Sunday, 9 November 2014

Nordkystien: Part 1 Gillelje to Helsingør

I arrived early at Gilleleje station and quickly headed to the coast, at 8 am in was very quiet as I passed through the shopping centre but it was less so around the fishing wharf.

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Leaving Gilleleje the path, bordered by hedgerows, climbed up to a park providing views back to the wharf area. By now I had warmed up and after removing a layer I headed into the forest ultimately reaching Nakkehoved Lighthouse

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The area around the lighthouse provides views across Oresund but with the wind coming off the water is was somewhat cool, soon I was back into the forest where I came across a grave. The grave is the last resting place of Kristian Faber  who was a lighthouse inspector, it seemed like an ideal resting place for a lighthouse keepers' final resting place with views across the water.  I pondered that if he was able to look out across the water today he would see a much busier waterway with ships heading to and from the Baltic Sea.

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Leaving the grave I soon came across a well used canoe/kayak campsite which provided a pleasant outlook over the water.

However, all too quickly I was into a built up area and hoping the bitumen would soon end. After what seemed like an eternity, but was less than an hour I was back on the beach seeking the firmest piece of sand to walk on as I continued west. I continued to hope that the sun would appear through the greyness of the featureless sky, sadly it never did. Following the beach and then a gravel trail I passed through the outskirts of Hornbæk before reentering the forest. Stopping briefly to look back towards Nakkehoved, and the breakwater at Hornbæk.

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With the sun high in the sky (behind the clouds) a suitable spot for lunch was found and whilst cooking my noodles I watched the Cormorants airing their wings and hunting for food with Sweden as a backdrop.

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After lunch I followed the what was left of the well maintained bicycle path as it wound its way along the foreshore, before turning inland.

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The forested section followed the railway line towards Helsingør and the end of the journey.

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Travelling home on the trail I was already contemplating the next section of the Nordkyststien, and hoping for sunnier weather.