4. Källby – Trolmen
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The fourth section starts by the train station in Källby and ends in Trolmen on the table mountain Kinnekulle. The end of the section is alongside a country road, 600 meters from the train station in Trolmen. Soon after the start of the section there is a tough climb of the hike where the table mountain Kinnekulle begins. Once up, you are rewarded with a varied and beautiful nature and nice views. Along the way you pass the idyllic village of Blomberg with the nature reserve Västerplana Storäng, a lovely meadow. The section then continues towards Västerplana church and the nature is a mixture of different nature types and creates one of the most scenic parts of the whole Biosphere Walking Trail.
This sections starts in the village of Källby. After passing a residential area you are soon out in the countryside. The first kilometers is a gravel road among the railway, with a sight of Lake Vänern in the background. Soon you reach a crossing where some hiking trails meets. The pilgrim route that has run parallel with the Biosphere Hiking Trail now continues east while you will walk west. For a few miles the trail now will now instead run parallel with the Kinnekulle Hiking Trail.
In front of you is now a shorter section with a fairly steep climb with nice views as a reward above the ridge. Shortly thereafter you reach the idyllic village of Blomberg. This is a nice place for a shirt detour down the hill. There you find a cozy place for a swim and also a small harbor with a Viking ship. You leave the village within a kilometer and end up in one of the 19 nature reserve on the plateau hill of Kinnekulle. This one is called Västerplana Storäng and has large deciduous trees and meadows that is covered with lovely ramson during spring time. Here you also have the opportunity to make a short detour to a small waterfall. This landscape continues a few kilometers and is one of the most scenic stretches of the entire Biosphere Walking Trail thanks to the variety. Later the nature changes to pastures with hay meadows and cherry trees. The final part consists of denser forest and just before you reach the end in Trolmen you will experience a cool passage with beautiful limestone cliffs that surround you. On this section you find a few resting areas which are nicely placed and a wind break with barbecue area in the forest. This section is partly uphill which requires basic condition.
Approximate Time: 6 hours, breaks not included
Not to be missed: The viking ship Sigrid Storråda which has its home port in Blomberg and the small waterfall in the nature reserve of Västerplana Storäng. The best time of year to visit Västerplana is during spring when the wild garlic is flowering. In the village of Blomberg you also pass some of the area's few rock carvings. Another highlight is to take the train since the route from Lidköping to Mariestad has been named Sweden´s most beautiful train line.
How to get here: Källby station is easily reached by both bus and train. The train passes both Källby and Trolmen on the route between Lidköping and Mariestad. The both stations also have smaller parking spaces. The bus takes you from Källby to Lidköping or Götene. The station of Trolmen is situated 600 meters from the walking trail.
Accomondation: Two kilometers from Källby station there is a cozy and rural hostel called Äventyrsgården. In Lidköping which is easy to reach from Källby you find many different accomodation in varying price ranges. 5 kilometers from Källby in the village of Filsbäck you find both a small camp site and the unique hotel cottages of Bäverli Hills. In Trolmen, close to the Walking Trail there are two smaller options, Trolmens B&B and Kulturum B&B.
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