Sunday, 1 December 2013

Skjoldungestierne

Skjoldungestierne is a collection of trails located within close proximity to Roskilde and are accessible by public transport as well some of the trails form part of the Fjordstien. I had planned a short overnight walk and set off early from Roskilde, it was cool, however, there was a promise of improving weather as  I wandered along the shoreline of Roskilde Fjord.

Stones

with the lights of Roskilde gradually fading into the distance I made my way towards Kællingehaven.

Roskilde before dawn

Ahead there was the promise of clearer skies.

Roskilde Fjord

A few walkers and joggers were out as I passed by Kællingehaven, a nearby sign informed me that the trail was also known as Munkvejen (Monk’s Trail). I passed by a person feeding the ducks and after a short chat I continued along the shoreline before turning inland towards Boserup forest.

Early morning light Roskilde Fjord

The Skjoldungestierne now parted ways with the Fjordstien.  I made my way towards Svorgerslev following the perimeter of the golf course after leaving the outskirts of Svorgerslev I descended to Svorgeslev Sø (lake) with the weak morning sunshine brightening up the landscape. The lake offered some wonderful views as well as providing many walking alternatives but for me the path would follow the Kornerup River upstream.

Svogerslev Sø

I passed a group of mountain bike riders who, like me, were happy that the sun was shining in such a picturesque area. Soon afterwards I was attracted to the water aerator adjacent to Svorgeslev Sø I assumed its intention was to increase the amount of oxygen in the water.

Water aerator Svogerslev

Leaving  the environs of Svorgeslev Sø I continued along Konnerup River passing by some bee hives, I would pass by more later. The trail meandered along the banks of the river, under the freeway before ultimately reaching a grave mound indicating the  beginnings of entry into the historic area of Lejre. There are many grave mounds and other historic artefacts in the Lejre area including Sagnlandet Lejre which provides an interactive history of Denmark, today it was quiet, apart from the couple waiting for a horse to arrive for a musical performance, I filled up my water bottles and moved on, passing by the golf course and the back of Ledreborg Castle before descending through Møllesø forest across Kisserup creek then ascending to the open farm land surrounding Kisserup

Tradesmans entrance Ledreborg Castle

By now it was getting late and as I entered Bidstrup forest, a popular destination for scouting groups with many youngsters out playing, cooking sausages and generally enjoying the outdoors around Avnsø. As misty rain began to fall I wondered how long it would be before I would need my head torch. Ultimately I arrived at Rævemosen camp for the night. Setting up the Notch in the fading light I settled in to the routine of cooking dinner, and preparing for the long night to come.

Notch at Rævemosen

It was a little breezy during the night and I was very appreciative of the partial solid inner of the Notch, with air temperatures a little above zero C, I was warm and comfortable. I was in no rush to leave my cocoon in the morning, finally exiting into the early morning sunshine and the cold wind.

Sunrise Bidstrup Skov

The wind chill was high as headed past a small lake before following the trail into Hvalsø, a pleasant township, and one that I would happily revisit.

Lake in Bidstrup Skov

It had been a pleasant walk and as always there were unexpected sights and experiences which I was appreciative of.