Discover the countryside on foot

The leaves rustle in the trees above you and the gravel crunches under your boots. Maybe pick up the pace and scale an area of deep water. The cows will follow you nosily, as you make your way through the North Zealand country. Esrum Abbey & Møllegård makes a great base for both short and long walks hikes in the countryside.

Walks for everyone

Whether you are into short walks with your family or a long hike and spending the night in the woods, Esrum Abbey & Møllegård is a great place to start. There are endless routes leading out into a landscape that features so many different nature experiences, filled with the history of the people who were here before you.

If you are in doubt about which way to go, you can get lots of inspiration in the Royal North Zealand National Park information centre, located in the abbey shop at Møllegården.

The history of the landscape

The reason the monks chose to build Esrum Abbey on this particular site was because the area contains so many natural resources, all of which were important for the establishment of the abbey. They were followed by kings, forest farmers and many others. So, the varied landscape – with its wetlands, woods and meadows – helped create both life and Danish history.

A nice little round trip

1.5 KM: Good for children, disabled visitors, and wheelchair users

This tour starts at Møllegården, winds its way through the hazel avenue in the café garden, down into the woods and around the fields, from where there is a stunning view of Esrum Lake. The route is easily walkable and gives families with children, wheelchair users and disabled people the opportunity to get around and discover the beautiful countryside. The path is gravelled. There are a number of benches along the path, so you can take a break and enjoy the nature. The route is not marked, but you can see it in the Danish Nature Agency’s leaflet of routes in Gribskov forest.

Download the walks leaflet HERE

From the abbey to Esrum Lake

4 KM: Through forest and meadow

This round trip starts at Møllegården, passes the abbey, and continues through the woods, down across the extensive meadows to the banks of Esrum Lake and back again. In the walks leaflet you can follow the three thematic routes that feature stories about nature, the landscape and the people who lived in the area. Each track has different highlights where you can stop and maybe enjoy an unforgettable experience.
The route is marked with green arrows in a white circle.

Download the walks leaflet HERE

A whole day in the woods

10 KM: Hiking route in Gribskov

Discover the natural and cultural gems of Gribskov forest. On this 10-km, very varied route, you will pass virgin forest, clearings and former stud meadows where the king’s horses grazed. From Kongens Bøge, you will head along Esrum Lake, enjoying views of the lake’s diversity of bird life. The route is marked with yellow dots.

Download the walks leaflet HERE

The North Zealand pilgrimage route

You can also walk the local North Zealand pilgrimage trail from Esrum to Tisvilde. To walk the entire route takes a few days. You proceed through woodland, passing the two large lakes of Esrum and Arresø, and all the charming little villages and cultural gems. The first 11-km stage of leads from Esrum to Mårum. There are poles along the way with QR codes that enable you to access films about the various sights on the route.

Read more HERE

In the abbey shop at Møllegården you can buy the complete Esrum-Tisvildeveje hiking map, which features a guide to nature and cultural experiences.

The Santiago pilgrimage route

From Esrum to Spain

In theory, you can walk all the way to the historic pilgrimage destination of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, but you can also start with a Danish section of the pilgrimage route, which passes through Esrum. The route starts in Elsinore and traverses Teglstrup Hegn, via Gurre Church and St Jacob’s Chapel, before arriving at Esrum Abbey. From here, the route continues south via Gribskov and Nødebo to Hillerød, and then further down across Zealand to Germany via Rødby or Funen and Jutland.

Read more HERE