Mill Stream Valley
Mill Stream Valley is not only one of the most beautiful natural areas in the Greater Copenhagen area, it is also steeped in culture and history. The water mills along the river were the cradle of Danish industry. As you pass by in a canoe, on foot or by bike, you encounter a varied landscape with small woods, marshes, meadows, reed beds and alder swamps. It’s the closest thing we have to a Danish Amazon.
Rent a canoe at Frederiksdal or at Lyngby Lake on Nybrovej, or cycle, jog or walk along paths that cover most of the valley, which stretches from Lyngby to the Sound at Strandmøllen. The water descends 19 metres along this stretch, which is why a number of industries driven by water mills were established here as early as the 17th century.
The beautiful old industrial buildings remain, some of them now restaurants. There are bonfire sites along the route, and you can collect firewood in the forest. Several of the mill ponds allow free fishing.
During early summer, nightingales are heard in the evenings, and in winter you might catch sight of a rare visitor, the dipper, at the mill ponds. All year round, the birdlife is vibrant: woodpeckers, starlings, titmice and, if you’re lucky, kingfishers.
This place invites you to take in its exceptional natural beauty while watching history pass before your eyes. It’s spellbinding, and well worth the effort of getting here. Why not do it?
Photo: Scanpix/ Kasper Monty
DATA & LINKSMølleådalen
(Mill Stream Valley)
2800 Kongens Lyngby
Tel./fax: +45 28 14 39 19
- Walking and jogging tours
- Picnics and bonfires Plenty of natural beauty and cultural attractions
- Canoes for hire from 15 April until 1 October
- Six water mills were built in the 17th century at Raadvad, Brede, Ørholm, Nymølle, Stampemølle and Strandmølle. They produced gunpowder, metals and paper. The last industrial plants didn’t shut until the mid-20th century.
- The Mill Stream is 36 km long, starting at Bastrup Lake. The first corn mills were built here in the Middle Ages.
- Several of the mills have now been taken over by the National Museum.
- Reed beds, swamps, marshes, forests with deciduous trees overhanging the river.
- Bird life includes woodpeckers, starlings, titmice, tree creepers, nuthatches, tawny owls, herons and, if you’re lucky, kingfishers.
- There are several restaurants located in former water mills.
- Bonfire sites and primitive camping areas.