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