Thursday, 5 April 2012
Along the Sjællandsleden: Præstø to Fakse Ladeplads
I alighted from the bus and headed to Hollændersskov entering the forest I could hear the rhythmic flap of the swans wings as they flew along Præstø Fjord. As I wandered I admired the old row boat resting peacefully in the reeds. Nearby it was also obvious that the reeds had been harvested for roof thatching. ON this cool weekday the forest was alive with activity there were timber fellers as well as the sounds of birds. Whilst, out in the fjord there were various water birds making their presence known.
Leaving the forest I passed around the inlet admiring the old thatched roof houses, wondering whether the rooves were built from the local reeds.
The trail then followed the road before once again entering a small forest within which was the Bredeshave shelters.
There was also a rotunda and slippery slide for the more energetic hiker. It was very quiet in the forest but I could imagine on a warm summers day many families visiting the area, playing and cooking and enjoying the forest.
Leaving the forest it was only a short walk past Marjatta (offering education to developmentally challenged children and young adults) to the main road which hugged the coastline. The road provided many wonderful views of the fjord and its surrounds.
The gem of this section of the Sjællandsleden must be Feddet Strand (beach) with its beautiful white sandy beaches.
The life guard tower and nearby caravan park indicated that this would be a popular destination in warmer weather. I was heading north on this trip, however, I intend to return and visit the nature area of Feddet which lies to the south and includes walking trails, bird observation platforms and beaches. I feel it would be easy to spend a day just wandering, maybe swimming, relaxing and of course grilling a pølse or 2.
I headed north along the sandy beach, it was warm and with calm seas it was a pleasurable experience.
Continuing along the beach I found a calm spot and decided to take a few photos of the water ebbing and flowing I could have easily spent the rest of the day just watching and listening to the sounds of the beach.
Watching the swans seemingly floating in the water, I finally reached the point where the trail left the beach and headed inland past the shelter place.
The shelter area was small with maybe a small place for a tent and no water, it appears that it may also be necessary to book it.
Climbing away from the strand looking south it was possible to see Præstø Fjord to the right and Fakse Bight to the left.
I followed the cliff tops past several burial mounds and by now evening was approaching and the temperature was dropping.
As I entered the outskirts of Fakse Ladeplads I once again joined the beach for one last view, the view to the south provided a picturesque beachscape of sand. water and cliffs.
Whereas the view to the north provided a beachscape of sand, water and industry. For many years Fakse Ladeplads has been a loading place for the shipping of stone and gravel from the quarries at Fakse, thus the resulting township name, Fakse Ladeplads (Fakse loading place)
I caught the train home reflecting upon a wonderful day along the coast of Sjælland, comfortable in knowing that I had now walked the coast line from Stevns Klint to Næstved.