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Cycle around Tidaholm

The municipality of Tidaholm offers countless rural roads ideal for cycling. Along the Tidaholm circuit cycle trail you can discover plains landscapes with sweeping vistas, mystical beech forests, wonderful farming landscapes of ever-changing colours and Hökensås Nature Conservation Area with its towering pine forests and abundance of lakes. The scenery is very varied.

Quick facts

Length: approx. 71 km

Time required: around 5-6 hours

Level of difficulty: moderate

Terrain: tarmac, gravel and cycle paths in urban settings, hilly with some long uphill stretches

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Vulcanön island – a good starting point

Vulcanön in central Tidaholm is a good starting point, as it represents an essential part of Tidaholm’s history. A large car park can be found adjacent to the library on Södra Kungsvägen. Directions for the cycle trail with a map can be obtained from Tidaholm Tourist Information Office. The tourist office is located in the same building as Tidaholm library. Please note that the cycle trail is not signposted or marked.

 

Photographer: Tidaholm Tourist Information Office

Sights along the route

  1. Hömbs by is a village consisting of ten small dwellings sited at evenly spaced intervals along the village street, ending at Hömb Church and the charming Luffarstugan (a former poorhouse that subsequently provided accommodation for itinerant workers (luffare)).
  2. Kavlås Castle was developed in the 18th century to become one of the foremost estates in the county.
  3. Kungslena is an ancient settlement, and is home to three passage graves, several Iron Age graves and ancient fields.

Kungslena Church was constructed in the 13th century. The church features beautiful paintings completed in 1749 by Johan Risberg. A 12th-century sandstone baptismal font remains from the oldest church on this site.

Kungslena kungsgård is a manor house that served as the residence for the colonel of the Royal Skaraborg Regiment for 185 years. The property is now privately owned.

  1. Gestilren is the site, according to several historians, of a decisive battle for the future of Sweden that took place in 1210. Seven hundred years after the battle this stone was erected as a memorial.

Photographer: Tidaholm Tourist Information Office

  1. Granne Påle is a remarkable wooden signpost from the 18th century. The original road sign is said to have been erected in the reign of Queen Kristina.
  2. The beech forest in Ekedalen was planted in the latter part of the 1870s. This nature reserve is protected and covers roughly 3.5 hectares.
  3. The burial ground in Dimbo is the largest Iron Age burial ground in Västergötland, with just over 300 graves from the Late Iron Age.
  4. Suntak old church is a rare preserved example of Romanesque architecture originating from the latter half of the 12th century. The walls display traces of late mediaeval lime murals by Amund. A remarkable bishop’s bench from the late Middle Ages has been found in the church. The Suntak chair (Suntaksstolen) with its carved dragon’s head is now housed in the Västergötland Museum.

Photographer: Tidaholm Tourist Information Office

 

  1. Storegården is a Götaland-style farm. The farmhouse building was originally built for two families in 1817, according to oral tradition, but is probably significantly older.
  2. Valstads Café is a spot where you can bring your own picnic basket to enjoy.
  3. Lake Otterstorpasjön is well worth a slight detour on a hot summer’s day with its jetty and pleasant grassy waterside area.
  4. Grimmestorps herrgård dates back to the early Middle Ages, and following a chequered history the manor has now been restored.
  5. First Camp Hökensås boasts a picturesque location by Hökensås Nature Reserve amidst a distinctive landscape of sparse pine forest and an abundance of tarns and lakes. The campsite is open all year round and has a restaurant, a Närlivs convenience store and a mini-golf course.
  6. Hökensås sportfiske offers fly fishing, spin fishing, angling and, in winter, jig fishing. Hökensås, a 5,153-hectare nature conservation area, is very hilly with around fifty lakes and tarns in the depressions formed during the Ice Age. Most of the lakes offer all types of fishing. It is also possible to rent a lake.
  7. Lake Lilla Havssjön is a popular bathing spot with local residents, with jetties, a diving tower and a sandy and grassy shoreline. It also has a barbecue area, changing huts and a dry toilet.

Facts about the trail

Length:

The trail is a circular route of around 71 km.

Estimated time:

It takes roughly 5-6 hours to cycle.

Markers:

No markers.

Level of difficulty:

Moderate, hilly with some long uphill stretches.

Start and finish:

Vulcanön in central Tidaholm is a good starting point, as it represents an essential part of Tidaholm’s history. A large car park can be found adjacent to the library on Södra Kungsvägen.

Getting here:

Tidaholm is in West Sweden near Lake Vättern, about 160 km from Gothenburg. If you choose to come by train, get off at Falköping or Skövde and then take the bus to Tidaholm. If you are driving, Tidaholm is 58 km from Jönköping.

Contact information

Tel: +46 502 60 62 08

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