Helsingør to Fredensborg Loop Ride

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
45.5 km
Duration
4:00h
Ascent
199 m
Descent
198 m
Loop Scenic

A pleasant ride through rural Denmark on country roads to Fredensborg Palace returning via the forest trails of Danstrup and Krogenberg.

Leave Helsingør on cycle paths, leaving the coast behind and heading into rural Denmark. Pass through the peaceful Danish countryside, traditional villages like Gurre, and the remains of Gurre castle near Tikob. Pedal towards the impressive Fredensborg palace situated by Lake Esrum; the palace is the summer residence of the Danish royal family and is surrounded by beautiful gardens and extensive grounds. It's the perfect place to explore - why not find a nice lake side spot for a picnic?

From the palace follow the lakeside to reach the modest Fredensborg harbour before you make your return journey to Helsingør. The return route retraces your outward path before diverting onto woodland trails through Danstrup and Krogenberg to the village of Gurre and eventually back to Helsingør on the Øresund strait.

Author’s recommendation

To make the most of the parks and grounds surrounding Fredensburg palace bring a picnic to enjoy on a relaxed summer afternoon, and perhaps treat yourself to an ice cream from the café near Fredensburg harbour before beginning the return cycle to Helsingør.

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64 m
Lowest point
3 m
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Safety information

Much of today's ride follows quiet roads through the countryside, and although most drivers are used to cyclists in Denmark and will be courteous, remember to stay on the right-hand side of the road. Be mindful of other road users and remember to pull off the road completely if you intend to stop.

Before starting your ride please inspect your bike for damage to the frame, components or wheels. Ensure that there are no loose cables, that tyres are properly inflated and the brakes are working. Visitors from the UK should bear in mind the brakes may work the opposite way from which you are used to. If you are hiring a bike it is worthwhile taking a quick test ride when you collect your bike to familiarise yourself with the gears, brakes and to check your bike is setup correctly for you. Always wear a helmet when cycling and if you have any concerns over the condition of your rental bike please call the bike hire shop or our Macs office using the the number provided in your information pack.

Please beware of traffic wile out on your bike particularly when entering and leaving towns where traffic flow tends to be the highest. Remember to stay on the right-hand side and use cycle lanes where available. Be mindful of other road users, particularly cyclists on the busy cycle lanes in Copenhagen staying on the right-hand side to allow faster cyclists to pass.

Obey local road signs and look out for any change in road conditions.

 

 

Tips, hints and links

Points of Interest

Fredensborg Palace & Gardens
Visit the Danish royal family's summer palace at Fredensborg and wander around the sprawling grounds and magnificent gardens recently restored to how they would have been during the reign of Frederik V when they were created. Unfortunately the palace is not normally open to the public as this is where the royal family reside during the summer months. However, the private gardens are open to the public during July and August, and it's possible to book a guided tour of the palace and some private areas on select days during the summer.

Please see the website for more information:
http://kongeligeslotte.dk/en/palaces-and-gardens/fredensborg-palace-and-palace-gardens/visit-us.html

Gurre Slot, near Gurre
The remains of a 12th century castle visible from the road. The castle is said to be haunted by a king who died there in 1375.
https://www.visitnordsjaelland.dk/gurre-slotsruin-gdk621157

Skipperhuset, Lake Esrum

Situated on the lake next to the palace boathouse you will find this restaurant serving traditional Danish Smørrebrød as well as coffee and cakes.

https://www.skipperhuset.dk/

Sørup Is & Kaffestue

A little further along the lake near Fredensburg harbour is this small café and ice cream parlour with delicious homebaked cakes and pastries.

http://ishus.dk/ 

  

Food & Drink

There are limited options for food and drink stops today other than around Fredensburg. You will find a few cafés on the main street of Fredensburg on the route or pick up a picnic to enjoy in the palace grounds from one of the many bakeries and delicatessens in Helsingør before you leave.

 

Start

Public square opposite Helsingør train station (2 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
56.033994, 12.614983
UTM
33V 351398 6212428

Destination

Public square opposite Helsingør train station

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 KM – Begin outside the train station and ferry terminal at the port of Helsingør. With your back to the main entrance of the station TURN LEFT onto the road then TURN RIGHT at the traffic lights on to the segregated cycle path, please exercise caution when crossing the railway tracks. Continue STRAIGHT ON the cycle path between the road and the railway track for 800m.

0.78 KM – At the crossroads continue STRAIGHT ON the cycle path.

1.19 KM – TURN LEFT on to the road and cycle up past the 3 storey white building on your left. Then, after 100m, at the end of the road TURN RIGHT.

2.27 KM – TURN LEFT at the large block of flats and continue STRAIGHT ON the segregated cycle path.

2.85 KM – TURN RIGHT at the crossroads in front of OK! Garage and petrol station.

3.87 KM – At the roundabout continue STRAIGHT ON the segregated cycle path.

4.38 KM – When you reach the end of the cycle path, cross the road then TURN RIGHT on to the cycle path. Continue STRAIGHT ON for about 2 km.

