Högsåsen walking trails information!

Expect an average walking speed of 4-5 km/hour while walking along our trails.

A 10-kilometre trail takes about two hours to walk.

 

Information

* The trails are marked with different letters. Signs and arrows display the letters and distance markers.

 

* The hiking trail system is designed around two main routes from Högsåsen – one going north and one going south – that join up with other trails.

North-going trails D, E, H, N and O follow a common main route for about 1.5 km.

South-going trails B, C, F, G, J, K and L follow a common main route for about 1 km.

 

* Signposts with arrows and distance markers are situated at the various crossroads where trails part.

* Along the trails, there are posts with kilometre markings, showing the distance to Högsåsen.

* There are signs indicating county and municipal borders, as well as signs showing the historic boundary of Crown land Tiveden, now a nature reserve.

* There are also signs at significant farms and places.

 

Högsåsen – Hiking trail system central. Nature reserve. Outdoor facility. Wind shelters. Barbecue. Lookout area.

 

Kvarnfallet – Outdoor experience area. Wind shelters. Rest and picnic areas. Toilet. Trail D passes here. There is a shortcut from Högsåsen to Kvarnfallet.

 

Åsebol sheep farm – Log cabin or apartment accommodation. Fishing licence vendor. Wool products for sale. Information site. A working farm with sheep etc. The trails G and L pass here.

 

Högsåsen hiking trails

 

In Högsåsen, a Hiking Trail Hub offers the starting point for a network of 14 different trails through amazing Tiveden nature reserve.

The trails range from 1 kilometre to more than 20 kilometres. It is also possible to combine different trails.

The trails take hikers through two different counties and three municipalities: The counties of Västra Götaland and Örebro and the municipalities of Gullspång, Laxå and Töreboda.

Welcome to experience our beautiful Tiveden nature.

 

Högsåsen is situated north of Hova and south of Finnerödja. If you travel towards Gårdsjö, signs will show you the way to Högsåsen.

 

Trail A – Around the nature reserve

Distance: 1 km

Difficulty: Mostly easy

Terrain: Forest road and forest path

The trail takes hikers around and into the nature reserve.

 

Trail B - South Högsåsen and Lotta’s hut ruins

Distance: 2 km

Difficulty: Mostly easy

Terrain: Forest road and forest path

This is a shorter trail that offers varied nature and the ruins of an old hut.

The first section follows the main route for all trails going south.

After turning off Gårdsjövägen after a couple of hundred metres, one finds oneself on the ”Skrabbevägen” road to Slottsbol.

Then, the trail passes a spot where an old hut was once situated. Now, there is only a large pile of soil and rocks, but along one side the stone foundation of the house is visible.

This is where ”Limping Lotta” Andersson spent her entire life. Born in 1869, she still lived her in the 1940s. She was well known in the district, for her decorative sewing amongst other things.

The route back to Högsåsen runs through what was once known as southern Högsåsen.

 

Trail C – Slottsbol trail

Distance 4,7 km

Difficulty: Mostly easy

Terrain: Forest road and gravel path

A path that runs through the village of Slottsbol, which has been central to the history of the district.

 

The route runs down the hill of Tjärgravsbacken and left into the road known as ”Skrabbevägen”. Skrabbe/skrabba is dialect for bad. In this case, ”Skrabben” refers to the vegetation lining the ditches along the road.

A bit further down the road, hikers can find the ruins of ”Limping Lotta” Andersson’s hut, where she lived from her birth in 1869 into the 1940s.

The path to Slottsbol passes an old charcoal burning place with a large charcoal kiln and an almost vanished coaler’s hut.

Slottsbol consists almost entirely of summer cottages these days, but was once a large and thriving village.

Many roads cross paths up here – including those from Åsebol, Unden and Barrud – and it’s easy to imagine the village’s strategic location.

On the way back to Högsåsen, hikers pass Stene and Sörby. There is also a side track to a large hill of burrows.

 

Train D – Kvarnfallet trail

Distance: 5,4 km

Difficulty: Mostly easy

Terrain: Forest road

 

A mighty popular trail. Just the right distance, it offers good terrain and the stunning and intersting Kvarnfallet water fall.

The trail runs towards Korterud and time spent in this area is sure worth it.

A bit further along, there are two attractions that are maintained by the trails association: an old hut and a so called “tar grave”, where people once produced tar by burning pine.

However, it is area around Kvarnfallet, the waterfall named after an old mill, that offers the most experiences. Here, hikers will come across an old mill site with dam and waterfall, outdoor stage, shelters and old charcoal burning place with newly built hut and charcoal kiln.

Benches and barbecue facilities make the experience an even better one. A real treat for the kids too. A place deep in the forest to just enjoy and feel wonderful in.

