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Child-friendly hiking routes

Photo: Destination Coastal Land

It’s so wonderful to hike! But when you have two small children, who quickly lose patience and want to sit at home with their tablet, then it can be a challenge to find the time and space for a hike. We guide you to safe, fun, child-friendly hiking experiences in the Coastal Land.

On a walk with the whole family 

A walk together can be wonderful quality time for both children and adults, where you really get to know each other. However, most parents would agree that there may be certain challenges associated with having the youngest in the family in tow? It’s not always the walk that is first on the children’s agenda. In a busy day, you prioritise time with the children, and how is Simon to achieve his 10,000 daily steps if the kids don’t want to join? 

Children can easily be motivated to walk. It just must not get boring along the way. A good story as a selling point, space to play and learning and a good reward - together with a safe environment, is the recipe for a wonderful hiking experience for the whole family

Family walks in Staksrode forrest
Photo: Destination Kystlandet
Family walks in nature
Photo: Destination Coastal Land

Get a medal as a reward

You can find many exciting treasures scattered around the Coastal Land. Take the children on a treasure hunt and combine hiking with learning as you go around answering questions about the places you pass. Do you have all the right answers? Then a medal awaits you as proof of your achievement

Treasure hunting is a great activity for the whole family. Do you have to have all four medals?

Du kan deltage i et splinternyt Natureventyr ved Bygholm Bakker ved Horsens. Tag del i Vitas Vilde Eventyr omkring Ulvedalen. Du kan få et gratis aktivitetshæfte i Netto på Rosenkrantzvej, når du har gennemført eventyret.

5 child-friendly hikes

On a child-friendly hike, there is no traffic and the opportunity for play, learning and free expression. At the same time, it is no longer than the small legs can manage for the trip


Become wiser about the solar system (4 km)

On the Planet Path you can learn more about all the planets in the solar system, while enjoying the beautiful view of Horsens Fjord. The path goes from Horsens to Boller, where there is a breakwater, a forest and a castle. In the beautiful flower park you can see a 1000 year old tree and admire the turtles in the lake

Wild Rabbit on Endelave
Photo: Destination Kystlandet

Spot cute rabbits on Endelave (from 3 km)

Endelave is the island of the wild rabbits. The island’s official hiking route is called the Kanino. Here there are good opportunities to see the island’s most popular (and furry) residents hop around. They live here in their thousands. There are four rabbit routes on the island of different distances so everyone can join in

Children playing on a wobble board
Photo: Destination Coastal Land

1-2-3-4 ... 1000 metres!

In Horsens you can visit a real prison and walk around the beautiful building in the Prison Park. The trip should be exactly 1000 metres long - hence the name the 1000-metre path. But you are welcome to count to make sure it’s correct. Otherwise we can rename it to the 1001-metre path. By the path there is a lovely prison playground and good opportunities to enjoy lunch outdoors. And why not visit the Prison Museum now that you’re here?


Play like you are a real bear

In Odder there are several forests that are well suited for short walks. On one of them was once a zoo. On a wonderful walk in Rathlousdal Forest you can be lucky to find the Bear Grotto, which is a relic from that time. Children love playing in the cave. How loud can you roar?

Boy playing pirates at the Stagsevold castle ruin in Staksrode Forest
Photo: Chaline Engelhardt

... or play that you are a pirate!

You find one of Denmark’s most beautiful forests down to Vejle Fjord. In Staksrode Forest, which is known for its steep slopes down to the sea, you can come across the old Stagsevold castle ruin, which according to old legends was home to pirates. There are several signposted routes in the forest. The yellow route leads to Stagsevold and is 2.4 kilometres long. Please note that the trip is not suitable for prams. Before you go home, you should also take the trip down at the foot of the high slopes. Here on Stenhøj Beach there are good opportunities to find fossils


Bring snacks on the trip - then the children will be happy.

A troll is sitting by a bridge in the Fairytale Forest near Odder

Walk among trolls and witches

Photo: Destination Coastal Land
En brun og hvid alpaca

Go for a walk with an alpaca

Photo: Myllerup Østergård

In the park with the little ones

Whether you bring the pram or small, cute toddlers who have just learned to walk, the parks of the Coastal Land are a great opportunity to get some fresh air and red cheeks

Children playing by the lake in Bygholm Park
Photo: Scandic Bygholm Park

Bygholm Park

Beautiful suburban park in Horsens with several lakes and lots of cute ducks. There is a large playground here for children of all ages and good opportunities to sit and enjoy a quiet moment. There are many paths around the large, beautiful manor park park and a “small mountain” that can be climbed

Folkeparken in Brædstrup
Photo: Per Algreen

Folkeparken in Brædstrup

Cosy park in the heart of Brædstrup with lots of play equipment and good paths. The park is located right by the town’s beautiful new square, Ring Forest and the paved path between Horsens and Silkeborg, so there is a good opportunity to combine your walk in the park with other nature experiences or maybe a cup of coffee and a cold soft drink in the sun

Girl crawling in the net on the playground in Bygholm Park
Photo: Destination Coastal Land


Horsens’ old park Caroline Amalie Lund or ‘Lunden’ as it is popularly called, is best known for its two museums and summer concerts, but there is also a nice fenced playground here where children are free to romp about. Also look past the outdoor stage, where the children can play stars and perform, while mum and dad sit in the stands and listen

Two out walking in Palsgaard Castle Park
Photo: Destination Coastal Land

Palsgaard Castle Park

In the middle between Horsens and Juelsminde is one of the country’s largest and most beautiful castle parks. There is plenty of peace and quiet here for a nice walk with the pram. Meanwhile, mum and dad can admire the castle, the many beautiful buildings, sculptures and an impressive number of types of wood from around the world

The Treatment Paths at Hotel Vejlefjord

Hotel Vejlefjord is best known for wonderful wellness experiences, but here is also a fantastic park that is publicly accessible. Walk up the winding snail hill, dip your toes at the beach and take the trip up the lighthouse. Here you will encounter many curiosities, quotes and good opportunities to enjoy your lunch in the adventurous surroundings. You can order a picnic basket at the hotel and enjoy lunch outdoors

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The coastline at Stenhøj Beach and Staksrode Forest on the north side of Vejle Fjord in Destination Coastal Land
Hiking in the forests of the Coastal Land