The woodland of Kompedal Plantage is located just west of the Ice Age ridge and expands over the eastern plains of the Karup heathland.
The woodland is state owned and managed by the Danish Forest and Nature Agency in Central Jutland. The plantation is the location of Grathe Heath and Kompedal Lejren, a camp that was established to house conscientious objectors to military service in 1933, but which today serves as a nature camp.
The plantation is located southwest of the village of Thorning where Danish author Steen Steensen Blicher served as a pastor from 1819 to 1825 and where he would venture out on his long walks into the heathland, which was the focal point of his many books. Learn more about Blicher at the Blicheregnens Museum in Thorning.
The wide-open plain is characterised by large areas of conifer woodland, easily accessible from motorway A13. The area’s wide-open heathland has many stories to tell. Not only of Blicher, but also of the German heathland farmers, known locally as the ‘potato Germans’, who immigrated to the area around 1759. There are also destinations of historic importance and great natural beauty, such as:
Located a few kilometres north of Kompedal Plantage you find the area’s oldest heath plantation, Alhedens Plantage. Here there are about 70 prehistoric barrows, a number of well-preserved sunken roads and Jens Langknivs Hule (a limestone grotto).
Kompedal Plantage is a very peaceful woodland, not least because motor traffic is not permitted. There is a rich wildlife, which the few visitors enjoy in perfect tranquillity. Unless the wind is from the east, there is no sound of human activity here at all.