8. Lilla Edet - Utby
Degree of difficulty
You leave Lilla Edet and follow the path across the river to Ström lock. You will probably linger at both the lock area and the castle grounds. The trail continues along the river, past the soccer field and mixed housing. After 200 meters on road 2025, the old dirt road winds through the meadows and on over Uxåsen. A marked detour and you can have a picnic with a wonderful view. You reach the nature reserve Brattorpsån, which is an idyll in the truest sense of the word. Stay here and enjoy. Follow the river. Sit down and take it easy. Continue whenever you want. On the other side of the river are the beautifully situated farms in Brattorp. Follow fägatan up to Hjärtum on the hill towards Götaälv.
Just before Hjärtum, there is a remnant stone that recalls the forest planting in the early 20th century. In the red building next to the church, today there is a community center and an interesting local museum. Hjärtum is a lovely place. It is said that there is room for the heart here. The place holds many stories and here there has been a home for tired housewives as well as an orphanage. The heart ax is another famous celebrity in the area and long ago another celebrity is said to have visited the area. Queen Christina. There is a myth that she sought accommodation here and what happened when she was refused accommodation at a place. Go there to find out the rest.
There is so much to learn and the old country road takes your steps towards the beautifully situated village of Sollum. At Sollumsån, there have been mills, sawmills and power plants. A beautiful place. The buildings have been piously restored. When you then continue along pastures and meadows, it is easy to get the feeling of being in the Irish countryside. The trail continues past the "Stenkonstgården" Nedre Torp and if you're lucky they have rooms for the night. Before Utby and the next stage, you move up towards the farm Tomten and further over Långberget.
Welcome to the Hjärtum route.
Surface: Forest path, asphalt, dirt road.
Time: 3-5 hours excluding breaks.
Don't miss: The Brattorpsån nature reserve, which is an idyll in the truest sense of the word.
Get here: Västtågen towards Lödöse Södra Station, bus 421 to Lilla Edet fuxerna, go to Fuxerna Kyrka.
Accommodation: There are no specific suggestions for accommodation along the stage, but there are many accommodation options to choose from in the digital map.
The Pilgrimsleden Göta Älv has developed in a collaboration between: the City of Gothenburg, the Association of Property Owners in Gamlestaden, Gamlestaden, Ale Municipality, Lilla Edets Municipality, Trollhättan City, Vänersborg Municipality, Västra Götaland Region, the Church of Sweden, the Pilgrims Center in Gothenburg, Visit Trollhättan Vänersborg, the Tourist Board of West Sweden and the West Coast Foundation.
- Pilgrimsleden Göta Älv
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