Five child-friendly hiking trails (day trips)

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Are you looking for the perfect day trip for a weekend excursion or get-in-shape trips leading up to your upcoming hiking holiday, the hiking routes mentioned below are highly recommendable.
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8600 Silkeborg

Depending on how experienced hikers your children are, it is a good idea to motivate them along the way and make it a fun experience. Try for instance a game of hiking bingo – make a bingo card with different things you want to experience or see along the way.

1) Around Almindsø Lake / Denmark’s Only Family Trail Certified by the Danish Hiking Guild

A very beautiful hike through a diverse forest landscape with a view of the lake almost all the way around. In several places along the way, benches have been placed overlooking incredible views, including Kroghs Bænk – Krogh’s Bench.

You can begin your hike by Østre Søbad or at the northern car park at Søndre Ringvej by Almindsø. The water in Almindsø lake is very clean. In three places around the lake, you can go in for a swim, two of which have a wooden pier and shallow waters for younger children, who can also play and have fun in the sand at the stretches of sandy beach.

Length: 4.2 km

Estimated time: 1 hour and 15 min. – 1 hour and 30 min.

Find a map of the route here.

2) Around Slåensø Lake

Begin your hike by Svejbækvej and go from here to the eastern end of the lake. Towards the southern end of the lake, you will see several red patches of marsh. This is caused by the naturally occurring ochre coming from the springs that flow into the lake.

Length: 3 km

Estimated time: 1 hour - 1 hour and 15 min.

Find a map of the route here.

3) Around Ørnsø Lake

Please note! Occasionally, this trail is partially flooded.

During this hike, your chances of experiencing impressive types and flocks of birds are very good. Out on the water, geese, coots and ducks are floating. Kingfishers and herons are often seen by the lakeshores. In the marsh-like forest, there is a rich bird life of especially smaller species, which can primarily be heard around springtime when the beautiful music of the titmice and warblers peaks. Towards the south-western end of the lake, the nightingale will entertain you. In the autumn, you might be lucky enough to spot starling magic fill the skies: flocks of starlings dancing above the lake.

Length: 3 km

Estimated time: 1 hour - 1 hour and 15 min.

Find a map of the route here.

4) Træturen – The Tree Route

Please note! This route is unmarked.

Begin your hike at the sculpture park at KunstCentret Silkeborg Bad. Along the way, you will walk past more than 40 different species of tree. Towards the eastern part of the route, a narrow path leads you to an amazing vantage point at Kroghs Bænk, from where you can walk along the lakeshore and the paths back to your starting point.

Length: 3.5 km

Estimated time: 1 hour and 15 min. – 1 hour and 30 min.

Find a map of the route here.

5) Bakkeruten – The Hilly Route

From Silkeborg and the numerous car park areas along the roads, you can head into the hills in the forest. A walk from Dronningestolen past Langdalsåsen, Birkehøj and Ulvehoved to Lovisehøj requires that your physical shape is not too bad. Here, you will walk through thickets of spruce, fir and beech, interspersed with one breathtaking vantage point after another. For your way back, go under the tracks and down to Brassø, from where you can follow the paths back towards the city.

Length: 7 km

Estimated time: 2 hour and 45 min. – 3 hours

Find a map of the route here.

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