6.58 KM – When you reach the village of Nygard continue STRAIGHT ON the cycle path at Nygard School, ignoring the zebra crossing to the right. TURN LEFT on to the minor road before Nygard Kiosk following the bike route sign for “Espergaerde 7.8 km”.

7.92 KM – Continue STRAIGHT ON (ignoring the left turn) the signposted bike route to Espergaerde. The road becomes a cycle path running parallel to the main road then passes through a tunnel under the road.

8.74 KM – TURN LEFT onto a minor road at the end of the cycle path.

9.82 KM – TURN RIGHT at the crossroads once you reach the village of Gurre, signposted as road to Tikob (4 km) & Slotsruin. Continue STRAIGHT ON the road for approx.4 km.

14.12 KM – When you reach the T-junction at the end of the road cross to the other side of the road and TURN LEFT to enter the village of Tikob, then continue STRAIGHT ON the segregated cycle path.

14.28 KM – TURN RIGHT onto the minor road signed for “Esrum, 6 km” just after the Bageri bakery. Then after 70m TURN LEFT onto the road between the petrol station and the school. Continue STRAIGHT ON the road.

14.65 KM – BEAR RIGHT staying on the main road signposted as “Fredensborg, 6 km”.

14.90 KM – TURN LEFT at the fork off the main road just after the Spar supermarket, signposted as “Jonstrup, 2 km”. Continue STRAIGHT ON this road for approx. 5 km.

20.70 KM – At the end of the road TURN RIGHT onto a segregated cycle path at the petrol station.

21.00 KM – Continue STRAIGHT ON through the traffic lights. You'll see two supermarkets just along the road on the right here.

21.25 KM – TURN RIGHT taking the first exit at the roundabout on to the pedestrian street in the center of Fredensborg.

21.38 KM – At the end of the cobbled street BEAR LEFT onto the road. Then after 50m BEAR LEFT on the road in front of the small garden (the road to the right is one way only).

21.50 KM – At the end of the road TURN RIGHT and continue STRAIGHT ON for 120m to reach Fredensborg Slot (Fredensborg Palace).

21.62 KM – At the main gate, with your back to the palace TURN RIGHT down the tree-lined avenue towards the lake.

22.50 KM – At the white boathouse on the waterfront TURN LEFT and continue along the road.

22.73 KM – Pass through gate in the red picket fence then BEAR RIGHT and continue along the road.

23.75 KM – TURN LEFT at the 30kph speed sign in front of the white long-house, then continue STRAIGHT ON the road through the golf course.

24.81 KM – Take care crossing the road at the crossroads then TURN RIGHT onto the segregated cycle path.

25.55 KM – Enter Fredensborg and continue STRAIGHT ON the cycle path taking the 2nd exit at both roundabouts 500m apart.

26.60 KM – TURN LEFT at the petrol station crossing the road at the traffic lights and continue STRAIGHT ON the road for 4 km.

30.55 KM – TURN RIGHT onto a smaller road (signposted “Danstrup, 2 km”).

31.55 KM – TURN RIGHT at the junction at the end of the road and continue along the road for 500m.

32.05 KM – At the signpost for “Fredensborg Commune” TURN LEFT onto the gravel track and pass through a gap in the wall to enter the forest, then BEAR RIGHT on the main path through the forest and continue STRAIGHT ON the gravel path for 4.5 km ignoring any spurs off the main track on the right.

34.66 KM – When you reach the crossroads in the path TURN LEFT heading towards the road, then BEAR RIGHT where the path splits.

34.85 KM – Cross the road with care and continue STRAIGHT ON the gravel path on the other side of the road for 2.5 km ignoring any paths off to the right or left of the main track.

37.30 KM – At the clearing continue STRAIGHT ON the gravel track passing the houses and stables. Then after 500m TURN LEFT onto the road to return to Gurre village.

38.40 KM – When you reach the crossroads in Gurre again TURN RIGHT signposted as the bike route to Helsingor. Continue along the road for 3 km.

41.55 KM – As you approach the traffic lights at the crossroads stay in the right-hand lane. Continue STRAIGHT ON through the crossroads and join the segregated cycle path on the other side of the road. Continue STRAIGHT ON through two more sets of traffic lights on the cycle path.

43.24 KM – BEAR RIGHT and continue on the cycle path as the road turns to the right, ignoring the junction straight ahead.

44.23 KM – Cross the road at the crossroads and TURN LEFT on to the cycle path. Continue STRAIGHT ON the cycle path towards the harbour taking care when crossing at the junctions.

45.50 KM – TURN LEFT at the traffic lights and continue along the cycle path for 700m to bring you back to the train station and the end point of today’s ride.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Always be prepared to cycle through a change of weather conditions and check the local weather forecast before cycling. Remember to bring a waterproof jacket and a warm layer particularly as the wind around coastal Denmark can significantly effect the temperature. Gloves (fingerless mitts in summer) are popular to provide some extra warmth and handlebar padding when riding and don't forget a battery pack to provide an emergency charge to any navigation equipment you may be using.

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Updated: May 14, 2019

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