From ancient times Lindelse has been a small fishing and ship loading point for Slotø and Vejlø. Today it is still a cozy place with a fine view of the fjord. On Freuchensvej the small fishing houses still lie side by side along the narrow road that goes down to the bridge.
The place name Lindelse is a rewrite of ‘Linde Næs’. In earlier times a great many lime trees grew here, in the forests which date back to to the Neolithic era (Lindetiden in Denmark) of 7-8000 years ago. A few, isolated lime trees can still be seen in Lindelse and Hellenæs Forest, which bear witness to a bygone era, when the climate was warmer, and large lime tree forests covered most of Denmark.
Hellenæs Forest has especially beautiful and natural coastal forest fringes consisting of hawthorn, maple, spindle tree, gnarled oaks and lime trees can be seen, replaced at the forest side by planted beech trees that grow in the shelter of the forest.
Between the two forests is a small dike with a lock. In earlier times, an elongated hooked fjord stretched as far as Branderslev. Along this hooked ’arm’ dolmens and burial mounds were built in close proximity. Today there are only two small mounds left in Nakskov Ladegårdsskov, and a very damaged long barrow that has its own history. There is no public access to these.
It is a lovely area for a walk in the forests on one side, and along the bay to the other. In summer you will often see the marsh harrier hover over the reed beds behind the dike.
The nature guide occasionally arranges a tour of the area which covers it in detail.