(Suggested daytrip by bike or on foot)
The lake of Hald Sø and the hillscape of Dollerup Bakker is a protected area of approx. 1,600 hectares. Due to the topographical imprint of the Ice Age and (by Danish standards) the unusually deep (31-metre) lake and the steep southern slopes, the area is considered a unique example of Denmark’s glacial geology.
The varied nature of the deep lake, trickling brooks, quiet forests and wide-open heaths also provide habitats for a highly diverse flora and fauna.
Culturally, the area is also one of epic historic drama. Here you find the vestiges of "The five Halds", five lakeside manors that over history have carried the same name, the first of which was founded in the 1300s. Among them were the strongholds of Niels Bugge, bishop Jørgen Friis (who was shackled in his own prison tower) and ‘The mad Schinkel’ who tormented and plagued the local peasants. On a more peaceful note, the current Hald Hovedgård manor is a centre of creative writing and literary translation. You can visit the vestiges and ruins of the four previous Hald manors in the landscape.
In addition you can also visit, Dollerup Watermill, which in the early 1900s was Scandinavia’s largest spinning mill. Most of the buildings have since been demolished, except for a stone barn which local workers have adapted to charitable causes, such as an Ancient Road Information Centre.
Some of the area’s highlights: