Blommeskobbel is tucked away in woodland off a muddy track – which thankfully you can drive to because it was raining again.
The trees gave some shelter but it was as damp and muddy and joyless as you could ever want. Blommeskobbel cheered me though. How could it not? The site consists of two langdysser and two round barrows, with good kerbing, nicely exposed chambers and lots of character.
I had looked forward to Blommeskobbel not just because the name sounds so cool and it means flower stones in Danish, but because when I first saw page 155 of Julian's 'The Megalithic European' I knew it wouldn't be long before I would have get to Denmark.
I would have liked to have painted here but it was too grey, too damp, too miserable. The weather was forecast to dry up later, but there was no sign of that as we headed up the coast a tiny bit from Blommeskobbel towards Nørreskov, 5 kms away.
Approximate long/lat coordinates only, but shouldn't be too hard to find.
Featured in The Megalithic European (TME) page 155.
Access: In woodland, you can get close enough by car to see the monuments through the trees. The ground around the monuments is typical woodland mud, which may be slippery when wet.
Blommeskobbel is on the island of Als, so travel towards Sønderborg on the 8. We went a slightly different way to Julian in TME, but it looked simpler on the map.
Shortly after a roundabout at Bro, we took a right towards Kettingskov. As we reached Kettingskov, at a crossroads with a slightly more major road - Østkystvejen - we turned left and then took the next right, which is unconfusingly called Blommskobbel!
This is where we rejoined Julian's route. Less than 50m along 'Blommeskobbel', fork left towards the woods. The road goes into the woods, and once into the woods, when it forks again you need to take the left fork.
The monuments are visible on your right after you have been in the woods for less than 1km.
Visited 2 April 2006
Another must-see & a cool place (in more ways than one when we went!) We spent quite a while here, despite the rain & cold. Which is saying something considering Jane's aversion to cold....
Two langdysser, a denuded but recogniseable runddysse & a diddy dolmen (probably also from a runddysse)! And those langdysser are beauties - big & beefy!!! (Not nearly as long as Landeskov langdysse 1, but somehow more impressive to me....)
The ruined runddysse and the other remaining dolmen squeezed against a tree also add hugely to the site and the whole complex merits a good deal of examination.
Interesting to try to photograph because of the trees - at least they weren't in leaf! The trees also do an amazingly good (or rather, bad) job of hiding the fact that you are so close to the sea - a view of which would add yet another dimension to the site!
I believe the woods contain a good few other monuments, but that these are at least mostly, or possibly completely, trashed.
We did find nearby the wrecked and difficult to find (& access!) overgrown remains of another barrow - probably another langdysse. Hardly worth seeing, and I'm afraid I can't remember reliably exactly how to find it. I think it was a little way back up the access road (100m maybe, on the 'field' side).