Map 10. Tågelund - Tørskind
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The path goes down in Egtved Ådal at Nybjerg Mølle and continues to the north to Bindeballe Købmandsgård. From here the trail heads east across Vejle Å, which here is called Tingkærvad Å. From here, the trail follows Vejle Ådal north of the river. Here you walk between forests and hills until you reach the bridge Ravningbroen. In this part of the Coast to Coast Trail there are lots of suggestions for detours where you can walk on the marked paths into one of the most beautiful river valley landscapes in Denmark.
Marked light walk 3 kilometres through forest and hills covered in heather.
A large part of Ådal around Nybjerg Mølle is preserved. Several walking trails start from here. Targeted nature preservation, such as grazing and logging, maintains the open landscape with meadows and commons.
The Exhibition at Egtved Storhøj
While removing a burial mound in February, 1921, the farmer Peter Platz came across a heavy, shaped trunk of an oak. The oak coffin contained an incredibly well-preserved young girl from the Bronze Age. She wore a blouse made of brown wool and a skirt made of weaved, brown woollen strings. On both wrists, she wore a bronze ring and underneath her blouse a large bronze belt buckle was found. The Egtved Girl was 160 cm tall and died when she was 16-18 years old, probably in 1370 B.C. It has been determined that the tree that she was buried in was cut down that year. At the site where she was found lie a reconstruction of Egtved Storhøj and a small exhibition with a copy of the oak coffin that the Egved Girl was buried in.
Marked 3.5 km walk. The walk goes through thicket, forest, lake, marsh and meadows with grazing horses in Egtved Ådal. The lake was used for producing electricity for a number of years. In the summer of 1994, the dam was removed and fish are now able to pass through it freely.
Bindeballe Købmandsgård was established in 1897 as a general shop. The same year the railway between Vejle and Vandel was opened. The grocery is still open in the original buildings as an old-fashioned general shop with personal service. Behind the old wood counters from 1897 speciality items are available, such as local schnapps, bitters, aquavit, various groceries etc. In the grocery, you will also find the largest grocery museum in Denmark with old articles, signs, furniture, equipment etc. on display. The collection includes more than 3,500 items, the oldest of which are more than 100 years old.
The railway was closed down in 1957 but Bindeballe Station today functions as a small museum for the Vandelbane railway. The ticket office and the waiting room have been reconstructed with original items. Along with the grocery store, the station tells the story of the time of private railways. Stone was placed on stone in the hope of creating viable towns along the railway. It went well for some towns. Other towns, such as Bindeballe, now offer the possibility of getting a sense of history.
The area around the railway is a primitive tent site so you can set up your tent in between the railway carriages. The railway station’s waiting room and kitchen may be used by campers and other visitors and in the old privy of the station you will find showers and toilets. Enquire at Bindeballe Købmandsgård prior to setting up a tent. Only regular tents may be used and you may only spend 1-2 night at the site.
The Bindeballe trail is laid out in the old railway track between Bindeballe and Vejle. The Coast to Coast Trail follows the old railway track right to Vejle.
Marked 3.5 km walk. The walk goes across Vejle Å and has a very nice view of the river valley with its meadows, commons and grazing animals.
View from Runkenbjerg
View of Runkenbjerg
At the top of Runkenbjerg, there is a unique view of Vejle Ådal. Take a detour from the Bindeballe trail and follow the marked path leading across Runkenbjerg, which is a long, narrow hill crest right in Vejle Ådal. Runkenbjerg is not a hill in the true sense of the work. It was left behind between all the erosive ice masses, which formed the wide landscape of Vejle Ådal.
Our forefathers also wandered in the meadows at Sønderkær. The area was full of life – and the sound of the flint smith’s pounding was clearly heard in the air. For a while during the Stone Age, Sønderkær was one of the most densely populated areas in Denmark. Hunters and fishers got most of their food in this abundant larder of nature.
"Tørskindmanden" (the Tørskind Man) - a sculpture by Robert Jacobsen
Tørskindmanden in his winter suit. Photo: Peer Hoegsberg
Where Bindeballestien crosses Tørskindvej it is worth taking a side trip to the gravel pit in Tørskind, which lies 2 km south of Bindeballestien.
At the edge of Ice Age river valley landscape at Tørskind, sand and gravel was mined for a period of time. As people became more aware of the fact that natural resources could be depleted, the work at the pit stopped. Today, the powerful forces that shaped the river valley are shown through rooms and sculptures at the gravel pit. Here, the sculptor Robert Jacobsen and his French apprentice Jean Clareboudt have created large landscape sculptures in harmony with the rooms of the gravel pit. Modern art blends in with the landscape to form a whole at the gravel pit in Tørskind.
North of the Ravning bridge lies the Troldborg Ring stronghold, strategically placed at the edge of the river valley at Ravning. The ring-shaped stronghold lies 70 metres above the river valley on a hill crest with a steep fall toward the meadow. No other Danish prehistoric is placed at such a dramatic site. The stronghold is surrounded by a rampart and towards land there is also a moat. Troldborg Ring is the most well-preserved Iron Age stronghold in Denmark. It was constructed in 100-200 A.D. and was used until the 5th century A.D.
View of the river valley from Ravningboen
Reconstruction of a part of Ravningbroen
Both from the north and from the south, sunken roads cut their way into the steep slopes down towards Ravning Enge. Right where the sunken roads end, the 760 m long bridge crossing Vejle Ådal built by Harold Bluetooth in 979/980 begins. Until the 1950’s, the bridge lay undiscovered under the meadow. But in connection with the draining of the meadows, the piles from the enormous construction started to appear. Today, the bridge is covered with a bank of earth and copies of the ends of the bridge can be seen at the site. An exhibition in Ravning Station tells the story of the excavations and the history of the bridge.
Links to tour folders
Vandreruten Vejle-Bække og Cykelruten Bindeballestien i Vejle Ådal. Folder about the Bindeballestien trail.
Tørskind. Folder about Vejle and Egtved Ådale.
Kyst til Kyst Stien. Folder about The Coast to Coast Trail