Trail of Ancient Times - Sir Lyngbjerg Plantage

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Natural areas
Sir Lyngbjerg Plantage at Holstebro is an attractive natural area rich in cultural and geological heritage, which the place still bears. Enjoy the view from the view tower at the highest spot in the middle of the forest. From here you can see over the hills, which were previously heather-clad, hence the name "Sir Lyngbjerg". There are good opportunities for sledging on the steep hills when the weather permits. In the forest there are marked hiking and exercise routes. Red route, which is a historic route of approx. 2 km tells about the history and geology of the place. Two blue routes on respectively 3 and 5 km walk through the forest, to the view tower, over the hills and follow the paths past the school. There are also mountain bike tracks with jumps and challenges for both beginners and experienced in the forest.   Glacial Landscape Sir Lyngbjerg is geologically a ridge moraine hill landscape, formed at the end of the last ice age for approx. 20,000 years ago. Here the ice masses stopped their advance from the north and east on a line from Bovbjerg on the North Sea to Viborg and from here to the south to Kruså. This ice border line - called the Main Line - follows the northern and northeastern edge of Sir Lyngbjerg Plantation. The areas behind the line in the north and east are a moraine landscape that consists mostly of solid, fertile clay soil. In front of the ice ridge, a great violence of clay, sand and gravel was formed which the glaciers pushed in front of them. When the ice melted, the melt water poured out of the glaciers and formed large meltwater floods. While these rivers led to moraine materials which were deposited in the form of large meltwater plains or heathlands, they also smoothed the terrain in front of the ice edge. But it was not everywhere, the melting water managed to erode the soil and smooth the landscape. Sir Lyngbjerg is therefore the remains of the ridge moraine with steep hills and gorges with unsorted sand and gravel. West and northwest of Sir Lyngbjerg in direct connection with the ice ridge line is a landscape with rounded hills, which forms a hill island formed by the ice from the penultimate ice age more than 130,000 years ago. The geological conditions in the plantation are described on the information boards on the marked routes. Read more about the geology in the area on the Geopark West Jutland website.   Cultural history Since the 1860s, Sir Lyngbjerg has been one of the most important popular gatherings in Northwest Jutland. Over the years, a number of monuments of prominent people and significant historical events have been erected in the hills. A total of 8 memorials, which were the political manifestations of the time. Today they are cultural history and remind us of the many popular meetings that took place in Sir Lyngbjerg. The memorials can eg experienced on the marked historic route. In the past, the hills were heather-clad, but in 1879, a group of prominent ground-dwelling peasants decided to set up a corporation whose purpose was to buy a portion of the hills and plant them. The purpose of planting the heath was that the place was to be a light plant, as a framework for a popular gathering place. In 2011, a covered open-air scene was created, which is open to church, popular and cultural events. Every year there is Edge Rock on the stage in June.

Sir Lyngbjergvej

7500 Holstebro


The landscape in Sir Lyngbjerg consists mainly of clay, sand and gravel which have been pushed up by the ice and have formed a ridge moraine. In Sir Lyngbjerg Plantage you can see the remains of the edge moraine, with steep hills and deep gorges. Read more about the influence of the ice age on the landscape at Geopark West Jutland's website.
Several places in Denmark established shooting associations after the loss of Southern Jutland. The establishment of a shooting association in the area became the beginning of great popular activity. For example, lectures were arranged, and the activities developed into outdoor idol services, folk festivals and large public meetings with several thousand participants focusing on democracy and freedom of expression.

In 1879, a planting company was established, which paid for the planting of the area's 20 hectares. The plantation purpose today is to be an attractive natural area, with party space and lighting facilities for everyone.

A number of monuments have been erected on prominent persons and significant historical events, which you can experience on a walk along the many good trails with signage that tell of nature and history.

Download hiking guide over Sir-Lyngbjerg here: Hiking - Sir-Lyngbjerg Plantation.


Sir Lyngbjergvej

7500 Holstebro


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