Trailhead start: Alby Recreation Center, N 59°13.835' E 018°16.123'. Free parking. Bus 873 to Gullmarsplan (subway) during summer, other times from Nyfors (Tyresö) nearby.
Trailhead end: Tyresta village, N 59°10.079' E 018°14.256'. Free parking. Bus 807 to Gullmarsplan (subway) and bus 834 to Handen (commuter train).
Water: Water taps at trail heads (Alby Recreation Center and Tyresta village). Spring at Högdalen (N 59°12.120' E 018°16.095’).
Shelter: Årsjön (N 59°11.124' E 018°16.047')
The trail leads south towards Tyresta. After less than 1.0 km, you reach Nyfors, formerly Wättinge Stream, one of Tyresö’s more than 500-year-old industrial sites operated by water power. More detailed information is available at the site.
Farther south, the path passes through mixed forests and over meadows, around Karlberg, up on flat rocks and the pine forest plateau at Höjden, a former resting cottage.
The trail then moves into a valley, over moss, again up on flat rocks and into the Tyresta National Park. You'll soon reach the north end of Lake Årsjön, which you then follow. There is a resting place at Lake Årsjön where you can take a break and swim. Those who are interested can make a detour to Gammeldammen, a nearby pond. From Lake Årsjön, the path leads to Lake Bylsjön and from there into the forest a few miles before you leave the park area. You'll come to meadows and pastureland around your goal, Tyresta village.
About the Sörmlandsleden Trail
Sörmlandsleden, with more than 1,000 kilometers of winding paths through the county of Sörmland, is one of the longest long-distance path in Scandinavia. The 100 or so sections of the path take runners through wilderness, areas of cultural tradition and past historical monuments. There is everything from open landscape, wilderness, lakes, and beautiful coastline. Most of the sections are easily accessible by car, bus, or train and each section offers a suitable starting point. For accommodation, there are shelters and for rest stops, there are picnic areas.
The Sörmlandsleden Trail is marked with orange trail markings. Usually, the mark is an orange circle around a tree or pole. Road crossings are marked with orange S-arrows. In population centers, you follow orange stickers, usually placed on lampposts. Planks and footbridges take runners across sensitive and waterlogged areas. You also find signs that indicate spring (källa), shelter (skärmskydd) or privy (dass).
The Sörmlandsleden Trail is maintained by an association. Members of the Sörmlandsleden Association work as volunteers to keep the trail in the best possible order. One person is responsible for each section.
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