One of the best-preserved examples of a Danish fortified village where the farms are built around an open common used by grazing livestock. The area was protected by a seventeenth-century national code, Danske Lov, which stated that no one could build on the common.
The castle belonged to the Holsten family in the 1400s. It was later confiscated by Queen Margrethe I, who tore it down and donated the property to the Abbey of Our Lady in Aalborg.
The church in Gl. Skørping has been a place of pilgrimage since the Middle Ages due to its sacred spring with presumed healing properties, Helligkorskilden. When the wellspring was refurbished, coins dating back to the year 1400 were found. The spring was previously the site of an annual springtime market, a tradition that however ended in 1891. The church is adorned with beautiful frescoes and in the cemetery you find the sacred spring.
In the village of Gl. Skørping you also find Gallery Tine Lilholt, housed in the old school in the middle of the village. Here an annual celebration is held, namely Majbøg (May beech, or Maypole) where local youth venture into the forest to collect budding beech branches to decorate the Maypole with. Throughout the night and until dawn, the pole is guarded so neighbouring villagers aren’t tempted to steal it.
Previously, the residents of Rebild travelled this very road when attending church in Gl. Skørping. Along the way, you can see the local charcoal-burner and if you are lucky enough you can see wood being burnt to charcoal, which is used for barbecues. The craft of burning charcoal can be experienced by a visit to Spillemands-jagt-og-skovbrugsmuseet (The Fiddler's Hunting and Forestry Museum) in Rebild.
Here there is a shelter where you can spend the night in the open. And in a local paddock you may be lucky enough to come across the lady’s slipper, an endangered orchid which blooms every year around Constitution Day (5 June).
Lille Blåkilde is one of the largest and most water-rich springs in the forest – a swampy headspring covering an area of 10-12 km2. The spring flows down to the stream of Lindsborg Å.
The area is protected, which means excavation and the collection of plants and animals is not permitted. It is strictly forbidden to wade into the stream.
It is unknown whether the spring has ever held religious significance. However, a few hundred meters south of the spring there are remnants of an ancient road. Throughout the area there are other clear signs that people have lived here in prehistoric times 6,000 years ago. Among the monuments are large stone barrows, wells, stone rows, etc.
Located in the river valley of Lindsborg Ådal. Since the 1990s, the area has undergone nature restoration. Now having returned to its original state, the lake is home to many different species of birds and the undulating stream of Lindsborg Å is known for its prime angling. During summer there is also ample opportunity to go canoeing – all the way to the inlet of Limfjorden.
By the western bank of the stream you find the headsprings of Gravlev Kilde and Egebæk Kilde, which have both been restored to an original state of meandering spring brooks. Large trout can be caught in Gravlev Kilde.
Further south you find Thingbæk Limestone Mine / RebildCentret, limestone, springs and art.
An underground museum in the old limestone mine features sculptures by Danish artist Anders Bundgård. And in the cracks and crevices of the dark and cool shafts you can see bats hiding. There are plenty of them, colonies of 500-900, and they are counted every winter. Public access to toilets.
Ravnkilde is to many the most beautiful of the natural springs in the woods of Rold Skov, and it is undoubtedly the most visited. The headspring and its stunted beech trees is located by the swampy foot of the hills. Streaming down to the river of Lindsborg Å, you can get unusually close to the headspring, allowing you to taste the water and fill your bottles for the rest of trip through the forest.
All the springs in Rold Skov are protected, which means that you are not allowed to wade into the water and collect plants or animals, etc.
In the immediate vicinity you find the home of legendary poacher Lars Kjær. Although he was a poacher, he got on very well with the local farmers in Rebild as well as the forest owners. His wife was a fortune-teller and today the small house serves as a regional heritage museum showing how a family lived and worked well over 100 years ago.
If your horse needs a place for the night, then Høhotellet can be seen from Lars Kjær's house. Høhotellet (the Hay Hotel) is only a shelter for horses and riders must find other places to eat and stay overnight, for instance the nearby wayside inn Rold StorKro.
The large heath and woodland area is accessible year round – on foot, by bike and on horseback. Part of the area is a nature reserve. Thousands of people meet here every year on the American Independence Day (4 July). The Danish Nature Agency has published detailed maps of the area.
Here you also find Troldeskoven (the ‘Troll Woods’) with 300-year-old gnarled beech trees. There is a lookout tower at Høje Odde with sweeping views across the area. And there is Urskoven (‘Primeval Woods’) where you will find a campfire site and where you can stay for the night in the open. Also nearby, you can watch the trout spawn in the small stream of Kovadsbæk if you are visiting at the right time of year.
