Length of the route: 33 km
With a length of 158 km, Gudenåen is Denmark's longest river. On the final stretch before the outlet in Randers Fjord, where the river Gudenå is almost the nature of a small river, it runs through a very wide river.
NOTE! There are currently poor access to part of the route at paragraph 16 (see the link). Instead, drive via Væth along Kærvangen or Langåvej to get back on the route.
With its length of 158 km the Gudenå is Denmark’s longest watercourse. On the last part before it falls out into Randers Fjord, where the Gudenå is almost a small river, it runs through a very wide river valley with exciting and adventure-rich scenery. It is this last part from Langå to Randers, which is the goal of this tour, as you cycle on the northern and western side of the river on your way out, whereas the tour back goes along the southern and eastern side of the river. Among anglers the Gudenå is famous for its fine population of salmon, but if you would to try your luck with the fishing rod, you can also easily catch for instance zander, pike or perch.
The Gudenå and Vorup Meadows
Way back the Gudenå was an important means of transportation to and from inner Jutland, and the traffic was brisk by means of barges on the river. The barge service had its prime time in the last half of the 1800s, and horses or men on the banks hauled the barges along the so-called bargeman’s path. The cycling path, which starts at Randers Regnskov Tropical Zoo, follows the bargeman’s path on the stretch from Randers to Langå. The path goes through the lovely scenery of Vorup Meadows. There are several bird towers, from where it is possible to watch the rich bird life.
Fladbro and Randers Deerpark
At Fladbro the Nørreå falls into the Gudenå, and at this location there has been both a bridge and an inn for several centuries. On his great Jutland tour in 1859, Hans Christian Andersen enjoyed open sandwiches and port in Fladbro Inn. After his visit he went by carriage to Hjermind vicarage, and it was on this tour that he wrote the song “Jylland mellem tvende have”.Randers Deerpark with a fine population of deer is situated in Fladbro Forest.
Langå originates as a railway town in connection with the construction of the railway from Aarhus to Randers in 1862 as well as the branch line from Langå to Viborg in 1863. On Novermber 17, 1943, the Danish resistance, blew up the railway bridges near Langå. This action echoed throughout Europe and was the most important example of railway sabotage during the German occupation of Denmark, 1940-45, as it stopped all train traffic on the north-south going Jutlandic railway for 12 days. Amtmand Hoppes Bro (“Prefect Hoppe’s Bridge”) is the name of the oldest road bridge across the river Gudenåen in Langå. It was built in 1905 and was then the first reinforced concrete bridge in the country. To accommodate the barge traffic on Gudenåen, the bridge was built with a height of 4.95 metres above the water level of the river. Today, only cyclists and pedestrians use the bridge.
The village Væth, which is situated in the wide landscape on the northern part of the Gudenå Valley, has by and large had the same appearance for 200 years. The village is unspoiled with its small winding gravel roads and intact farms.
The manor Frisenvold is already known from 1310, but the present main building is from the beginning of the 1800s. For centuries the manor has had the right of fishing for salmon in the Gudenå, and Frisenvold Salmon Farm was the largest of all the salmon farms along the Gudenå. Thus it is no coincidence that the way from Væth to Frisenvold is called Laksevej (Salmon Road). Today the fine salmon fishing in the Gudenå attracts anglers from most of the world.