Penningby Castle is followed by quite a long walk on roads. Where the road forks at Lännaby, there’s a nice little detour to Länna church in its remarkably beautiful setting on Kyrksjön lake. The church was built in the 14th century. The walls of the
choir are decorated with Gothic paintings, some of the oldest murals in the county. Originally the congregation came to services by boat. A new church boat now lies alongside the church jetty. On the shore of Kyrksjön lake is the cottage of poet Nils Ferlin, who lived here in the 1940s.
The way back to the main road takes you past the old vicarage of Länna – the oldest preserved manor house in Uppland. Book a visit and explore its history from 1703 to 1959. Next to the vicarage is the octagonal ‘Silwer lavatory’, a 3-hole earth closet with stained glass windows. It was built in 1916 by priest Carl Silwer in honour of the visitation of Archbishop Nathan Söderblom.
Please note! There is a gap in the trail between Länna and Sågen, close to Fäglasjön lake. There is no route for a few kilometers and this bit lacks signs and markings. The wind shield marked on the map does not exist anymore (this is due to the loss of a land owner agreement on this section).
Before Roslagsleden enters the town of Norrtälje, there is another picnic spot, beside Kyrksjön lake in Frötuna. Just before the picnic spot you can leave the trail and follow the road that winds its way along the lake shore to Borgberget and the hill fort built in the middle of the Iron Age. At the time it was an impressive structure with a ring wall 175 metres long.
Heading into Norrtälje, the capital of Roslagen, the trail passes the beautiful houses in Kvisthamra on the road out to the promontory of Kärleksudden. Here there’s a summer café and the chance to swim in the sea. Why not make a slight detour and cross the wooden bridge to the island of Borgmästarholmen. From Kärleksudden Roslagsleden follows the promenade into the centre of Norrtälje.
Norrtälje was awarded its town charter in 1622 but much of the town was burnt by the Russians in 1719. In the 1730s the estate of Wallinska Gårdarna was built on Lilla Torget square and the Town Hall on Stora Torget square. In the 19th century Norrtälje was one of the most popular spa resorts on the Baltic Sea – known for its healing mud.
Today Norrtälje is an idyllic small town with authentic buildings. It has shops, restaurants and cafés, art events and museums – all year round. Don’t miss the Pythagoras Industrial Museum and Norrtälje art gallery. The Norrtälje river flows
through the middle of town and teems with sea trout for fly-fishing.
Places to stay include Pensionat Granparken, the newly built riverside hotel Åtellet, Hotel Roslagen, the suite at the café En liten smula, Hvilan youth hostel, Bed & Breakfasts or one of the cabins at Vigelsjö campsite at the end of this section of the trail. Contact Norrtälje Tourist Information Centre for further information. Vigelsjö Gård on the shores of lake Lommaren is an ideal place to end or start your hike on the Roslagsleden trail. This camping ground offers swimming, activities, a café, camping and other services. This is the start of the new section of Roslagsleden that ends in Grisslehamn on the Sea of Åland.