Walk through the UNESCO-listed Par Force hunting landscape of Gribskov Forest.
Learn about the lives of medieval monks at Esrum Abbey.
Stay at the idyllic vineyard of Garbolund and taste the local produce.
Discover historic churches and windmills along the route.
Reward yourself with a well-earned drink or ice-cream upon reaching the sea at Tisvilde.
Walk the ancient pilgrimage route from Esrum Abbey to Tisvilde
Self-guided walking holiday with luggage transportation
The Tisvilde Pilgrim Path follows the route of the ancient monks and pilgrims from Esrum Abbey to the healing spring of Helene Kilde in Tisvilde. The route leads through some of North Zealand’s most beautiful natural surroundings – through woodlands, pastures and nature reserves and along the shores of Denmark’s two largest lakes. This walking route is of course rich in heritage. The numerous churches, ruins and burial mounds along the way are testament to the region’s rich history of settlement and trade.
You begin by spending a night in Hillerød, where a walk around the grounds of the majestic Frederiksborg Castle is a must. Known as ‘Denmark’s Versailles’, Frederiksborg is the largest Renaissance castle in Scandinavia. From Hillerød, you walk northwards, following a lovely lakeside path along the shore of Lake Esrum to the impressive 12th Century Esrum Abbey. Your walk then takes you through the peaceful Gribskov Forest in Kongernes Nordsjælland National Park to the quiet village of Mårum. Continuing eastwards, you pass Pibe Windmill en route to the idyllic vineyards of Annisse on the shore of Lake Arresø. Your final walking day takes you first through the town of Ramløse, with its working Dutch-style windmill. You then cross the scenic Tibirke hills to the heathland forest of Tisvilde Hegn, before finally reaching the sea at Tisvilde.
|5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS||€650 per person sharing*
*Discounts available for groups of 4 or more. Please enquire for info.
||You will stay in selected B&B’s, inns and hotels.
You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.
|AVAILABILITY||You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between April 1st and October 31st.|
Day 1: Arrival in Hillerød
Located in the heart of North Zealand, Hillerød is the ideal starting point for exploring the region. We recommend enjoying an al fresco dinner at the main square while enjoying the stunning view over the lake to Scandinavia’s largest Renaissance Castle.
Day 2: Hillerød – Esrum Abbey – Mårum
Long option: 27 km | Ascent: 230 m | Descent: 230 m | Time: 6½ hrs approx.
Short option: 17 km | Ascent: 160 m | Descent: 150 m | Time: 4 hrs approx.
For your first walking day you have two options. You can either walk all the way from Hillerød or begin by taking the local bus to Nødebo, on the shore of Lake Esrum.
If starting from Hillerød, you walk through the stunning grounds of Frederiksborg Castle before continuing northwards through the UNESCO-listed par force hunting landscape of Gribskov Forest. When you reach Nødebo, it is worth taking time to visit the 13th Century church, which is the oldest in North Zealand. From there, you have a lovely walk along the shore of Lake Esrum. You will pass through a grazing pasture for miniature ponies before reaching the northern shore of the lake. From here, it is only a short distance to Esrum Abbey and Mill. You can learn about the lives of the medieval monks before enjoying a leisurely lunch at the Mill Café. You then re-trace your steps to the lakeshore before turning westwards, through Gribskov Forest to the village of Mårum.
Day 3: Mårum to Annisse
Long option: 23.5 km | Ascent: 197 m | Descent: 214 m | Time: 5½ hrs approx.
Short option: 18.5 km | Ascent: 136 m | Descent: 154 m | Time 4½ hrs approx.
The first half of today’s route follows tranquil woodland paths through Gribskov Forest. For the second part of the route you have two options. The shorter route takes you via the Solbjerg Engsø lake and the 18th Century Pibe Windmill. This route follows quiet country roads through the picturesque, hilly landscape south of Helsinge. The longer route takes you first alongside the stream Pøle Å, then via the village of Alsønderup followed by the wetlands of Alsønderup Enge and then briefly to the shore of Lake Arresø.
Your destination today is the idyllic vineyard and farm of Garbolund. You can unwind after your walk and enjoy the delicious homemade tapas (included) and the all-natural organic wines produced on site.
Overnight: Garbolund, Annisse (dinner included).
Day 4: Annisse to Tisvilde
Distance: 16.5 km | Ascent: 140 m | Descent: 130 m | Time: 4 hrs approx.
Be sure to check out the lovely hilltop church in Annisse before leaving the village. The nave dates back to about 1080. You then follow the shore of Lake Arresø (Denmark’s largest lake), before an uphill stretch to the town of Ramløse. It is well worth pausing here to visit the 12th Century church and working Dutch-style windmill.
From Ramløse, you continue across the Ellemosen moors and the scenic Tibirke hills to the heathland forest of Tisvilde Hegn. You finally reach the sea at the beautiful beach of Tisvildeleje, where the colourful bathhouses recall a bygone era. You can reward yourself with a delicious fish & chips, or perhaps a refreshing beer or ice-cream, before making your way to your accommodation in the centre of this pleasant seaside village.
Day 5: Tisvildeleje loop walk and departure
Distance: 18.5 km | Ascent: 140 m | Descent: 140 m | Time 4½ hrs approx.
If you have time before leaving today then you can take a loop walk in the heathland forest of Tisvilde Hegn. The route takes in the excavated ruins of Asserbo castle Torup village, which were uncovered from beneath the drifting sands.
There are regular trains back to Hillerød for onward travel.
If you would like to book an additional night in Tisvilde we would be happy to arrange that for you. Please let us know at the time of booking.