Map 9. Bække - Vester Torsted
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The trail passes the moor Gispel Mose, which is where Holme Å has its source. After that, the trail passes Klebæk Høje where the trail takes a detour to Bække. The trail continues northeast through farmland and plantations in part along Hærvejen (The Army Road) before it turns to the East at Nordbæk Plantage.
Stone ship and burial mound at Klebæk
Just north of Bække lies an interesting ancient monument. In the Bronze Age about 3000 years ago, two burial mounds were made here, which later, in the Viking Age, were expanded with a 45 m long stone ship. At the stern of the stone ship stands a 9th century runic stone with the inscription: "Revne and Tobbe made this sepulchral monument for their mother Vibrog". The stone ship is crossed by tracks, indicating that Hærvejen later passed the area.
A runic stone stands in front of the church in Bække
Bække Kirke is an 800 year old Romanesque church. Try to find the two heads, which have been carved into the foundation of the church! A runic stone, which was found in the churchyard dike in 1807. The stone is dated 925 but its original site is unknown. The stone reads: "Tue Ravnsunge and Funden and Gnyble, those three made Thyre’s hill".
A couple of kilometres north of Bække lies an erratic boulder weighing 50 tonnes. The stone comes from the lakes in Åland and was moved here by the ice 15,000 years ago. According to legend, Harold Bluetooth was moving the stone to Jelling when he was told that his son Swein Forkbeard had rebelled so he left it behind.
Before there were any cars and railways, the main road of Jutland followed the divide running through the peninsula. Back then, Hærvejen consisted of humble gravel and sunken roads. It was not just one road – a network of minor roads formed what we today call Hærvejen. It was populated by merchants with oxcart, drovers with their animals and pious pilgrims. Remains of sunken roads along the Hærvej trail now bear witness to this traffic. In times of war, this was the natural marching road of the armies – hence its name.
Links to tour folders
Kyst til Kyst Stien. Folder about The Coast to Coast Trail
Hærvejen. Folder about The Army Road