’s nature restoration project has created a unique natural area for plants, animals and birds (especially waterfowl). There is public access on the marked footpaths.
6. The cycle route offers a wonderful view of the dyke as you continue right towards Kramnitse Harbour. Before the damming of Rødby Fjord, Kramnitze was the ford’s point of approach. This is where water from a large part of south Lolland is collected in the main channel, pumped into a large basin and passed through lock gates into the Baltic Sea. The pumping station at Kramnitse Sluice is one of Northern Europe’s largest. The flood in 1872 is a significant part of the area's history, and the dykes tell the dramatic story of the battle to reclaim the farm land from the sea and prevent flooding.
7. The route continues along the dyke, past the holiday cottage area in Hummingen. By Dannemare Enge, you can see from the dyke the remains of a dolmen. It is slightly damaged, but bears witness to the fact that there were people living by the Baltic Sea around 4,000 years ago.
8. The return trip passes by Langholmvej.
Did you know, that you can see this route and many other nature experiences in the app “Naturlandet”. The app can be downloaded in App Store or Google Play. All information is accessible in English, Danish and German – the app is FOR FREE.