Part of section 30, Djupviksvägen-Åbo, approx. 2.2 km

Skogsbyslingan is one of the shortest circular routes on Sörmlandsleden. Although it is only 2.2 km long, it still offers several interesting attractions.

How to get there
Drive along the old, or new, E4 to Stavsjö, approx. 40 km west of Nyköping. From Stavsjö, follow the signs for Skogsby. After approx. 6 km along the Skogsby road you come to Åbo old school. Here is a Sörmlandsleden sign showing the intersection between sections 30 and 31. Continue a further 3 km on Skogsbyvägen until you reach a parking area with Sörmlandsleden signs.
GPS N 58°47.331'   E 016°19.639'

Tips on what to bring on the excursion
When you have walked half the distance, you come to a lovely rest place. Here you can light a fire and cook. A special asset is our, now famous, pancake griddles. Bring batter, margarine for frying and jam. Pancakes never taste as good as when made on an open fire in the forest. A good way of introducing children to outdoor life. Bring a pair of binoculars for when you visit the lookout tower.

Vikitteln mini canyon
From the parking area, the trail goes approx. 500 m on a small forest road up to Vikitteln mini canyon, a highly interesting geological attraction. Meltwater from the last ice age has carved out deep channels in a vein of limestone. On the information board, the geologist Georg Olsson explains how the formations were made. Modern cave explorers have investigated the area and a map shows the location of underground channels. In some places, these are only 30 cm in height, which excludes us ordinary walkers.

Vikitteln rest place
Continue on the circular route for approx. 400 m and you reach the beautiful Vikitteln forest mere. Here is a wind shelter for those who want to overnight, several fireplaces and a bathing jetty.

Early small-scale industry
Soon after the Vikitteln rest place you can see the remains of a charcoal stack and tar pit, an interesting relic from an early small-scale industry. Learn more from the information boards and imagine life in the 18th century.

Sörmland’s highest mountain
After walking for approx. 1 km through forest and among many rounded hillocks you reach Sörmland’s highest mountain (Vensbrinksberget), 123 m above sea level. N 58°47,444' E 16°19,664'.
In the autumn 2000, a 12 m high lookout tower was erected on the initiative of Sörmlandsleden, with support from Holmen Skog, Nyköping municipality, Södermanland County Administrative Board, Vattenfall and Stavsjö businesses and organisations. The tower offers wide views, giving visitors an impression of the vastness of the Kolmården area. Arrows point to places of interest. Don’t forget to write in the visitors’ book! Please take care of the tower! It’s our pride and joy.

Retreat
An information board on the mountain tells the history of the tower, etc. There is also a smaller board describing the route back to the parking area.

Highpointing in Sverige (Highest points in Swedish provinces/counties)

 2016-05-27