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31. Åbo - Stavsjö, 11 km

Start: N 58°46.574' E 016°21.945'. Parking available.
Shelter: Björnsjön - N 58°45.050' E 016°22.380'
Water: Spring at Åbo - N 58°46.542' E 016°22.008' and pump at Asptorp -
N 58°44.735' E 016°22.658'

This section is at times quite demanding with elevated rock outcrops and steep hills. In Åbo there is a fresh water spring.

The hike is initially through pleasant old forest, a so-called "protected habitat", where tall, stately trees grow among the fir and pine. After a few kilometres, the trail climbs to the mountain Uvberget with mile-wide views. An information board explains the mountain's history. An alternative, easier route goes round the hill.

The trail continues to Lake Björnsjön where there is an attractively situated wind shelter by a fine sandy beach. Beside the shelter is a toilet. A few kilometres south of the shelter, the trail passes the 18th century cottage Asptorp, where there is a water pump.

Approximately 3 kilometres from Björnsjön lake the trail forks. An information board shows the different paths possible. Section 31 continues to Stavsjö and passes a charcoal kiln, with the remains of a charcoal burner's hut.

At Stavsjö the trail crosses the E4 motorway and goes up to Stavsjö Klint where there is a petrol station with convenience store and Stavsjö Restaurant & Cafe, where it is also possible to park.

The last part of the section is beautiful along the shore of Stavsjön (lake) up to the old inn and hostel. Good parking facilities.

There are bus connections to Nyköping and Norrköping.

In case you want to go straight to the wind shelter at Lake Björnsjön: Park near the road barrier where the road leads to Kopparbolstorp. Walk along the road. Where the road meets the hiking trail, turn right (northwards) and walk along the water.

Stafsjö Bruksmuseum

2021-05-21

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