 

 

Trail E – Korterud trail

Distance: 5 km

Difficulty: Easy

Terrain: Forest road, path and gravel road

Korterud is very special, particularly because the area differs geologically from the rest of the district.

For starters, the area is home to four ridges that run from east to west.

They could be end moraines, that is ridges formed at the snout of a glacier. However, they are not, but rather created by inland lakes within the ice.

The ridges form an amazing natural beauty even though it is a bit inaccessible at times due to standing water in the hollows.

There is also a lovely, small quarry with a pit that is somehow connected to the production of iron.

From a vegetation perspective, this is one of few areas where hazel blooms.

The area is very beautiful with mixed large-tree forest, soft ridges and a cultivated cultural landscape.

On the way back, the trail passes through Allmänningarud, where the border between the counties of Västra Götaland and Örebro criss-crosses through the village. One property has the main house in one county and the garage in another!

 

Trail F – Roparkorset trail

Distance: 10,3 km

Difficulty: Mixed

Terrain: Forest road, forest path, gravel path

 

A trail offering very varied walking.

The trail has become very popular, mainly due to the experience at the laid stone cross, Roparkorset.

The trail runs past the village of Slottsbol, then down past the old mill ruins before heading up again towards Rönningebottnen.

The forest road then winds its way to Roparkorset, which consists of a number of stones.

It is a majestic site and the cross has been placed on the highest slab of rock which is covered by impressive white moss.

There is something peaceful, quiet and spiritual about the nature in this spot.

A place chosen with great care.

In the 1840s, people were not allowed to gather for religious meetings – unless they were led by a priest.

On the return journey, the path runs through a section of very special Tiveden nature reminiscent of the nature of northern Sweden.

The trail runs across both county and municipal borders – and is hence a good example of our border region.

 

Trail G – Åsebol trail

Distance: 14,9 km

Difficulty: Mixed

Terrain: Forest road, forest path, gravel road

 

The trail is just short of 15 kilometres and offers many experiences along the way.

Before reaching Åsebol, hikers will pass the memorial to a World War II plane crash.

Åsebol valley is special, from the old industrial area of Gårdsjö mill, to the beautiful view to lake Unden.

The entire valley, and the north shore of Unden, is a very old settlement dating back to Iron Age populations.

During the Middle Ages, the district belonged to Riseberga monastery, situated south of Örebro.

In 1602, Constantia Eriksson and her husband Henrik Franklin received the district as a gift by Duke Karl. Constantia was the illegitimate daughter of Erik XIV, one of King Gustav Vasa’s sons. Hence, the district is often referred to as Constantia country.

By the crossroads, passers-by will see the Stavastugan cottage, which is likely to be one of the municipality’s oldest.

The deep forest that embraces the trail as it winds up towards Slottsbol is very enjoyable to walk in.

 

 

Trail H – The railway trail (Järnvägsleden)

Distance: 7,7 km

Difficulty: Relatively easy

Terrain: Forest road, forest path and gravel road

 

A trail focusing on the Västra stambanan railway, where the Kinnekullebanan trains run.

The trail starts off on the Korterud estate and veers left at the crossing.

After about a kilometre, the trail reaches the railway and the wonderful stone walls that run along it.

The trail runs along the Gårdsjö soccer field, situated on the left. There is no longer any activity at the field, but in the old days…

The same thing applies to the dance venue on the right hand side of the trail. The venue, from the 1930s, is a rotunda with a roof and is actually in good condition. But it’s been a long time since anyone danced here.

Just as you reach Gårdsjö community, and the sealed road, the former hotel is on your left, while the now demolished railway station was once situated on the right and the old post office on the left. These once formed the centre of the village, which in the 1920s was a wellknown railway hub.

The trail then follows the road out to the village, past Boterud, a place that has been inhabited for a long time and is situated along what is known as Queen Kristina’s road. The Ramsnäs estate was, in the 1600s, used by Queen Kristina.

On the way to Högsåsen, the trail also passes Narven, a well-known swimming lake that is beautifully situated.

 

Trail J – Gårdsjö trail

Distance: 11,7 km

Difficulty: Easy

Terrain: Forest road, gravel road

 

A trail that after about half the distance brings hikers to an exciting area that holds the history of when the border district’s forestry industry was born.

The trail runs along the forest road to Slottsbol and onto the area where the Gårdsjön lake enters Åsebolsbäcken.

Skara diocese owns the land and has ensured it is protected by turning it into a nature reserve.

Originally, it was used as an industrial area since the 1700s.

A lot of industries have been based here – including a mill, sawmill, planing mill, timber yard, steam engine and turbine power station, peat harvesting and peat factory and fabric factory.

As such, it was an important workplace for hundreds of people over many decades.

Our association takes care of the whole area on behalf of Swedish Church and Skara diocese.

