Roslagsleden Stage 9: Roslagsbro - Bagghus / Gåsvik, 25 km.

Norrtälje

This section predominantly features walking along country lanes through a living and varied Roslagen landscape. After Roslagsbro the trail skirts Brosjön lake before reaching Bro Väsby. Approximately 400 metres from the trail is the birdwatching tower on Brosjön, one of the best lakes for water birds in the county. Brosjön is rich in nutrients, with many species of water plants. Of particular value are the cultivated coastal meadows and pastures,

Brosjön’s flora and fauna and the river, Järsöströmmen, with its clean, clear water and unique invertebrate wildlife. Between Brölunda and Vik the Roslagsleden trail passes a waterfall, Kvarnfallet.

There was once a mill here. The watercourse used to flow in the valley below the road down to the bay Norrtäljeviken. This is where Viksbåten, a unique boat from the Viking period, was found. A church bell, now in the Museum of National Antiquities in Stockholm, was also found here.

Viksbåten, which dates from the 11th century, can be seen at Erikskulle Folk Museum, about 300 metres from the trail. Taking Skansen as its model, this open air museum was founded in 1919 and contains buildings and thousands of objects from Söderbykarl and the surrounding parishes. After Skansen, Erikskulle is the oldest and largest open air museum in the county of Stockholm.

If you’re looking for a comfortable place to stay the night, Wik Bed & Breakfast is close to the trail. Söderbykarl church, dating from the 14th century, is well worth a visit. It is thought to have replaced an earlier wooden church and has a 13th-century sandstone font.

Between Vik and Råda, Roslagsleden follows the old church path that used to be used by people walking from Råda to the church in Söderbykarl. The church path passes by a barn, Tandrudan, in which the people of Råda used to rest on the way to and from church. The barn is owned by Erikskulle rural heritage association.

In the south of Råda you will find Annas Allehanda, a farm shop in a 19th-century cottage selling old and new products as well as pieces designed by owner Anna herself. There is also an enormous trampoline for children.

The 17th-century farmhouse Hagsta Gård in southern Råda makes a great overnight stop where you’ll enjoy a warm welcome from the Lundqvist family. There are cats,

sheep and lambs and, in the summer, cows with calves and horses in the fields. On the western shore of Rådasjön lake there’s a jetty for swimming and a dry toilet, changing hut and a car park. This spot is on an SL bus route. You need to wave to get the bus to stop for you. The trail runs south of the nature reserve at the eastern tip of the lake. The nature reserve consists of a small wooded area with spruce, aspen and birch. The flora in this area of limestone rock contains rare species such as lady’s slipper and wood sedge.

Further to the north is the Bed & Breakfast Visit Nyby in a beautiful rural setting with rabbits and grazing sheep. Along the twists and turns of the ancient road, the landscape opens out down towards the bay of Bagghusfjärden and the small waterside village of Flottskär. This section ends at Bagghus bridge near Gåsvik. There is a car park here and the start of the Väddö canal.

Facts

Erikskulle Folk Museum, 0176-27 00 20, www.erikskulle.se
Hagsta Gård, 0176-27 20 36, www.hagstagard.se
Visit Nyby 0176-543 15, www.visitnyby.se
Wik Bed & Breakfast, 0707-89 69 98, 0176-27 03 22, www.wikbnb.se

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