Roslagsleden Stage 6: Wira use - Penningby, 22 km.

Östhammar, Norrtälje

The section between Wira Bruk and Bergshamra leads through varied forest and cultural sites. Buses run along the road between Bergshamra and Riala, which also has a dry toilet. At the Svensbodakorset crossroads stands the charming Carlberg
Bed & Breakfast.


Old Bergshamra has several buildings of historical interest, including a guest house. Roslagsleden passes Kvarngården mill, which is a good place to start a hike. It has parking, a dry toilet and drinking water in the summer.


Kvarngården is a watermill from the 1760s. King Gustav Vasa himself decided that a mill should be built here back in the 16th century. Inside, the old workings have been preserved and there is also a collection of old agricultural items on display.
Legend has it that the water spirit known as the Neck has played his beguiling tune at the Kvarnforsen falls. This idyllic site also has a furnished miller’s house. In summer, Kvarngården offers popular art exhibitions, events and a small café.


About half a kilometre from Kvarngården is Gunsjön lake, with swimming off a jetty and a platform out in the lake. Within the jetty the sandy bottom is child-friendly. The community of Bergshamra, around 2 km from the Roslagsleden trail, has a
supermarket with a pharmacy and alcohol service, a pizzeria and a health centre.


Between Bergshamra and Grovsta lies an exciting stopping off point with a cabin at Grevinnans Rå. This is the point where the old boundaries of four villages meet, and was once an outpost of the Countess of Penningsby’s estate. The intersection of the
four villages is marked out in the forest. Hikers are welcome to stay overnight in the cabin. There is also a barbecue area and a dry toilet.

The last stretch of the trail before Grovsta follows road 276 to Penningby, on bus routes to Norrtälje, Åkersberga and Danderyd. There’s a supermarket at the fork in the road at Penningby. The runestone here dates the site back to
the Viking times. On the north side of the road is a field with a large hill, Borgarkullen, from where the Vikings defended the approach to Penningby. A simple café can be found in the homeware and gift shop Linneladan.

Penningby Castle was built in the late 15th century as a medieval fortress. Both basement levels have retained their original medieval character. Penningby Castle was declared a historical monument in 1980 and is home to the famous ghost, the Woman in White. Guided tours of the castle are available in the summer and during the rest of the year by arrangement. During summer, concerts and other cultural events are also held at the castle. Penningbyån river has a rich variety of mosses along its banks and contains good stocks of sea trout.

Facts

Carlberg Bed & Breakfast, 0176-26 04 20, 070-625 11 44, www.carlbergbo.se
Kvarngården mill, 0735-66 06 33, www.lhbf.se
Penningby Castle, 0730-96 35 43, www.penningbyslott.se
Linneladan, 0176-26 60 3

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