Earlier this year I was directed towards the Øhavsstien and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the information on this trail (or perhaps network of trails) was available in 3 languages and that maps were also available online. I purchased the guidebook, in English, which not only included maps of each section but also included comments about some of the interesting points along the trail. As I was looking for an overnight walk I chose the section in Langeland (a large island) commencing in Rudkobing. As soon as I alighted from the bus I was on the coast passing under the bridge connecting Siø (and the mainland) to Langeland.
There were many highlights along the trail including the Hybenrose,
Bromær, or blackberries, and apple trees.
The trail commences on the west coast of Langeland and then passes through Tullebølle on its way to the east coast. Tullebølle is a largeish town with an excellent bakery as well there is a well maintained church. Reaching the east coast you have the option of heading south to Spodsbjerg and taking the ferry to Lolland Falster with links by ferry to Germany. However, I headed north into Stengade Skov, home to a large redoubt system built for the Napoleonic Wars, at that time Spanish forces were stationed here. An interesting historical commentary on these times can be found here
It was now late in the day and I set about finding a campsite and once settled and having had dinner I spent a lot of time looking out to sea watching the ships head north and south through the Great Belt which is the strait between the Islands of Sjælland and Fyn with its impressive 18 km bridge and tunnel system. I was also entertained by two porpoises who slowly swam past.
The following morning it was grey and somewhat windy as I headed towards the west coast which I would follow for the remainder of the walk. The predominant feature in this area is the Tranekær Castle which was originally established around 1200.
Having passed through the outskirts of Tranekæar and entering a field I was rather surprised to read the sign indicating the hikers in May and June may be seen as "competition" by the bull. I don't think I have ever considered myself as competition to a bull before.
Leaving the paddock I followed a number of minor roads before reaching the coast line. The windsweptt coastline provided easy walking as I passed the Helletofte Dolmen which is thought to date from 3600 BC.
As well there were more recent objects including this winch for bringing the fishing boats in, this winch was still padlocked, I did wonder, however, whether the padlock was still needed and perhaps more importantly I wondered who had the key?
Gradually the afternoon brought with it sunshine and I spent a lot of time, taking my time, enjoying sun out of the wind.
As I headed north it was evident that it would be sunny albeit breezy.
The trail either follows the cliff edge next to cultivated areas, or occasionally dips down to the beach.
At the bottom of these steps I was taken by the three boats sitting in the water, each with their motors attached.
In the late afternoon I arrived at Lohals Harbour a fitting end to a very enjoyable walk, one which I will do again, ideally when there is some snow on the ground.
I stayed the night in the local camping area and later in the evening I wandered back down to the harbour to watch the sunset, a fitting end to an enjoyable walk.