Lillsjön & Lärkesholmssjön WoodlandSeptember 13, 2017 in Sweden ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C
Will had scoured Park4Night and found us a lovely spot to spend our last couple of nights in Sweden. At the end of a 1km grit track we parked up in a small woodland clearing in between two lakes; Lillsjön (the little lake) and Larkesholmssjön (the larger one). On Lillsjön's shore was a firepit with grill and a store of split logs keeping dry under a specially made shelter. We were tempted with a fire but the wet weather both nights put paid to that idea! We had parked under a large Beech tree and on the day we arrived, it rained so heavily that it sounded as if pebbles were being thrown on to the van roof!
Luckily, despite thunderstorms being forecast for the second day, it turned out dry and we were even treated to some spells of sunshine! A few walkers and joggers were lured out by this fine Swedish weather but the area remained incredibly quiet. We decided to take the 6km marked trail around Lärkesholmssjön and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, savouring the peaceful lake and forest as we went. The path was well maintained but it seemed that even Sweden wasn't used to the amount of rain we'd had. The streams, river and bogs we crossed had burst their banks and as we waded through 30cm of water we were very glad we'd had the foresight to wear wellies!
The forest was a mixture of mature Beech and pines, its floor carpeted with a bright green moss that almost seemed to glow in the shade of the trees. These areas were dotted with a myriad of fungi, from miniscule mushrooms only a few mm tall to thick bracket growths climbing up rotting trunks, looking sturdy enough to use as steps. As we approached the hamlet of Lärkesholm, we passed several boats and a canoe, hauled up on the grass. We love that people are able to leave their belongings in places such as these, with no locks or chains, trusting they will be safe.
We returned to the van and enjoyed Will's home made pizza and some red wine for tea as is becoming our custom on the final night we spend in a country.Read more