Just before reaching the road to this area, hikers will pass the road to Mullerud, a village that according to folklore was completely destroyed by an outbreak of the Black Death.

The trail also runs through Gårdsjö, where hikers can choose to wander around what in the early 1900s was a bustling railway hub with about 100 employees loading goods onto and off the Kinnekullebanan trains.

 

 

Trail K – Millstone trail

Distance: 12,6 km

Difficulty: Demanding in some areas

Terrain: Forest path, forest road, gravel road

 

A fascinating trail!

Named after Kvarnstensberget (Millstone Mountain) which in turn received its name because people in the area tried to cut millstones from the mountain a couple of hundred years ago.

The traces of this activity remain everywhere in this wonderful and fascinating nature setting.

The idea was to begin large-scale millstone production, but it wasn’t to be as the stone material was too hard, causing the grain to “burn” when ground.

After Slottsbol, the trail turns around the property ”Gropen” (”The Pit”), home to ”Johan in the Pit” – a legendary artist.

The trail then reaches the Kvarnstensberget mountain, where visitors walking around are fascinated by the large rocks cut out from the mountain.

When you arrive to the lake Kåmmehagsjön, you can just sit down and relax.

 

Trail L – Långtjärn trail

Distance: 20,5 km

Difficulty: Relatively easy

Terrain: Forest road, path, gravel road

 

A 20-kilometre train that has everything!

Named after one of the three small forest lakes - tjärnar – that you pass on the trail west of Åsebol, the trail also runs along Gårdsjön and Åsebolsbäcken.

After the village of Slottsbol, the trail runs downhill, past Slottsbol’s old mill and Mullerud.

It then runs along the Gårdsjö-Åsebolsvägen road, past the 1942 plane crash memorial amongst other things.

In the village, there is a large information board and resting place.

The lovely trail then runs through Åsebolsdalen valley, down to the beach of stunning lake Unden. The walk through the deep, characteristic Tived nature from the Åsebolsbäcken stream, past the Triangle and lakes of Aborrtjärn and Långtjärn, is very pleasurable.

There are many natural spots where one could stop for a break.

On the way home, the trail also passes the amazing place by Gårdsjön that we solemnly call the birthplace of the border district’s forestry industry – a truly wonderful place!

 

Trail N – Hult-Berga trail

Distance 11 km

Difficulty: Mixed

Terrain: Forest path, forest road and gravel road

 

An 11-kilometre trail with varied nature and paths.

Extensive improvement works have been undertaken here as some stretches of road were almost constantly flooded.

The trail is named after two old cottages along the route, even if only the buildings’ foundations remain today. The train begins by passing lovely Korterud, where one can stop to look at the old quarry and enjoy the wonderful surroundings.

The trail then continues along the Hävden road, turning into Grönevallsvägen. The forest road then continues through the extraordinary landscape until reaching the mountain plateau’s highest points.

It is a pleasurable stretch through a quiet and isolated landscape. Here, you should really listen to the sound of silence.

Once the trail reaches Slottsbolsvägen, it is possible to continue along any of the other trails that intersect here.

The trail then returns to Högsåsen via Stene and Sörby. Along the route, there is also a path to the hill of burrows.

 

Led O – Orrkullebäcken and Eriksgatan trail

Distance: 14 km

Difficulty: Mixed

Terrain. Forest path, forest road, gravel road

The focus of the trail is the Orrkullebäcken stream, which offers a beautiful natural setting and a section of the original Ti-vägen road.

The trail runs along the road built in the 150ss after King Gustav Wasa ordered the construction of Ti-vägen. Hence, this is part of the original ”Eriksgatan”. ”Eriksgatan” was the route travelled by a newly elected King during the Middle Ages in order to get approved. It passed Uppsala – Jönköping – Skara – Hova – Tiveden – amongst other places.

On the return journey of the trail, hikers will pass a milestone – a carved stone showing how far along the Ti-vägen road travellers had come. This stone, situated well into a field, is one of best preserved ones we know of.

Hikers will then follow the gravel road through Allmänningarud and Stora Sörby until they reach Högsåsen.

 

 

Trail U – Around Unden and the Constantia trail

Distance: 10 km

Difficulty: Easy

Terrain: Forest road, gravel road

This trail is different from the other trails of our hike system in that is doesn’t start or end in Högsåsen!

Instead, it is a feeder trail that combines the two trails Älgaråsleden and Ridleden at Brynterud, just north of the swimming spot of Ullsandsmo. They are both riding trails but can be walked as well and are perfect if one wants to walk around the lake Unden.

The name Constantia comes from Constantia Eriksdotter, the illegitimate daughter of Erik XIV, who in turn was the son of Gustav Vasa. She is sometimes referred to as the Queen of Tiveden.

The trail passes the village of Barrud, which is part of a section of very beautiful countryside and which as a well-known house of prayer.

 

 

 

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