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Walking to the point

The top of Denmark

Tony and Daisy at the point

Walking along the North Sea coast

The lazy way to the point

Walking along the Baltic coast

 

Looking to the point - do you think it wall fall into...

 

Strange beacon

 

 

 

 

 

 

The buried church

 

 

The main church roof

View from the church tower

 

The old stairs in the tower


Hot and sunny we headed out to the most northern tip of Denmark at Grenen. At this point the North Sea meets the Baltic Sea or the Kattegat and Skagerrak as the Danish would put it.

We arrived at the car park and already there was quite a few cars parked so it looked as if it was going to be busy. You can tell we were now into full holiday season. From the car park we walked to the point. (If you are lazy can take the tractor pulled bus). The walk was across a long curving sweep of sand. The actual point is just a few metres wide so was quite crowded. At this point you can put your feet in both seas. We tried to persuade Daisy but she wasn’t going anywhere near the water (She is supposed to be a Labrador!). There was a distinct difference between the two seas on either side of the point despite it being a calm day. On the Baltic Sea it was calm on the North Sea there was a bit of a wave. Must be interesting to see the difference on a stormy day.

After walking back to the car passed old German bunkers we headed to Skâgen stopping at a very strange beacon with views along the coast. Skâgen was busy and compared too many Danish towns (we haven’t been that impressed by them) charming. It also had a large commercial fishing harbour with some huge ships and one of the largest leisure marinas we have seen on our travels.

After enjoying our stroll around Skâgen we headed to the Skâgen Plantation a nature area of sand dunes just south of Skâgen. Here we found the Tilsandede Kirke (buried Church). The church was erected during the late 14th century and was once the biggest church in the area. By the 17th century it had become a victim of sand drift so much so that the churchgoers had to dig their way into the church. By 1795 they closed the church. The main part of the church was torn down in 1810 but the tower still stands surrounded by sand dunes. Going up the church you can still see the top of the buttress of the church and according to a notice in the tower the altar and font are buried within the sand.



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