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Høm to Obbekær

The second stage of the Border Path begins in Høm and ends in Obbekær.

About the route

The second stage of the Border Path starts in Høm and ends in Obbekær. Between Høm and Obbekær, one can either walk around, or through, Stensbæk Plantage (i.e. plantation). The surface varies between tarmacked roads with broad grassy shoulders and forest paths. There are shelters in Høm and in Stensbæk Plantage, and a campsite next to Enderupskov (i.e. forest).

 

Nature

The route passes through an Ice Age landscape with steep slopes and deep river valleys, through forests and across moors, all of which are rich in animal and plant life.

Munkesø (i.e. lake) was drained in the 1860s to create meadows for the cultivation of hay. However, it was restored in the 1930s and covers 24 ha.

Stensbæk Plantage covers over 2000 hectares of natural environments comprising a number of plantations, marshes, streams and moors near Varming, Stavnager, Enderupskov and Gelsbro.

The German state commenced the planting of the plantations in 1904.

Attractions

Ribe Golf Club is open for guests. Both Obbekær Kirke and Hygum Hjemstavnsgård (i.e. home farm) stand as monuments of the border period.

Local history

When Spandet Sogn (Parish) was German.

From 1865 until reunification in 1920 there was a German customs office in Spandet Sogn. Traces of the German period are still visible in buildings and graves.

Read more about Spandet Sogn.

Hømlund Kro (inn) and the innkeepers.

The innkeeper Jens Nissen came into the focus of the German authorities at the beginning of the 20th century and when he crossed the border in 1911, he was arrested and spent 10 days in the German detention center in Toftlund.

Read more about Hømlund Kro and the inn keepers