A monument has been erected in Rebild Bakker in honour of the Cimbri (an ancient people). The stone depicts the characteristic Cimbrian bull and is the creation of Danish sculptor Anders Bundgaard. The inscription reads: "The Cimbri went out from these areas in the year 120 BC." The Cimbri monument was erected in 1933.
Blokhusmuseet, the log cabin museum, is owned by the Rebild Society and traces the stories behind the emigration from Denmark to the United States. By the museum you also find the Kolteen totem pole and a ‘memory lane’.
The Fiddler’s Hunting and Forestry Museum (Spillemands-jagt-og-skovbrugsmuseet) features local heritage collections and special collections dedicated to forestry and folk music. Toilets are accessible during museum opening hours. You can also enjoy meals at the museum café.
The house is named after ‘Top Karen’ aka Marie Andersen, who originally ran this little oasis from 1900 until her death in 1929, aged 86. In the old low-ceilinged rooms you can learn about the local celebration of the US Independence Day and the Danish emigration to the United States as well as other events through the ages at Rebild Bakker.
Denmark's largest forest covers an area of approx. 80 km2. The forest offers a wide range of opportunities for year-round activities. Here are just a few: Hiking, running, orienteering, geocaching, cycling, mountain biking, riding, adventure, sports, mini golf, and nature fitness. There is also a simple nature camp with a campfire site.
The visitor’s centre offers an overview of the diversity of experiences at the rolling hills of Rebild Bakker as well as other attractions to be found in the area. There has long been a desire to create a centre to welcome visitors, making sure everyone knows what the area has to offer upon arrival.
There are several options for catering and accommodation at Rebild Bakker, such as a hotel, hostel, camping site, B&B, restaurants, café, etc.
Among the events at Rebild Bakker is the celebration of the American Independence Day on 4 July, an opera festival (Opera in Rebild), a folk music convention (Folkemusiktræf), the spectacle of 3000 candles in the Thinbæk Limestone Mines, and the 12 and 24-hour mountain bike race, and much more.
One of the forest’s popular natural playgrounds, Røverknolden invites visitors to use all their senses. Here you can experience many fun things, including "The big world", a sense walk with tiny Thumbelina where you can experience super-sized animals and mushrooms of the forest and play the many instruments in the outdoor musical garden, Det Musikalske Uderum.
The Danish Forest Garden, Skovhaven, is an arboretum with approx. 125 different species from most of Europe. Each tree is marked with information on the species. The garden is also a dog forest, which means that dogs can run unleashed, provided the owner can control their pet. Skovhaven is also accessible by wheelchair.
A recreational area with a marked lakeside trail. The water is reddish brown in colour due to high content of soil and humus. However, you can swim in the lake year-round and during winter a hole in the ice is carved and a sweat lodge (sauna) is made available that can be lit by users.
Mosskov Pavillionen is a pavilion restaurant by St. Økssø where you can purchase food and beverage. Angling is permitted in the lake. Bivouacs are located next to the pavilion and can be used free of charge. There is access to toilets at the pavilion.
The route passes the bog of Lille Økssø Mose where there is a lookout tower that offers a good chance to see forest animals in the early morning and at dusk.
These fabled sinkholes are associated with many legends. Røverstuen is said to have been the hideout of highwaymen. Robbers would stretch a cord with silver bells across the road and when you rode through the woods the bells would ring and the bandits – who hid in the sinkholes – were ready to jump up and make a hold-up.
Hestegravene is a sinkhole that is said to have swallowed up a team of horses which were never seen again.
A small lake, artificially created by the construction of a small dam in 1959. The lake is named after a former forester, Jens Hvass.
Another of the area's many natural playgrounds where there is also access to a campfire and toilets. The area functions as a dog forest.
The circus museum is housed in Circus Miehe’s riding stables and offers a glimpse into the world of the circus as a workplace through 200 years. Next door is another museum dedicated to the famous Danish singer Jodle Birge.
Beautifully situated on the fringe of Rold Skov, Nørlund Gæstebud comprises the residence building of the tenant farmer, a tent in the castle estate and the historic Nørlund Castle, which together have all provided the setting for large parties and unique dining experiences that have inspired both guests and food critics alike.
Nørlund Castle is also a location with many legends.