The beautiful figure-eight route through South Lolland’s landscape offers lovely nature, antiquities and history of the great flood of 1872. The eastern route stetches accross 27 km and the western route is 24 km.
1. From Dagli Brugsen supermarket cycle south along Langholmvej and turn right onto Skovvej. At the end of the road, turn left, and then to the right a little further on, turning onto Vestervej towards Kongeskoven.
2. Cycle through the shelter and silence of the forest to Stødby Strandvej. Turn left and shortly after, turn right into the next forest to Maglehøjvej.
3. Turn left again and take a right shortly afterwards. Approximately 200 metres inside the forest on your right is Maglehøj, South Lolland’s highest point. Maglehøj was formed during the last ice age, and at 14 metres high it cuts quite an impressive silhouette in the flat landscape.
4. Back on the forest road, cycle further west into Vindeholme Lindeskov. Here, you can discover an old linden tree forest, which is really something special. It is believed that the lindens in the forest date back to 6000-3000 BC. The lindens have largely disappeared in Denmark because of a changed climate, but in Vindeholme they have been maintained as a result of the mild coastal climate.
5. The tour continues through the parking area and up onto the dyke. Cycle west and enjoy the stunning views of the sea and forest. Along the way, you will pass several ponds with an abundance of wildlife including frogs and toads.
6. At Næsby Strand, where you can find accomodation, cycle inland down Rolandsvej to Rudbjergvej, where you turn right, and after a short distance, on the right you can see the wooded hill called Sølvbjerg.
The hill is a glacial formation. Lolland was a part of Germany at that time. The first animals that came to Denmark in large numbers after the Ice Age were the reindeer. The reindeer were the reason why the hunters came up here. In the flat landscape, Sølvbjerg has served as an excellent vantage point. Excavations here discovered the oldest-known evidence of human presence in eastern Denmark, and they are more than 12,000 years old (Hamburg culture). Sølvbjerg has also been used as a place of execution: the last public execution in Denmark took place here in 1882. Several people who were put to death now lie buried underneath the hill.
7. Further along Rudbjergvej, at the junction by Maglehøjvej, continue straight ahead and turn left down Klønge Byvej to the Tillitse runestone, which you will find just inside the gate to the cemetery at Tillitse church. The runestone was discovered in 1652, and in 1856 it was brought to its present place. Rune researchers believe that the stone dates from around 1070-1085.
8. Continue cycling along Tillitse Kirkevej, right onto Egebøllevej and Torvevej back to Bygaden.
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.