ATTA SWEDEN 16 Sept 2019: DOA 41. Walk the Gotaleden Trail near Gothenburg

Walk one of the loveliest stretches of the newly opened Gotaleden trail. It will be a 10 km long guided walk, through a magical nature reserve, lovely old industrial areas with a fascinating history, a typical Swedish villa suburb and enclosed pastures. A locally produced lunch and fika will add flavour to the day.

Our walk will start at the Säveån nature reserve, just 20 minutes by train from the centre of Gothenburg. The reserve offers an enjoyable walk through a forest filled with entrancing natural surroundings and birdsong. We’ll stop at Hillefors Mill, which is the only water powered grain mill in the world. Lunch will be eaten at Garveriet, which was once a leather tannery but has now been transformed into a destination for locally produced food and sustainability.

We’ll follow the trail over to the southern bank of Lake Sävelången. After a while we’ll reach the area around Nääs Castle – Scandinavia’s best preserved late 19th century estate, and one of the country’s foremost craft schools, with courses in everything from woodwork to weaving.

The trail winds on through the historic village of Tollered, which grew up around Nääs Factories, with its cotton, wool and weaving mills, in the 1800s. When we arrive at Nääs Factories we’ll have a wellearned rest, with a classic “Swedish fika”.

The Gotaleden trail was opened in June 2019 and the whole length stretches 71 km between Gothenburg and Alingsås. The trail is characterised by the ease of reaching the different stages from nearby commuter train stations.

The highlights:
• The Säveån nature reserve, where chances are high of seeing both kingfishers and other
birds, and with a bit of luck maybe even beavers.
• Lunch at Garveriet, which was recently chosen as ’most innovative restaurant of the year’ by
the White Guide.
• The lovely industrial heritage area around Nääs Factories



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Trip facts

Trip length1 day
Group sizeMaximum 10

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Good to know

Level of difficulty: 2 – Easy walk (10 km/6miles, mostly flat)

Requirements for special clothing or special equipment: You will need good walking boots, a backpack, your own water bottle and clothing suitable for the weather conditions and forecast.

Departure from Hotel post: approx. 08.30

Arrival back at Hotel Post: approx. 6.15pm

Sustainability action: A representative from Garveriet will tell you about their business. The idea is that Garveriet is an inspiring meeting place where knowledge and curiosity about innovative, sustainable and local, small-scale food production can grow. The main focus is on what vegetables are in season, with meat and fish as complements to the meal, rather than the other way round. Menus are composed around what local producers are offering that season and varies according to what’s available. All food served on our trip is locally produced and organic.

Max group size: 10 persons

Tour provider: Gotaleden

Contact: Nicke Sundström, Pathfinder,, +46(70)7429129

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