This stage will take you back in time, to Urnehoved Mindepark, where the stones narrate the story of some of the dramatic events which have unfolded in this region. You can also see the most beautiful bridge on the route, Povls Bro and the oldest wooden building in Denmark, the church tower of Kliplev Church.
From Rødekro, the walking route goes south past Rise and Søst, after which it takes the direction around an industrial area, northeast of Hjordkær, where a grave has been excavated, which has been used by both Stone Age and Bronze Age people. The reconstructed Stone Age grave is built around a stone wheel, which was an important symbol of the sun god.
There is shopping in Hjordkær, where you can stock up before continuing your journey. South of Hjordkær, around 10 km of the Hærvej is conservation area. The stretch is gravelled, although motor vehicles are permitted.
At Urnehoved Mindepark, there is a rest stop, which is widely considered to have been the regional assembly. Ever region had its assembly during the Middle Ages, and for South Jutland, it was at Urnehoved, where it was used until 1523. A number of memorial stones have been erected in the grove which was planted from 1946 - 1948, which tell the story of many of the dramatic events which have happened at Urnehoved.
After the protected Hærvej route has passed by Årtoft Plantation, you will cross Bjerndrup River on the Hærvej’s most beautiful bridge - Povls bro. The single arched bridge, built in 1744 is an ideal place to take a break and admire the construction. The stone are built in a keystone arch, holding each other under pressure and in position.
The route leads now towards the west and around Kliplev, but if need provisions, you can turn east instead into town. The town was an important pilgrimage during the Middle Ages, on account of St. Hjælper. A crucifix in Kliplev Church was viewed to be a picture of the saint, even though it was probably a picture of Christ. The crucifix has since disappeared, but Kliplev Church is still unique as the free standing clock tower is the oldest preserved wooden building in Denmark, dating from 1300.
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