Section 28:1, 5 or 11,5 km    Map
Start at Askersund. GPS: N 58°54.011'   E 016°18.410'

Two easy circular walks with signposted attractions at Askerunds farm South East of Katrineholm.

This is a walk for those who appreciate reminders from a now extinct farming culture as well as attractions in the form of abundant unexploited virgin forest, large volcanic rocks, stone ridges and more.  It is a fine walk with the possibility of spending the night in a shelter or hut, both of which are attractively situated by the lake.  We recommend devoting at least a full day to this appealing section of the trail.

Coming from Katrineholm, the starting point for the circuits is reached by taking road ‘riksväg’ 52 towards Nyköping. After about 4km turn off towards Forssjö.  Continue towards Strångsjö.  Around 3km after Forssjö turn left towards Akersund, pass Fräkenstugorna and the disused Lissnäs lime-works.  The gravel path continues to the so called Staksund cross (Staksundskorset) in front of Askersunds farm.  The walking trails start here.

At the starting point a charcoal pile and a charcoal workers hut have been built up and information on them is provided.  There is also a cross-section of a tar pile.  Tar made from pine wood was Sweden’s most important export from the 17th to the 19th century. Nearby there is also a pit over which straw was dried. Beside Hönstorpa Lake there is a shelter with a grill for barbecuing. Along the short circuit there are a number of charcoal piles, an old cutting through a rock, more straw drying pits, a limestone quarry and virgin forest. North of the forest there is a 17th century boundary marker where Björvik and Stora Malm parishes meet.

The longer circuit passes a spring on the way down a picturesque gravel ridge and continues to the so called Lisstorps Block, a collection of giant stones, formed in connection with a volcanic eruption in the Strångsjö area around 1,900 million years ago.

The trail passes Viggarens Lake’s shore where the hut in which it is possible to stay overnight and a pleasant picnic area are situated.

Close to Lisstorp a flower meadow, cared for by the Society for Nature Conservation (Naturskyddsföreningen) is reached.  Immediately after the meadow, at Höglind, is an old village blacksmiths and a little further on a collapsed lime kiln from the early 18th century. On the path under the power lines which follows there is a colourful display of flowers in spring.

After passing the former farm Bygdslätten’s 37 acres of replanted agricultural land the trail rejoins the shorter circuit just before the virgin forest.

Anyone who is interested in animal and plant life will be more than satisfied with its abundance along the trails.

2016-06-22