Come out and enjoy the beautiful nature unique to Hartesløjfen.
Hartesløjfen is a path that winds from Harteværket through forests, bridges, and country roads towards the lakes of Ferup and Stallerup and back to Harteværket and Kolding Å.
The entire route is a total of approximately 13 kilometers. The is also a shorter route around Stallerup Lake which has a length of approximately 8.5 kilometers.
Hartesløjfen is for the whole family (note that the route has parts that are unsuited for prams and people with walking difficulties) and can be experienced both on foot and by bicycle.
At Hartesløjfen you can take a ride on the tow ferry, spend the night in a wooden shelter, board a “sunken” boat, exercise in the beautiful nature or roleplay as one of the old brushes that dug the canals and dams to Harteværket near Kolding 100 years ago.
At Ferup Lake, a tow ferry has been set up, which can bring you dry-shoed over to the other side of the lake, where you can enjoy your food in the lunch house.
The ferry weighs 780 kg, and since it is 50 meters to the other side, strength must be used to climb the lake. The ferry can accommodate a maximum of eight people and can be used from sunrise to sunset. The address is: Egtvedvej 132, 6000 Kolding.
In the brush playground, children and childish souls can try on life as an old-timey brush. The brushes were the day laborers who dug the canals from Stallerup and Ferup Sø to Harteværket by hand. On the playground you will find shovels, excavators, tractors, conveyor belts, etc., which helps to facilitate the work of today’s little brushes.
On Troldhedebanestien from Dybvadbro to Ferup Sø, there are concrete fitness equipment, which can be used for both play and exercise in the open air. The Troldhede line is the old railway line that ran between Kolding and Troldhede. Today, the course is used as a nature trail from Kolding to Ferup, and along the way you will encounter many sights, activities and facilities.
Finally, Ferup Lake offers three shelter sites – including two brand new ones – where you can spend the night and make a fire. There is also a multi-purpose restroom. The shelters can be booked via Udinaturen.dk.
Remember: If you want to use the campfire sites by the shelters, you must bring your own firewood. There are barbecue grills by the campfire sites.
When you go to Ferup Lake, you can park your car at Dybvadbro Station and walk the last 1.2 km towards the Lake.
You can drive to this address. Egtvedvej 132, 6000 Kolding.
Remember it is NOT permitted to drive all the way to Ferup Lake, not even to unload your car.
Troldhedebanestien is a nature trail located on the old railway tracks that run between Kolding and Troldhede.
On the 2 km long path from Dybvadbro Station to Ferup Lake, various concrete installations have been established. Here you can exercise in the open air, play with the children, or just have a nice rest while at the same time enjoying the beautiful nature.
The look of the installations is in accordance with the old railway and therefore fits in nicely with the surrounding nature.
Facts about Stallerup Lake
The lake is 24 ha (240,000 m²)
The average depth of the lake is approx. 2 m with a maximum depth of 5 m at the deepest point, located in the northeast corner at the inlet of the lake.
When walking around Stallerup Lake, note that boardwalks may be slippery when wet. At certain times of the year, it may be a good idea to wear rubber boots around the lake, especially during periods of heavy rainfall.
Stallerup Lake is a natural lake.
Before Harteværket’s construction in 1918-20, the lake was drained north via Almind Å to Vester Nebel Å and from there on to Kolding Å. After Harteværket’s construction, the brushes connected the southern end of Stallerup Lake to Harteværket via canals, so that the water could flow to Harteværket rather than north out of the lake to Vester Nebel Å.
At Stallerup Lake you can experience a “sunken” boat illustrating the tragic story of the brushes that drowned during their day off on a rowing trip on the lake. The capsized boat is designed so that it looks as if it has taken in water. The boat is located by the lake shore, so you can step into it and get very close to the water.
It has also possible to walk around the lake along the shore. A total of 75 meters of wooden walkways have been built, so you can pass through the watery area without a fear of wet shoes.
