Gelsådalen & Stensbæk Plantage - Gram

Distance: 13.49 Km

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Much more than just an ordinary West Jutland heath plantation. The unique landscape formations, untouched stream, large moors and wetland areas offer lots of experiences. The plantation is approx. 770 ha large and located on Gelså Hedeslette between Ribe and Gram. 

History of the area

The whole area by Gelsådalen is an old border country. The Danish-German border followed a stretch of Gelsåen from 1865 - 1920. Around 1900, 2 large heath farms Åskovgård and Hedeagergård burned down at two-year intervals, and during this period heath farming was in decline, and therefore the farms were not rebuilt. 

The Prussian state bought both farms and the land for Stensbæk Kro, and started planting Stensbæk Plantage in 1904. The Germans bought the area for money they had received in war compensation from France after the war between the two countries in 2 - 1870. The area remained part of Germany until 1871. 

Stensbæk Plantage is dominated by fly sand because it is located on a sand-covered part of the heath plain, which is intersected by Gelsåen and Gelsådalen. 

Ancient monuments and cultural monuments

In Stensbæk Plantage there are only a few burial mounds. Near one of the old stud driver roads, Gelsbrovej, on Åskov Hede are 3 smaller burial mounds. From Vadestedet by Gelsbro, the studs were driven across the heath to Toldboden, where Åskovgård lay, until it burned down. 

At Åskov Hede you can see the remains of a large rock. Legend has it that a treasure was hidden under the stone. Treasure hunters tried to blow the stone away because they did not have the patience to wait for the stone to turn on its own. According to legend, the stone turned when it could smell that bread was being baked. The blast failed, however, and the remains of the stone are still found. 

Hiking in the area

There are 3 marked hiking trails, all of which start at the parking lot Goliaths Hoved by Stensbækvej. At the parking lot there is a "packed lunch house" where you can eat your brought food. You can see the different hiking routes here.

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