With an arrow pointing to Stevns Klint on my map, I wrote:
I felt that Dad was with me.”
We started our explorations in the lighthouse.The view looking down from the lighthouse.Tiny door at the top level of the lighthouse at Stevns Klint. Proposed staircase at Stevns Klint, designed for viewing the chalk cliffs up close.It is these chalk cliffs and the ‘fish clay’ they contain that is the main attraction here. They tell a story of an asteroid that hit the Earth 66 million years ago, around the time the dinosaurs died out, and perhaps this asteroid was the reason they died out.There are several walking paths. Just below a church balanced right on the edge of the cliff is another staircase leading down.The asteroid that landed in Mexico caused a mass of dust to enter the atmosphere, creating a winter that lasted 10 years. Without a reliable source of food many species died out.For me these chalk cliffs are so inspiring and I am in the process of creating a series of paintings about them. Zooming in on a different photo shows the unusual staining of the chalk. On the beach below are many pieces of fallen cliff.Ocean-rounded flint on the beach.Climbing back up the stairs we visited the church precariously hanging on the cliff edge. It is called Højerup, and lost its chancel to the sea in 1928. In the attic of the church is the ruin of an old altar.A small lost bird makes its home here.
There are other things to see in the vicinity: a park-like area with tombstones.and memorials.Pastoral scenery along the walk.
Signs – I like the ‘wash your rubber boots’ one.There is a second church nearby – it is dedicated to sailers and contains a model of a boat.Travelling through Zealand May 29 on the map in my Lonely Planet book.From Stevns Klint we travelled down to Kalvehave where we stayed for the night.