Saturday, 8th September at 13.30 h.
From Hotel Skagen Strand we walk along Anesvej, and then follow the small paths and trails to the beautiful dune plantation Bunken Klitplantagewith its plentiful flora and fauna. Back in the 1800s, the Danish state systematically started to counteract the sand drift, and establishing dune plantations was one way of doing it. The plantations were afforested with, for instance, creeping pipe that grew well in the sand and kept the sand were it was. People talked about “rolling out a carpet of creeping pipe on the sand”. When walking in the Bunken Klitplantage you can probably imagine how the area used to be completely covered with sand.
We pass by the lake Birkesø, which is one of the small artificially established lakes. Lillesø was excavated in 1964, Birkesø in 1978 and Paddesøaround 1990. The shores of all three lakes are densely overgrown with birch, willows and rugosa roses, which the Danish Nature Agency sometimes cut down in order to let light through. The water level varies in all three lakes. Fishing is allowed in Lillesø and Birkesø, whereas Paddesø was established to provide a habitat for frogs and toads. Neither fish nor ducks have ever been released here.
During the last part of the hike we’ll follow the beach and then be back at the hotel after about 1 km.
Registration fee includes a sandwich, fruit and 1/2 l. water
Guide: Gunnar Jørgensen
Length: 11,5 km | Expected duration: Approx. 3 timer |Degree of difficulty: Medium