Dybvadbro and Troldhedebanen
Dybvadbro is the first station on the Kolding-Troldhede railway line in Central Jutland. Troldhedebanen was built in 1913-1917. At almost 100 km, it was the country’s longest private railway. A clerk oversaw the daily operation of the station. She steered the barriers at Egtvedvej, hoisted the signal flag in the 20-meter-high flagpole and managed three daily mail routes.
Dybvadbro Station is located about 8 km from Kolding. The station used to be active under the private Troldhede-Kolding-Vejen Railway, also known as the Troldhede line. The station was closed March 31, 1968 along with the rest of the railway. Today you can visit and experience the well-preserved station building and platform. The attached warehouse also has a small free exhibition about the Troldhede-Kolding-Vejen Railway. The Troldhede railway path, which runs on the old tracks, passes by the station.
The building was designed by architect Robert V. Schmidt and was built in 1916 by master mason Anton Jeppesen from Taulov, for a price of approx. DKK 14,000. The station was taken into use on 25 August 1917 when the first train on the Troldhede line ran in ordinary operation. You used to be able to see the station’s 20-meter-high mast from Bramdrupdam. The mast has since been removed, but the foundation can still be seen at the station.
The warehouse, today an exhibition hall, used to be a consignments warehouse.
It is permitted to sail in canoes, kayaks, rowing boats and other non-motorized vessels on the lower part of Kolding Å, from the outlet in the fjord to the gangway at Påby Enge, some distance from the motorway bridge.
On the stretch from Kolding Fjord to Plovfuren, sailing is permitted all year round at all times.
On the stretch from Plovfuren to Påby Enge and in the canal leading to Harteværket, sailing is allowed all year round from sunrise to sunset.
Sailing on Hartekanalen, Påby Sø, Stallerup Sø and the southern part of Søndersø
Permission from Kolding Municipality is needed to sail on these bodies of water. If you receive permission, you are permitted to sail by canoe or kayak on the above-mentioned lakes in the period 16 June – 31 December from 8.00 in the morning to sunset.
If an agreement has previously been entered into with Vejle Municipality, this agreement carries on into Kolding Municipality. Documentation of the agreement must be brought.
It is possible to rent a canoe at Harteværket and sail from Harteværket to the southern part of Stallerup Lake and back. Harteværket has received a permit from Kolding Municipality for these sailings within Harteværket’s opening hours.
Book a shelter -Try to sleep outdoors
You can book a shelter at Påby Meadows or at Ferup Lake.
The shelter is beautifully situated with a view of the meadows by Kolding Å.
Here there is sleeping accommodations for 6 people as well as covered tables and benches and a dedicated campfire spot.
At the shelter there is access to a viewing platform and access to a creek, where you can dock with your canoe or throw your fishing line into the water.
The shelter is located on the route called Påby Enge, which is marked with yellow arrows. The route starts from either Harteværket or Præstekæret near Påby.
There is no access to the shelter by car and you must bring your own firewood and water.
You can park approx. 350 meters from the shelter at the address Præstekæret 23, 6000 Kolding.
The shelter is located on Harte Parish Council land and has been built in collaboration between the Parish Council and Kolding Municipality. If you find that the location is untidy, neglected or otherwise not up to standard, then contact the Parish Council or Kolding Municipality.
The shelter can be booked in the hours 16.00-8.00. in the summer period
We have three shelters at Ferup Lake.
You will wake up in the morning to the most beautiful view of the lake.
In addition to the shelters, there is a playground, a campfire site and restrooms by the shelters.
When you go to Ferup Lake, you can park your car at Dybvadbro Station and walk the last 1.2 km to the lake.
You can park at the following address: Egtvedvej 132, 6000 Kolding.
Remember: It is NOT permitted to drive all the way to Ferup Lake, not even to unload your vehicle. Please park at the abovementioned address instead.
Harteværket has built the shelters at Ferup Lake in collaboration with the Danish Nature Agency and Kolding Municipality. If you find that the location is untidy, neglected or otherwise not up to standard, then contact Kolding Municipality.