Lilla turen till Kolsva
In this easy-cycling bike ride, you will discover Köping and the surrounding area. The trip is great for cycling with a friend or with the whole family, and there is a lot to see and do along the way.
We start the bike ride just outside central Köping, at the ancient site Ströbohög. The 28-kilometer-long Little Tour to Kolsva starts from here. A good warm-up before the bike ride is perhaps to climb Ströbohög? Wonderful views of the surrounding landscape are promised in that case.
The old trading and industrial city of Köping has a large port on Lake Mälaren. Here you will find Museistråket, among other things in the form of the Car & Technology History collections with pearls such as Bugatti, Rolls-Royce and Volvo to view. We recommend a city walk in the hometown of the famous chemist Carl Willhelm Scheeles (1742-1786). Feel free to sing "Du gamla du fria" when you walk because it was here in the city that Rickard Dybeck wrote the lyrics.
When we have had our fill of the view, it's time to step off, and we do it on the old railway embankment, the KUJ line, up towards Kolsva. It is not only straight, but also easy to ride. The railway between Köping and Uttersberg was built to facilitate transport from the ironworks in Hedströmsdalen to the port of Köping. It was inaugurated in 1866 and more than 100 years later, the last freight train rolled here.
After a while, the KUJ course passes Malma Church, a beautiful gray stone church from the beginning of the 14th century. Here you will find both a baptismal font of Gotland sandstone and beautiful ceiling paintings to view. In addition, tables and benches suitable for a break and perhaps refilling the water bottle.
The German Bridge
When you get closer to Kolsva, you will come to the rest area Tyskbron. On the information board here you can read both about previous tracks and about the old locomotive Lotta.
Our bike ride continues along Guttstavägen, past the brewery, and soon we arrive in Kolsva, where you can stop for coffee, eat or maybe fill the picnic basket. Kolsva is a genuine working community and at the working area and Herrgårdsallén, the old environment is preserved and alive. Kohlswa Ironworks was founded in 1641 and Kohlswa Manor was built during the last years of the 17th century. Both kings and patrons have stayed here during hunts and deliberations.
Take a detour to Gisslarbo - a place with a fantastic atmosphere by the water. It is about 4 km straight, flat, KUJ-track road with magic forest on both sides. Do not miss Gisslarbo small station building on the right side. Stop at the small bridge over Gisslarboån and enjoy the view. Then continue towards society with Magasinet.
Now it's time to steer the cow back towards Köping. We do this along the old Brovägen, which with its narrow pretzel-curved curves is really fun to cycle. The road follows Hedstömmen and you pass small villages such as Lersta and Hörnberga. In the cow pastures at Bollströ there are not only cattle but also ancient monuments. At Bro Kyrka, the asphalt turns into a bumpy gravel road and then you are back in Köping.
Some practical tips
Take Torggatan which goes south of Stora Torget to the right, use the cycle path, out on Bergslagsvägen (quite a big road, but there is an okay roadside). Pass McDonalds (on your west side) over Ringvägen - slightly right on the bike path up to the pedestrian crossing. After a few minutes you see the impressive Ströbohög and immediately to the left begins the KUJ line which extends to the northwest in a straight line through the landscape.
To cycle to Gisslarbo from Kolsva, turn left when you cycle out of the manor on Herrgårdsallén and cycle Bruksgatan the same way as you came towards ICA. Cross the large Bergslagsvägen (250) and cycle up the hill towards the red Kolsva Brukskyrka. Pretty soon after the church, take the first left at the 30 signs. You see a blue sign that says it is a pedestrian and bicycle path, road signs that show how Stationsvägen / Bergtorps-vägen goes and a small sign with the KUJ mark. Continue towards Gisslarbo, a small mill dating from the 16th century. Cycle on the pedestrian and bicycle path. It will soon be a high-quality gravel road.
On the way home, you can choose to cycle to Köping via Brovägen. Then you cycle Herrgårdsallén forward, cross Bruksgatan and continue Brovägen straight ahead. The bridge road winds through the agricultural landscape. You pass cows in pastures and well-kept farms. If the wind is on over the fields, you may have to go down on lower gears.