Day 3: Between hills and forest in the Danish Lakelands
Vestbirk Camping-The Monastery Mill - 14 kilometres
Today's trip takes you through beautiful nature to the final destination of this short break, Klostermølle (The Monastery Mill) at the banks of Jutland's largest lake, Mossø. Before putting the canoe in the water, you might want to visit Vestbirk's biggest attraction, The Uncovered Bridge, only a couple of kilometres from Vestbirk Camping. But keep an eye out for the time, as you will likely want to catch a ride back to Vestbirk with the Gudenå Bus, later today. Alternatively, you can visit the bridge the night before, if you are up to it.
At first, you will be sailing through Bredvad Lake and Vestbirk Lake - the most open, wide and deep section of today's trip. The lakes are not so big though, that you will experience trouble with waves. Shortly after, you will get to Vestbirk Hydroelectric Plant where you have to get out of the canoe. There is a portage point here. You can transport your canoe on carts, so you do not have to drag it too far. Here, at the hydroelectric plant you have assess to drinking water and a toilet.
You will now continue northwards to the charming village of Voervadsbro where you can enjoy lunch at the local camp site. You will find the camp site on your right hand, seven kilometres after the hydroelectric plant. Now continue for the last, peaceful section of today's trip towards Klostermølle. You will be surrounded by forest and sailing next to the Gudenå Trail, so here you can greet hikers on your right hand side.
Ultimately, you will make your way around the big forest-clad hill The Sugar Loaf, and arrive at historic Klostermølle(The Monastery Mill). A sign will inform that you have arrived. Ask the canoe rental in advance, where to leave the canoe, so they can easily find it when picking it up.
Klostermølle is a big nature attraction, and it is tempting to go for a walk in the former benedictine monastery and paper factory, where there are several iconic buildings. Enjoy the view of the big lake Mossø from the shore. And if you have time, walk on the Gudenå Trail to the top of The Sugar Loaf, which offers one of the best views in Denmark. The hike to the top is approx. two kilometres.
But remember the time! The options for public transportation at Klostermølle are limited. But during the summer holiday (June 25-August 7) the Gudenå Bus has one daily departure, and picks up canoeists for free and drives them back to the start of the trip.
That is how to finish a short break on the Gudenå in style. Now all that remains is the comfortable and free ride back to Tørring Camping where your car will be waiting for you. The bus departs at 4:00 pm. There is a bus sign at the parking lot where you can get on.