Roslagsleden Stage 2: Karby Farm - Örsta


From Karby Gård, the Roslagsleden trail proceeds through Stolpaskogen forest to a lovely picnic area on Gullsjön lake and up over the 58 m high Löttingekullen – Täby’s highest natural peak. On Löttingekullen stands a Bronze Age cairn, testament that Löttinge Gård is one of the oldest farms in Täby, while a large Bronze Age burial site nearby offers further evidence.

From Löttinge Gård, Roslagsleden runs through a large and relatively untouched area of forest to Angarn. Just past where the trail turns off the recreational path towards Skavlöten Friluftsgård (a recreation centre 3 km away), it passes Fågelsångsmossen, one of the Stockholm area’s best developed peat bogs. There is also a spur off to the Blå Leden hiking trail that connects Domarudden and Vaxholm.

On Olhamraån river lies Olhamra mill, dating from the early 18th century. It’s a  remarkable old building – narrow and three storeys high. It operated in autumn and spring, powered by the river that runs from Gävsjön lake down to the wetlands of Angarnssjöängen. The mill was converted into a home in the 1920s.

At Åsta there is a rock carving by master stonemason Öpir, one of Uppland’s most prolific rune artists. Vallentuna has seven rune carvings by him – works of art with intertwined runic animals winding across the stones.

The mail road between Stockholm and Turku in Finland was set up in 1638, with local farmers passing the post on to the next mail station like a relay. One of Vallentuna’s mail stations was located in Rävsta.

On the hill overlooking the wetlands of Angarnssjöängen stands Angarn church from the late 13th century – one of Vallentuna’s eight remaining medieval churches. Spread around the church are a school, a bell tower and a general store – this was the centre of the parish.

The land around Angarn is rich in ancient monuments. The burial sites are where local Iron Age farmers and their families would have been buried.

The famous rock carvings in Örsta are other ancient treasures of the area.

Angarnssjöängen is the county’s finest location for birdwatching. Around 25 species nest on the shores of the lake and 75 or so in the surrounding areas.

Centuries of rising land levels, overgrowth and attempts at drainage have transformed the former coastal inlet into a reed-covered marsh that is ideal for birdlife.

The trail passes an observation tower for birdwatchers. Around Angarnssjöängen there are many cultural gems. This land was

one of the county’s richest Bronze Age areas, with traces remaining in the form of rock mounds and cup marks by the old settlements, and fields and pasture dating back to the Bronze Age. The current positions of the farms around the lake are largely the same as they were at the end of the Iron Age. There are a total of around 140 prehistoric burial sites, runestones and other ancient remains dotted around the area.