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Obbekær to Villebøl

The third stage of the border path begins in Obbekær and generally follows the 1864-1920 demarcation between Denmark and Germany.

About the route

The third stage of the Border Path starts in Obbekær. From here, it more or less follows the line of demarcation of the 1864-1920 Border between Denmark and Germany. You can overnight in Stensbæk Plantage or at the campsite on the banks of Kongeåen. The route consists of tarmacked roads with broad grassy shoulders and trails, along with field and forest boundaries.

Nature

Hjortvad Krat consists of old forest and heather moors. While currently cultivated, the area used to be a moor called Fæsted Hede. Situated on a ridge, Horslund Krat’s oak thicket has developed over the years into an oak forest. There are several listed burial mounds in the area.

Attractions

Along the way you can visit Kalvslund Kirke. The parish was divided in two following 1864. While Kalvslund went to Denmark, Ravning and Bavngård went to the German parish of Sdr. Hygum Sogn.

Danish customs offices were located in a number of places: housed in a mill, Kalvslund Mølle, in two inns, Kalvslund Kro and Villebøl Kro (currently Kongeå Camping), and in Blokager farm. The German customs office was initially housed in Kalvslund Kro. From here, it was quite rapidly moved to Koldingvej 68 in May 1865.

Along Kongeåen there is an intersection with another hiking route, i.e. Kongeåstien. One can also go canoeing from here.

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