An 8.5 km hike including part of section 5:2

This hike can be approached from section 5:2 from both the northern and the southern end of the lake.  From the bathing spot at the southern end of the lake, you can follow the orange/blue way markers up the western shore of the lake northwards to Körunda Herrgård.  From the northern end, where section 5:2 turns east off the path round the lake, you can follow the orange and blue way markers northwards along the eastern shore, across the wooden walkway over Lillån just below the cottage known as Sjötäppan and past the bathing spot at the northern end of the lake.   

The description of this walk begins at the southern end of the almost 3 kilometre long lake Muskan, heading north on the eastern side, using the path forming part of section 5:2, then over the top and south, down the western side.

The shoreline of the lake, Muskan, has remained largely unchanged since the New Stone Age.  The lake was dammed in 1973 and the level controlled to between 23.3 and 25.5 metres above sea level. The outflow (Muskån = Musk stream) flows to the east, through an agricultural landscape to eventually join the Baltic (Östersjön) at Hammersta Säteri.

The name ‘Muskan’ has its roots in the past when ‘musk’ meant dark or gloomy, something which hardly applies today.  During the summer, yellow and white water lilies bloom and the shallow bays are bright with yellow flag iris surrounded with the green of bulrushes and reeds. In spring, the banks are white with wood anemones and later, in June, orchids.

The path begins at the southern bathing spot and, before it goes around the first bay, passes the remains of the town’s sewage works, rendered redundant when Ösmo was incorporated into Nynäshamn’s sewerage system.  After a few hundred metres, the path crosses the narrow dam where the treated water was once discharged from the treatment works. This area was commonly known as ‘Snuskan’ (‘snusk’ is Swedish for filth).  The hike follows the shoreline, eventually crossing the outflow, the site of the sluice.

If you look to your left as you cross the outflow you may see a large beaver lodge built against the bank a short way in front of you.  As you continue along the lakeside you will pass the two largest islands, ‘Storholmen’ (Big Island), the largest in Muskan and Mariaholmen (Maria’s Island).  Continuing, you will pass a large cairn, placed to mark the boundary between Ösmo and Sorunda parishes. Although it is difficult to believe it now as you look around the open and friendly landscape, parish boundaries like this were once frightening places where highway men and bandits lay in wait for unwary travellers.

As you walk further north you will find a well frequented shelter, open to the evening sun, with a fireplace and a stack of firewood. You are welcome to light a fire and spend the night, if you wish. On the opposite side of the lake you should see Körunda Herrgård, a hotel, golf and conference centre, which you will pass by as you walk the west side of the lake.

You will shortly leave the Sörmlandsleden section 5:2, which continues up the slope to your right.  Instead, continue northwards, following the orange and blue way marked ‘Round Muskan’ path.  A short distance ahead, on a steep bank to your right, you will see the renovated cottage ‘Sjötäppan’, which is mentioned in documents from the 17th century, when it was called ‘Muskvad’.  Follow the path, bypassing the private area around the house, and drop down the slope to the small (and often slippery) bridge over an incoming stream, called ‘Lillån’ (‘Small Stream’).  Soon, the shoreline on your left will open to reveal the sandy beach of the northern bathing spot.  Continue on the gravel road, which runs along the edge of the lake, past some golf greens on the west side to the metalled road ‘Körundavägen’ and shortly you will see a replica Iron Age house on your left.  

This is a reconstruction of Viking Toste’s long house, open on Sundays in the summer only, where you can experience Iron Age living for yourself.

 Almost immediately, on the right and left, you will see the buildings around Körunda Golf and Conference Hotel, the building of which, in 1986, was instigated by two enthusiastic golfers. The Körunda estate has its roots in the middle ages, with the first known owner recorded as Johannes Fredebern ‘Writer of the Realm’ in a document dated 1430. The estate was bought in 1919 by Captain Björn Barkman, an officer in the Royal fleet, and sold to Ösmo Council in 1963, who sold it again in 1975. The wings of the manor house and two cottages are available to rent. The golf club building is just south of the conference centre and is housed in one of the original farm buildings. The golf course has 27 holes and is surrounded by a wonderful natural environment with a wide range of wildlife, including roe deer, wild boar, moose, pine martins and many other species.

The route continues past the Conference Centre and then the manor house, on a slope to your left.  As you enter the lime avenue, with deep ditches either side of the road, look out on the left for the orange way marker. Follow the path round the edge of the golf course until you come back to the lake shore. Watch out for golfers and, if you hear someone shout ‘Fore’, duck quickly – golf balls hurt! You will eventually pass an area of allotments and the water treatment works before arriving back at the southern bathing place, where you started.

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Viking Toste’s long house

Viking Toste’s long house