The wind on the west coast can be quite strong in this corner of Denmark - and it has been that way for thousands of years! This has resulted in long periods of sand drift, which has created large sand dunes, wet hollows and many lakes, which together have resulted in a unique landscape of dune, heaths and forest, in this rugged and beautiful part of Thy. It is a natural diversity and an enviroment that is very rare, and therefore was named a National Park, in 2008.
Further info here: Thy National Park
HIGHLIGHTS OF THY NATIONAL PARK:
The national park is 24,370 hectares, stretching up to 12 km inland, along the west coast, from Agger Tange in the south to Hanstholm in the north. The national park includes coastal dunes, dunes, dune plantations and large lakes, and bound together by less extensive agriculture areas. It is especially dunes and dune heaths that are of great national and international importance.
HANSTHOLM LIGHTHOUSE AND COASTAL SLOPE:
The lighthouse is located at the edge of the western part of Hanstholm, with a wonderful view over the northern part of Thy National Park and out to the North Sea. It was built in 1843, and for a time was the world's most powerful lighthouse. Parking is by the lighthouse and the church.
SUGGESTION: Follow one of several tracks through the lighthouse garden (Hanstholm Allotment Association) next to the old coastal cliff and the national park's northern border. Here you have a magnificent view of Hanstholm Wildlife Reservation, and the extensive dunes and coastline, with it's stunning, rugged beaches stretching over 50 kilometers to Agger, in the south.
Leaflet: Hanstholmen - Hiking #118
BIRD WATCHING TOWER IN TVED KLIT PLANTATION:
SUGGESTION: Follow the yellow hiking trail (approx. 2 km) leading to a bird watching tower on the edge of the nature reserve. From here the habitat of the Natioanal Park is stretched out for miles in front of you - dunes, dune plantations and lakes. In March and April you can be lucky to see cranes, dancing and trumpeting, and in September it is a good place to see large herds of red deer and hear the early morning or late evening roar of the deer.
There is a car park at the end of Sårupvej in the northern part of Tved Dune Plantation.
SUGGESTION: Follow the yellow hiking trail that winds its way steeply up the old coastal slope to Isbjerg, which is Hanstholm Wildlife Reservation highest point of 56 meters above the sea. From the top you have a magnificent view of the reserve, with views to the North Sea in the distance, and the clean, clear water of Nors Lake to the south.
Parking is located in the south western corner of Tved Dune Plantation - at the end of Hindingvej. Quite near the parking area is a public fire place and grilling area and on Bagsø (lake) there is a handicapped accessible fishing platform.
BATHING SPOT AT NORS LAKE:
This lovely bathing spot is light and open, and sheltered by woods against the wind, with a child-friendly beach. The water quality is wonderfully clean, as the lake is located on the limestone floor and has its water supply from groundwater through cracks in the limestone. The lake is part of the nature reserve - therefore, sailing and windsurfing are prohibited.
The bathing spot has a toilet, tables, benches and three fire and grilling places. There is also a handicap toilet.
From Vester Vandet go 2 km north on Agerholmvej. The parking area is located by the lake.
Klitmøller was a busy trading centre for grain and other foods being sent to Norway (timber, iron and horses on the returning ships), from 1600 to 1800. Another trading boost came in the form of the fishing trade, which is still very much visable and active, in the small town, today. These days, Klitmøller is also known as one of Europe's best surf spots, for windsurfing and surfing.
SUGGESTION: Stroll along the beach and enjoy the wonderful seaside light and fresh sea air. Join a surf school, and learn to surf! And when the wind and/or waves are really pumping, then watch the surfers do they stuff!
For parking: Splittergab - north of the town. Trøjborg - south of the town. Ørhagevej - central
Bøgsted Rende is a popular picnic spot in Thy. Many come here to bathe in the sea or to walk on the beach. And on cold, windy days, you can seek a natural, dense shelter in the forest, just inland from the sea dunes. A network of many marked hiking trails start from the parking area.
SUGGESTION: The blue hiking trail follows a lovely stream in a gully, through a dense forest of century-old, windswept and stunted trees. Further up, the yellow trail goes through Thagårds Plantation - one of the first plantings, in the dunes, in Thy, from 1816 - and winding up to the land mark, which is one of the few remaining "beacons" which were erected in 1884 to serve as guideposts for shipping. Other well preserved beacons can be found at Vigsoe and Stenbjerg.
There is parking right by the 11 main road, or 1 km further down, towards the coast. There is also a large parking area at the end of the road, by the beach. There are also toilets, tables and benches, here.
Leaflet: Tvorup Klitplantage – Hiking #116
STENBJERG LANDING PLACE:
Stenbjerg Landing Place is an old fishing community, situated right by the sea. The picturesque fishing sheds were built by fishermen around 1900 and used today by recreational fishermen. The preserved lifeboat station, which was built in 1931, contains a small exhibition which tells about the local history and rescue brigade.
SUGGESTION: Walk from the landing place on the beach to the south until you find trail number D102. Follow this through the dunes and past the land mark beacon. Keep walking through the town, past the church and the long line of fishermen's houses, and take a look at Kate Lassen's paintings exhibtion, in her house. The walk is 4.5 kilometers.
From the roundabout on the coast road, and choose the exit for Stenbjerg Landingsplads. Follow the P signs.
Many years ago, fishing was the main occupation of here - and also agricultural farming. Lyngby was created in 1864, when six families from Agger and Ålum decided that they would move to a place with better prospects. During the early-mid 1900's, many holiday houses were built in Lyngby. Then, as it is now, it was an exclusive place for a vacation for those who sought tranquility, peace and authenticity.
From the coast road (11) just north of Svankjær, follow signs to Lyngby. There is parking spaces along the road, and also a car park at the end, by the beach.
SUGGESTION: Walk from the old life boat house, that now serves as primitive accommodation, south along West Coast Trail towards Lodbjerg. Follow any one of the dune paths, out towards the the ocean, and walk along the beach back.
Leaflet: Plantations in Sydthy - Hiking #42
The preserved local landmark of Lodbjerg Lighthouse was built in 1883 of granite blocks from Sweden. From the lighthouse top, you can get an amazing view of the entire southern part of Thy National Park. To the north are the large, rugged dunes, stretching from Lodbjerg over Lyngby to Stenbjerg.
Looking south, you can see Ørum Lake and Flade Lake, surrounded by green meadows, and further south Agger Tange and Thyborøn Channel can be spotted on a clear day. A big white sand dune to the north, reminds of the power and the ravages of sand drift through hundreds of years.
Parking near the lighthouse.
SUGGESTION: Follow the blue hiking trial through the low forest and over the dunes to Penbjerg and back to the lighthouse.
Agger Tange can be seen from the north-south coastal road or from the dike to the west. There are several parking and stopping spots in the area. In the town of Agger, there is a handicapped accessible path up the dyke.
In addition to being one of Northern Europe's most important resting spots for waterfowl, the area is also an important breeding location for endangered meadow birds. The natural history of the area is also very interesting. On the border between sea and fjord a lot of dramatic events have occurred - like storm surges, ocean breakthroughs, sand drifts - and coastal protection has played a big part of Agger Tange's history.
SUGGESTION: Stroll along rescue road east of the dike and follow the beach back.
Pick up a leaflet at Thy Tourist Office