The cottage, known as Skogshyddan (translates to Forest Cottage), was long ago a so-called boatswain's cottage. Here a boatswain, serving in the Navy, lived with his family. The family name of the boatswain was always Skog (Forest). The house is owned by Erstavik but is at the disposal of Nacka Recreation Committee.
From Skogshyddan, the section follows a forest track, and you'll soon pass the cottage Vretatorp. From there, you hike for around 1.5 km through oak and pine forests and fields to the northern end of Lake Öringesjön and the cottage Skomakartorp. Both cottages are former crofs cottages, now owned by Erstavik. From the house, the path follows the shore to the lake's southern end where there is a beach.
From Öringe Village, there are frequent bus connections between Stockholm and Tyresö. The trail passes under the road Tyresövägen and into the Alby nature reserve. You arrive into a forest area, follow a stream and its valley, hike past the meadows and you’ll soon find the beautifully situated boatswain cottage Alstorp. The cottage is now renovated for Tyresö Folklore society. Two grave fields from the younger Iron Age are located in the vicinity of Uddby farm. Shortly thereafter, you reach the destination for this section, Alby recreation area, where you find a beach, jogging tracks, and a cafeteria.
About the Sörmlandsleden Trail
Sörmlandsleden, with more than 1,000 kilometers of winding paths through the county of Sörmland, is one of the longest long-distance path in Scandinavia. The 100 or so sections of the path take hikers through wilderness, areas of cultural tradition and past historical monuments. There is everything from open landscape, wilderness, lakes, and beautiful coastline. Most of the sections are easily accessible by car, bus, or train and each section offers a suitable starting point. For accommodation, there are shelters and for rest stops, there are picnic areas.
The Sörmlandsleden Trail is marked with orange trail markings. Usually, the mark is an orange circle around a tree or pole. Road crossings are marked with orange S-arrows. In population centers, you follow orange stickers, usually placed on lampposts. Planks and footbridges take hikers across sensitive and waterlogged areas. You also find signs that indicate spring (källa), shelter (skärmskydd) or privy (dass).
The Sörmlandsleden Trail is maintained by an association. Members of the Sörmlandsleden Association work as volunteers to keep the trail in the best possible order. One person is responsible for each section.
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