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36:2. Gälkhyttan - Fada kvarn, 7/9 km

Start: N 58°41.532' E 016°48.650'. Parking.
Shelter: Överdammen, along the eastern alternative route - N 58°41.714' E 016°50.074'

From Gälkhyttan there are two possibilities to hike to the Fada mill. In northern direction by the two km shorter route which partly runs through forest plantation land or in southern direction on the road past the houses. The slightly longer route, which is more varied, passes the shelter at Överdammen (more detailed description below). The continued hike, once the two variants converged, is easy to hike. Ahead of Fada the trail climbs a couple of minor places for panoramic views and at Fadadammen adequate rest areas are found. Fada mill is the culmination of Overdammen major dam system. Here are a mill, smithy, Sörmlands highest waterfall and memories from the Besch ironworks from the 1600s.

Överdammen circular route (6,5 km): The hike encompasses for the greater part Pilthyttan's nature reserve and starts out in south direction on the road towards Gälkhyttedammen's shore, past the houses and into the forest on an abandoned rail road track. The path then takes you up a rise with views over Överdammen. You are now in Pilthyttan nature reserve, where special rules apply. Lighting fires is only permitted in the fireplace at the shelter, and here you will also find an outdoor toilet facility. Camping is not allowed and it is not permitted to disturb any trees or bushes (dead or alive) or pick any kind of plants. You are, however, allowed to pick berries and mushrooms. By the floodgates you can see how water from Överdammen is released into the lower Pilthyttedammen. The dams were constructed in the 15th and 16th centuries in connection with the iron trade in this area. This use ceased around the year 1600. Following the iron trade era, the dams have been used to regulate the water supply for other purposes, e.g. in connection with mires. The continued hike back towards Gälkhyttan is relatively easy. At Gälkhyttan and Fada parking possibilities can be found.



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