Nordkystien: Part 1 Gillelje to Helsingor

I arrived early at Gilleleje station and quickly headed to the coast, at 8 am in was very quiet as I passed through the shopping centre but it was less so around the fishing wharf.

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Leaving Gilleleje the path bordered by hedgerows climbs unto a park proving views back to the wharf area. By now I had warmed up and after removing a layer I headed into the forest ultimately reaching Nakkehoved Lighthouse

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The area around the lighthouse provides views across Oresund but with the wind coming off the water is was somewhat cool, soon I was back into the forest where I came across a grave. The grave is the last resting place of Kristian Faber  who was a lighthouse inspector. I felt that it was an appropriate spot for a lighthouse keepers final resting place with views across the water, something he did many times during his lifetime. I pondered that if he was able to see today he would see a much busier waterway providing access to the Baltic.

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Soon afterwards I came across a well used canoe/kayak campsite providing a pleasant outlook over the water.  Before long I was into a built up area and wishing for no more bitumen, after what seemed like an eternity but was less than an hour I was on the beach again seeking the firmest piece of sand to walk on as I continued west. All along hoping that the sun would appear through the greyness of the featureless sky following eh beach and then a gravel trail I was in the outskirts Hornbæk after which I reentered the forest.

Looking back was Nakkehoved, and the breakwater of Hornbæk.

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With the sun high in the sky (behind the clouds) a suitable spot for lunch was found and whilst cooking my noodles I watched the Cormorants airing their wings and hunting for food with Sweden as a backdrop.

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After lunch I followed the what was left of the well maintained bicycle path as it wound its way along the foreshore, before turning inland.

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The forested section followed the railway line towards Helsingor and the end of the journey.

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After a quick stop at an outdoor store I was wending my way home, looking forward to the next section of the Nordkyststien, and hoping for sunnier weather.

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2 Responses to Nordkystien: Part 1 Gillelje to Helsingor

  1. Hanna says:

    Great pictures despite the missing sun. I hope you have better weather next time. The walk is also lovely in sunshine 😎

  2. Thanks Hanna, this trip occurred in late September with the follow up, now published, in late October, weather was the same. But it is a nice area and even under grey skies it is great to be able to look out over the seas and just enjoy the surrounds. I hope to get back in sunnier weather.

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