Näckrosleden is a 700 km cycle route split into 14 different sections, which takes you all through Sörmland. Näckrosleden passes by many of Sörmland’s most prominent sights. The first section starts in Gnesta, which can be reached by commuter train from Stockholm.
You can use the train to reach all the larger towns and the public buses take bicycles if there is enough space.
When you travel by bike you have plenty of time to experience the culture, nature, wildlife and so much more that you wouldn’t normally have time to see. Find time for a break on a beautiful oak hillside, where you can enjoy your coffee in peace and quiet.
Stop by one of our beautiful churches, manors, works and homestead museums and feel the sense of history. In short, treat yourself to discover a Sörmland that is so rich in experiences for both young and old.
Four sections run through Gnesta municipality. You can find maps to all of the sections below.
Etapp 1 Trosa-Gnesta 35 km
Etapp 2 Trosa - Nyköping 66 km
Etapp 3 Nyköping - Stavsjö 70 km
Etapp 4 Stavsjö-Katrineholm 48 km
Etapp 5 Katrineholm - Vingåker 67 km
Etapp 6 Vingåker - Julita 42 km
Etapp 7 Julita - Ekilstuna 55 km
Etapp 8 Eskilstuna - Strängnäs 55 km
Etapp 9 Strängnäs - Mariefred 30 km
Etapp 10 Mariefred - Gnesta 41 km
Etapp 11 Mariefred - Malmköping 51 km
Etapp 12 Malmköping - Flen 41 km
Etapp 13 Flen - Katrineholm 41 km
Etapp 14 Flen - Nyköping 66 km
Selma Lageröf’s book ‘The Wonderful Adventures of Nils’ describes Sörmland as ‘The beautiful garden of Eden’ and this really is an apt metaphor. Here water is in abundance with its hundreds of lakes, as well the whole Sörmland coast with its bays, and over 2,000 islands and skerries.
The agricultural landscape is defined by pastureland interspersed with deciduous forest, mostly oak and birch. You often stumble across lush flowering meadows. Sörmland’s county animal is the osprey, which breeds in both the archipelago and around Lake Båven. Otters can be seen along waterways and beavers are becoming more common. The seal population in the archipelago has started to grow again.
Sörmland is also a land of country estates to rival all others. Throughout the county you encounter castles and manors built by noble farm-owner families of days gone by. They often had connections with the court in Stockholm which explains why they chose this well-located region from Stockholm for their country estates. Many of the manors can be visited today by the public.
Cycling in Sörmland is more pleasure than effort. You peddle at your own pace on small dirt tracks passing sometimes a diverse inland landscape, sometimes extensive views along the Baltic coast. It’s not often you face steep climbs or busy roads. Nor should it be a problem to travel to the Näckrosleden to start your adventure.
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