Lost lakes and castles

Do you want to take a walk at the ruins of Søborg Castle?
“No, it’s too cold, it’s too boring, and it’s windy.” In fact, I already knew the answer, but just wanted it confirmed.
I was determined to make the excursion, I therefore went by train to Mårum station in North Sealand and walked through the woods towards Saltrup. There was more snow here than at home, and it was freezing cold in the woods. The mist had packed between the fir trees and the cold was noticeable. Perhaps it was a bad idea after all, I thought, but soon the day revealed itself as one of the best.

We have previously walk from Gribskov, past the ruin of Søborg Castle and towards Gilleleje, but it was summer and the birds were singing.
Now a buzzard cries over my head, and a woodpecker is doing its best to find insects and larvae in a dead tree. It is a natural scenario that suits me well.
After Saltrup I’m out in the open country, the wind is at my back, the sun is shining and the scenery is wildly beautiful.

This landscape is not mountainous, haha! But there are ‘high ceilings’, and the tranquillity is predominant apart from the mandatory farm dogs that gets today’s experience when I pass them, or is it vice versa?

On a very long distance, I can see the church of Søborg, located in a short distance from the ruins of Søborg Castle.

I freeze despite several thin layers of wool, and I’m almost hallucinated.
It’s the hot meals which haunt me as great fantasy monsters. Delicious roast, supplemented with lots of vegetables, potatoes and a glas of Burgundy’s Grand Cru.

The experience of the ruin in the dawn going sun is worth it all. It’s not hard to imagine the impression the castle must have had on travellers who saw the castle towering over the lake.

I enjoy the snowy landscape and the ruins in the setting sun one last time before I decide to go to the nearest train station several kilometers away.

Along the way I make driver punches and jumps to keep warm.

“At the village Søborg in north-east Zealand is today the ruins of Søborg Castle. In the Middle Ages Søborg Castle was one of the largest and most fortified castles. Several kings stayed for periods of Søborg including Erik Menved and Valdemar Atterdag whose daughter Margrethe I also was born at the castle. Since the castle was considered to be very safe, it was also used as a prison for the most dangerous enemies of the monarchy. “① natmus.dk

Vil du med op til Søborg Slotsruin?
“Nej, det er for koldt, det er for kedeligt og det blæser.”  I virkeligheden kendte jeg allerede svaret, men ville bare have det bekræftet.

Jeg var fast besluttet på turen, så jeg tog toget til Mårum station, og gik gennem skoven op til Saltrup. Der lå mere sne her end hjemme, og der var isnende koldt i skoven. Tågedisen havde pakket sig mellem granerne, og kulden var mærkbar. Måske er det her alligevel en dårlig ide, tænkte jeg, men det varede ikke længe før dagen åbenbarede sig som én af de bedste.

Vi har før vandret fra Gribskov mod nord, forbi Søborg Slotsruin og mod Gilleleje, men det var sommer og fuglene sang. Nu skriger en rovfugl over mit hoved, og en flagspætte gør sit bedste for at finde insekter og larver i et udgået træ. Det er et natur scenarie, der passer mig godt.

Efter Saltrup er jeg ude i det åbne land, vinden er i ryggen, solen skinner, og landskabet er vildt smukt.

Det er ikke bjergrigt, haha! Men der er højt til loftet, og der er stille bortset fra de obligatoriske gårdhunde, der får dagens oplevelse, når jeg passerer dem, eller er det omvendt?

På meget lang afstand kan jeg se Søborg kirke, der ligger i kort afstand fra Søborg Slotsruin.
Som sædvanligt har jeg koncentreret mig mest om at komme afsted, hjem kan jeg altid komme.

Men alligevel får jeg et problem. Jeg fryser trods flere tynde uldlag, og så er jeg nærmest hallucineret.
Det er den varme mad, der spøger som fantastiske fantasimonstre. Lækre stege, suppleret med masser af grønsager, kartofler og den helt rigtige rødvin.

Oplevelsen ved slotsruinen er dog det hele værd. Solen er på vej ned, og det er ikke svært at forestille sig, hvilket indtryk slottet må have gjort på folk, der kom rejsende til fods eller til hest.

