Boesdal Lime Quarry
A walk in Boesdal Lime Quarry (Boesdal Kalkbrud) is pretty special as you stand right in the middle of a mix of industrial history, culture and nature. Boesdal is one of the only places where visitors can actually walk ‘through’ the cliff and out to the sea through the opening where limestone used to be transported to the ships.
The famous layer of Fish Clay goes up and down in troughs along the whole of Stevns Klint. In Boesdal it is located about 4½ metres under the bottom of the lime quarry, so is invisible. But you can clearly see the beautiful strip of flint twisting through the layer of limestone, especially next to the grass-covered amphitheatre.
The spectacular pyramid at the bottom of the quarry was a originally a layer of limestone. The sides of the pyramid have the same incline that crushed limestone gets when it is sprinkled from above. Even though the pyramid looks small in the large landscape, it is actually 20 metres from top to bottom.
Boesdal Lime Quarry Today
For several years the quarry has been a popular venue for various cultural events, in both the amphitheatre and the pyramid. It is a setting for church services, festivals and concerts. The performance, KLINT, which was nominated for a Reumert Prize (Denmark’s equivalent to the Tony or Olivier Awards), was performed in the pyramid, and on special occasions visitors can experience the UrKlang, a very special instrument, built for the site out of flint and chalk-stone.
The pyramid has a unique acoustic, and you can sing a trio with yourself – if you run around fast enough.
Keep an eye out for events along Stevns Klint. There may be events in the quarry that are not open to the public, but there is always access along the Stevns Klint Trampesti. If you would like to hold an event in Boesdal Lime Quarry, you can find out more on Stevns Municipality’s Boesdal Lime Quarry page.
The Future Visitor Centre
In the autumn of 2018, A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal, Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond and the Augustinus Foundation pledged to support the construction of a visitor centre and exhibition to the tune of DKK 80 million. Stevns Municipality is also investing DKK 10 million in the development of the area. The visitor centre will serve as a portal for the whole of Stevns Klint and its World Heritage Site experiences, and will open in 2022.
If you are curious, you can read more on our page about the process and the visitor centre.
At the bottom of the lime quarry to the west there is a primitive campsite with a bonfire area and two shelters with room for four people. Pitching camps in the quarry is prohibited. Near the shelters there is a composting toilet, while at the car park there is a regular toilet and access to running water.
You can book the shelter via Friluftsguiden.dk.
The History of the Quarry
At the edge of the Boesdal Lime Quarry there are two lime furnaces, which were involved in the production of limestone in the pit. Chalk used to be an important commodity for Stevns, and limestone was quarried in Boesdal from the 1920s onwards.
Part of the limestone was used for soil improvement in agriculture. It was crushed in the big pyramid and fired in the two kilns. Large conveyor belts crossed part of the pit, ending up at the furnaces. When fired lime is mixed is mixed with water, it is called slaked lime. It is highly alkaline and is mainly used in the construction industry.
1978 saw the end of limestone-quarrying in Boesdal. However, the chimneys from the furnaces, the large pyramid in the quarry and other smaller buildings still bear witness to the history of the area.