Farum Lakeside Path
Hey, there’s a marsh harrier! He’s putting on a spectacular aerial display while screaming like a gull. If this artist’s show is good enough, then a marsh harrier hen or three will probably fall for him. The cleverest males don’t stick with just one partner when they can have more. Farum Lakeside Path is one spot where this elegant bird of prey puts on its show, but this uncommonly beautiful area offers much more besides.
The path extends for 10 km around the lake, making it the perfect length for a morning or afternoon hike. This area is beautiful all year round, and since the paths were joined up in 2012, it has become easier to follow the route around the lake even if you don’t know the way in advance. If in doubt, follow the stones that line the route.
Farum Lakeside Path features some of the most beautiful and romantic scenery in all of Denmark, with tall beech trees all the way down to the lake, hidden nooks and crannies, meadows and grasslands, relics of ancient times, flowering hawthorn and cherry, and rare plants like the critically endangered small peat violet.
On Sundays and during the summer holidays, you’ll rarely get the path to yourself, as it is hugely popular with cyclists, runners and walkers. But there’s plenty of space for everyone. At other times of the year, you may even find yourself alone with nature on long stretches of the path. Generally, the southern shore – the Værløse side – is the least busy.
If you prefer to discover the lake and its nature by water, rowing boats are available for hire near Farum Station during the summer months. The lake is also very popular for kayaking and canoeing. If you choose this mode of transport you’ll be able to continue through a canal near the boat-hire centre into the much larger Furesø Lake.
Photo: Scanpix/Anders Tvevad
DATA & LINKSFarum Søsti
(Farum Lakeside Path)
- Wild camping
- Ancient relics
- Out on the lake is a tiny island called Klaus Nars Holm. According to legend, Klaus was a jester at the court of King Valdemar IV.
- After a long period of faithful service, he asked the king for one of the Danish islands as a reward – and was given this little blob of land in Farum Lake.
- Farum Lake is part of the Mill Stream System (Mølleåsystemet), created by meltwater during the last Ice Age.
- The nature in the area is varied. Beech trees dominate part of it, while the common reed is particularly prevalent in the lake. Several rare and protected animal species live here, including the great smooth newt and the narrow-mouthed whorl snail. Larger mammals include badgers, foxes and deer. The lake is an international bird-protection area.
- The bird life here is diverse, and much of it can be observed from a special tower on the southern shore. You will spot everything from small birds like kingfishers to the occasional gigantic white-tailed eagle.
- Parts of the path are suitable for wheelchair users.
- No dedicated facilities, but plenty of places to enjoy a picnic, including around a bonfire.