Jeg står et øjeblik efter i Søborg by, og overvejer hjemtransporten. Det ender med en vandretur til Græsted i halvmørke uden refleksbrikker. Jeg lærer det nok en dag.

“Ved landsbyen Søborg i Nordøstsjælland ligger i dag ruinerne af Søborg Slot. I middelalderen var Søborg Slot én af Danmarks største og bedst befæstede borge. Flere konger opholdt sig i perioder på Søborg Slot heriblandt Erik Menved og Valtemar Atterdag, hvis datter Margrethe I i øvrigt blev født på slottet. Eftersom anlægget blev anset som værende særdeles sikkert, blev det ligeledes benyttet som fængsel for de farligste fjender af kongemagten.

Søborg var i middelalderen en betydningsfuld borg, beliggende i Søborg sø. Ved borgen opstod købstaden Søborg. Anlægget er opført i flere faser. Ifølge traditionen var Biskop Eskild bygherre i midten af 1100-tallet. Valdemar d. Store indtog borgen i 1161, hvorefter den kom i kronens eje. Valdemar Atterdag udbygger tilsyneladende anlægget i 1300-tallet. Borgen blev ødelagt under Grevens fejde og lenet lagt under Krogen. I 1790-erne påbegyndes arkæologiske undersøgelser ved sognepræsten, og i 1850 foretog Frd. VII undersøgelser af selve slotsholmen. Nationalmuseet har undersøgt og istandsat ruinerne fra omk. 1900 til 1947, hvor man stoppede brat ved C M Smidts død.” ① natmus.dk

15 thoughts on “Lost lakes and castles

  1. Thanks Hanna for remind me how winter used to be. Once again this part of the world is being battered by gales and lots more rain! I know I should get out of the house and go for a walk. There are lots of small branches down from the trees so that is a bit scary. However I might be blown away! Ha ha!

    1. Thank you, Ash. I long for an ordinary weather system, but those days are long gone. We might as well get used to the storms and rejoice in the good days.
      All the best,
      Hanna

  2. Maravillosas fotografía invernales. Por aquí no nieva nunca y estos paisajes nevados me parecen un sueño de lo más bonito. Muchas gracias, querida Hanna!
    Todo lo mejor y un gran abrazo!!!

    1. Querida Barbara. Me gustó mucho la nieve y la luz. Pero usted vive en España, que es un país hermoso con una cultura entrañables, montañas y playas. Tenemos que swop casas de vez en cuando, aunque la nieve se ha ido por ahora 🙂 🙂
      Abrazos y besos,
      Hanna

    1. Gracias, Leo 🙂 Sí! Se hizo muy frío en el final a pesar de mi amigo, el sol. Pero al mismo tiempo se sentía tan bien que hacer el esfuerzo y obtener la recompensa al final. Nunca olvido el intenso sentimiento de la felicidad en las antiguas ruinas ❤
      Un fuerte abrazo para ti,
      Hanna

    1. Thanks a lot, Indah. A winterland gives you an extraordinary feeling of happiness – as long as the snow don’t get to much in the way 🙂 🙂

  3. Yes, plenty of history there, Hanna. I bet that castle was cold and draughty in days gone by, unless they had a roaring ffire burning all day and night.
    Great picture of the woodpecker. I spent a couple of hours trying to photograph one last year. I could hear it hammering but couldn;t see where it was. I expect it was laughing at me.
    All the best, Alen

    1. Hi there, Alen. Funny you should mention the castle being cold and draughty. In addition, it was very damp and these conditions made it an excellent Sing Sing for persons to be discouraged.
      Søborg Castle was used as a state prison for several periods. The most famous prisoner was Archbishop Jens Grand imprisoned in Søborg in 1294-95 because he was suspected of working against King Erik Menved. A contemporary chronicler describes the miserable dungeon where the archbishop sat chained to a block. He refused to go into the king’s conditions and was supported by the Pope, which threatened the king with excommunication. It succeeded, however, in the end Jens Grand to escape with the help of his faithful servant Morten.
      All the best,
      Hanna

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