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Photographer: Daniel Breece

The summit gravel tour - 60 km

Gravel cycling

This lovely gravel loop could well become your new favourite. It’s a decent length, has a number of good climbs and a great lunch stop where you can stretch your legs and fill up your energy levels. We hope you’re going to like it as much as we do!

Length: 59.8 km
Elevation: 897 m
Surface: 71 % gravel, 29 % asphalt

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Cycle to the highest peak in Dalsland

The start and finish is in Laxarby where you can easily park your car. After a short warm up on asphalt it’s time to start the gravel ride in earnest. You’ll pass some of Dalsland’s lovely bigger lakes, first Edslan and then Ömmeln, bordering Värmland, but just before you get to the border you’ll steer your bike southwards towards Dalsland’s highest peak, Baljåsen.

Baljåsen lies 302 metres above sea level, but the cycle route passes below it, at the 243 metre mark. If you have the energy, time, and walking friendly footwear we urge you to lock up your bike and walk the short trail to the summit, there’s a magnificent view from there! 


Lake views and lovely leafy forests

After the peaks come the troughs, and so it is on this route too. From Baljåsen you can rest your legs a while then let gravity do its thing. You’ll pass the ruins of the Cathedral in Edleskog which was dedicated to Sweden’s first official saint, St. Nicolaus av Edleskog. An interesting destination for history enthusiasts. 

In Edsleskog you’ll turn off in the direction of Fengersfors. Go carefully as you’ll be cycling a few hundred metres on a more trafficked road. Enjoy the view of Lake Bräcketjärnet when you cycle through Bräcke’s meadows and deciduous woods.  


Lunch stop at Not Quite

When you reach Fengersfors it’s finally time for lunch. Pop into Not Quite and buy something tasty at the Brukets Godaste bakery, a great little place to stop at.

Immediately after you’ll cycle past the town of Fröskog and two bike friendly places to stay, Villa Weidling and Nordic Refuge. They might be worth looking into before your next cyling holiday or training camp.


Gravel as far as the eye can see

What would a real-life dream gravel bike ride be without a proper gravel sprint to finish it off? The last twenty kilometres are solely on gravel roads, with the forest as your nearest neighbour. On the very last bit Lake Laxsjön comes into view and you can stop for a dip by Laxarby church, a lovely family friendly swimming area .

As we said earlier, this is a really fantastic gravel ride!


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Pictures from the area

Not Quite.

Nordic Refuge.



Gravel cycling in Dalsland

You’ll find all you need to know here about gravel cycling in Dalsland, everything from great route suggestions to cycle friendly accommodation.


Length: 59.8 km
Elevation: 897 m
Surface: 71 % gravel, 29 % asphalt

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