This bike ride consists of a number of rides that take you through large parts of Östra Ed parish in Östergötland. You cycle largely in untouched nature through the Åsvikelandets, Kvädöfjärden and Torrö nature reserves, which together form one of southern Sweden's largest nature reserves.

Between the rocky lands on Kvädö and Åsvikelandet are open pastures and beach meadows with oak forest edges. The cultural landscape is old, for more than 2,000 years people have used the land for meadows, pastures and forest grazing. Cultivation cairns, old ditch systems and croft grounds tell of a bygone era when significantly more people than today lived and lived all year round in the archipelago. Even today, there are active farms in the area, Kvädö and Åsvik's farms, which keep the landscape open through cultivation, grazing and mowing.

The text is based on a PDF produced by the municipality of Valdemarsvik. Here you can download a nice folder that describes the nature in the area.

Kvädöfjärden, Åsvikelandet, Torrö (Swedish)
Kvädöfjärden, Åsvikelandet, Torrö (english)
Kvädöfjärden, Åsvikelandet, Torrö (German)

  • 1

    Kråkvik

    Here was Kråkvik, one of the oldest farms on Åsvikelandet. As early as 1225, a "Krak" is mentioned that could be the same as today's Kråkvik. Mentioned with certainty in 1358 when "Mr. Joans in Krakowiik" lived here.

  • 2

    Brevik

    Now you come to Brevik, which is also first mentioned in 1225. In 1596, an Olof "who was notorious for hearing" lives here. Terrible things. The current dwelling house is from the 19th century.

  • 3

    Iron Age tomb

    Here is an old Iron Age tomb. There are many ancient monuments in the area, but this one is right next to the road.

  • 4

    Torrö

    Out on Torrö, they can see the pilot bridge, Korsudden and Torrö tracks that are sung in Evert Taubes via "Blås Kajsa blås".

  • 5

    Källskär

    Källskär consists of three islands that are close to each other. The fishing village was established as early as 1742 and at most 53 people lived here in 1900.

  • 6

    Kolbotten

    Here are remnants of an old coal mile with an associated coal hut. In a coal mile, charcoal and other products were produced by dry distillation of wood.

  • 7

    Lookout tower and coffee table

    If you have a packed lunch with you, this is a perfect place to stay for a while. Here you will find a picnic area with a table and a lookout tower.

  • 8

    Giant pots from the ice age

    Here are two giant pots from the ice age that were hollowed out in the rock. They are 40-60 cm in diameter and there is a sign by the road. It happens that you can find old coins in giant pots. maybe with the hope of good fishing luck?

  • 9

    Sandvarpet

    Sandvarpet is mentioned in the church books in the 17th century. Sven Sunesson lived here and died in 1720 at the age of 110. The current dwelling house is located on the same site as the old house. About 80 meters from the house by a large boulder by the road was "Licknevarps skvaltkvarn" (skvaltkvarnar had horizontal water wheels).

  • 10

    Bäckaskog

    Bäckaskog is mentioned in 1453 as "Swinabech". In 1544 it became a salvation farm which in 1571 was owned by Erik Karlsson Gyllenstierna. Written 1640 "Swijnebeck". The current main building was built in 1868. From 1874 the farm is called Bäckaskog.

  • 11

    Drawn

    In 1615 "Jon i Draget" lived here. The name comes from the fact that in older times, when required, the boats were pulled over the "oath" between Edsviken and Svinebäcksviken (Kråkviken ".

  • 12

    Härvikseken and milestone

    At the intersection you can see the old "Härvikseken". A short distance away is an iron milestone "1/2 mile 1814". The milestones have their origins in the 1649 inn ordinance and were set up along the country roads on 1/4, 1/2 and a whole old Swedish mile (18,000 acres = 10,689 meters).

  • 13

    Beautiful beech forest

    Here is an area of about 1 hectare of beech forest that was planted in the 1920s. There are not many environments that can offer the special sheer greenery and light you meet in a beech forest.

  • 14

    Fridhem

    In the middle of the 19th century, the statesman Jöns Jacob Pehrsson, his wife Anna Greta Andersdotter with four sons lived in the back cottage Fridhem.

  • 15

    Lövbäcken

    Lövbäcken is mentioned as a so-called day labor croft under Fågelvik in 1758. The current residential building was built in the early 1800s. Lövbäcken received electricity in 1948.

Some practical tips

This bike ride is easy to ride and does not require any special prior knowledge. The tour starts from the bridge that crosses Edsviken.

Most of the area consists of nature reserves. This means that you must show extra great consideration and follow special rules. You can read what applies on the information signs in the area.

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