Name: Poul-Lindvig Osmundsen
Bicycle type: Mountainbike
Where’s the best bicycle route in this municipality, which is doable in an afternoon?
My personal favorite, and the one I do the most when I need to put some kilometres behind me and have two to three hours to spare, goes from Ringkøbing across Holmsland via Hee Engbro, through Lodbjerg Heath, down Holmsland Klit to Lyngvig and back to Ringkøbing across Bagges Dam and up the path along Ringkøbing Fjord.
This trip is about 50 kilometres and takes about two to four hours, depending on how fast you go and how many breaks you take along the route.
This is a trip that in the best and most varied manner presents the coastal West Jutland landscape. You get everything: farmlands, windmills, thatched idyl, holiday homes, tourism magnets (Søndervig), dune landscapes, more holiday homes, an impressive lighthouse, and great views of Ringkøbing Fjord from the bridges across Bagges Dam and from the path to Ringkøbing. And there are plenty of places to buy some food and drink, so you don’t need to bring those, beside a bottle of water or two.
This trip is best on mountain bike, because some of the gravelled paths are hard on regular bikes, although it is possible to ride your regular bicycle.
Why is this experience better on a bicycle than by car?
Because you simply experience nature more intensely: you get to see more of the landscape, the wind is in your face, the fragrances in your nose, singing birds and winds rushing by your ears, and the taste of sea salt in the air and on your tongue. You can add to that the fact that you get some exercise, relieve stress, and have the satisfaction of moving forward on your own accord.
What should you be particularly aware of, if you venture out on bicycle in this area?
In some places it’s far between houses, so you need to be prepared to be self reliant, if something happens. It’s a really good idea to bring stuff to repair your bicycle with as well as a pump. Remember a bottle of water, so that you can find the hole in the tyre! I always bring a pair of bicycle goggles to keep the wind, the dust, and insects out of my eyes. For the same reason I also bring a buff for putting over my mouth and nose, in case I come across a swarm of mosquitoes. A mobile phone is nice to have, so that you can find your way with GPS, or call help, if you need a ride home. Besides that, this is the safest place to be for bicyclists.
If you need a weekend with accommodation and so forth, is there a route you would recommend for that as well?
The classic route is around the fjord of about 100 km, which shows you almost all the beautiful landscapes and grandeur that this area has to offer. It can be done in a single day, if you’re in great shape or at least a tough cookie, but it’s better to divide it into two or three stages, so that you have the time to enjoy the beautiful and unique surroundings underway. There are actually two routes to take: by asphalt - there are paved bike paths in most places. It’s a bit longer, but much faster. Or you can go along gravel paths close to the fjord and in the dunes. The gravel paths are easier on mountain bike, but it can be done on a regular bicycle, if you can live with the increased risk of a flat tire.
There are plenty of places to stay along the way. anything from hotels to holiday homes and Airbnbs, and camp sites and shelters, and you can buy food in lots of places underway.