Gelsådalen & Stensbæk Plantage - Gram

Distance: 13.49 Km

Beautiful natural area which is known for its geological pearls "the dumplings". There are marked walking routes, a fun mountain bike trail and a lovely dog ​​park. Close to the plantation you will find Stensbæk High School, which has an attached Skov Café that can offer lunch and coffee/cake. A beautiful natural area with fantastic hiking opportunities
Close to the castle town of Gram is Gelsådalen and Stensbæk Plantage, a nature area with large heaths that offers lots of experiences. The place is particularly known for the geological phenomenon "Klimperne" and offers marked walking routes good opportunities for exploring nature. The 3 walking routes all start at the Goliaths Hoved car park at Stensbækvej. At the parking lot, there is a "lunch box house" where you can eat the food you have brought with you. You can take a closer look at the various hiking routes here .
If you have your dog with you on the trip, there is also a large dog forest that covers an area of ​​approx. 10,5 hectares, which corresponds to the size of almost 15 football pitches.
The plantation is approx. 770 ha large and located on the Gelså Hedeslette between Ribe and Gram.
History of the area
The entire area at Gelsådalen is old borderland. The Danish-German border followed a stretch of the Gelsåen from 1865 - 1920. Around the year 1900, 2 large heath farms Åskovgård and Hedeagergård burned down two years apart, and during this period heath agriculture was in decline, and therefore the farms were not rebuilt.
The Prussian state bought both farms as well as the land for Stensbæk Kro, and started planting Stensbæk Plantage in 1904. The Germans bought the area with money they had received in war reparations from France after the war between the 2 countries in 1870 - 1871. The area remained part of Germany until 1920.
Stensbæk Plantage is dominated by flying sand, because it lies on a sand-covered part of the moorland, which is cut through by Gelsåen and Gelsådalen.
Historical monuments and cultural monuments
In Stensbæk Plantage there are very few burial mounds. Near one of the old bull driving roads, Gelsbrovej, on Åskov Hede are 3 smaller burial mounds. From Vadestedet at Gelsbro, the studs were driven over the heath to Toldboden, where Åskovgård was located, until it burned down.
At Åskov Hede you can see the remains of a large stone. The legend says that a treasure is hidden under the stone. Treasure hunters tried to blast the stone away because they didn't have the patience to wait for the stone to turn on its own. According to legend, the stone turned when it could smell bread being baked. However, the explosion failed and the remains of the stone are still there.

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