7 facilitated walks

- Suitable for everyone, but these walks are also accessible with pushchair/ pram, wheelchair and bike.

Sandeid - Center via Helgevoll

Access and parking:

You can start the walk from Sandeid church -  information tablet by the parking area, or by Haugesund Sparebank (Bank facilities) in the center of Sandeid. The parking in both areas is good.

Distance:

Return walk ca 3 km

Vanskegrad:

”Green-hike” – Beginner/ basic level. 

Terrain:

Parts of the path is covered by gravel. The route is close to the center of Sandeid so it does not have a lot of incline.

Guidance/Info:

From Sandeid church you follow the footpath along the county road down towards Sandeid center until you reach the exit for Haugesund Sparebank and Nortura. The trail cotinues on a gravel path until you reach Rødneelva (river). Alongside the river you continue onto the tractor track until you reach Helgevoll/ Rødnebrua (bridge). Return in the same direction for the walk back via the road to Helgeland/Fjellstøl.

It is also possible to diverge from the trail description above and have a look at the Rødne powerplant further up by the river or by following the trail.

 

Skjold – Roundtrip of Skjold center  

(Vikaneset, Skjoldavik, Isvik, Hagebyen, church)                                                                        

Access and parking:

Exit E134 by the sign that directs you towards Vikaneset. Park at the first parking area on the right-hand side.

Distance:

ca 3,5 km

Duration:

ca 1 hour

Difficulty:

”Green- hike” – Beginner/ basic level.

Terrain:

The landscape is quite flat with a few inclines. The roundtrip is primarily on a foot-and-cycle path.

Guidance/Info:

You start and finish your roundtrip at Vikaneset. Walk down towards the main road, cross and continue on the footpath towards the church. Keep left down towards Skjoldavik underneath the bridge. Follow the road through Skjolavik, where you can see both old and contemporary housing as well as a great view of Skjoldafjorden (fjord). In the outer part of Skjoldavik you will find a mail box on the downside of the road next to a grey garage. The box contains some history about the area and its mining background. From here the trip follows on towards Isvik where you pass the marshall’s house on the upper side of the road. On the lower side of the road you will find a picnic bench near the shore. After crossing the bridge, turn right towards Vikebygd. Parts of this road does not have a footpath so you wil have to cross in order to continue on to the next footpath. When you reach the sign that says «Skjold Trevare» cross the road again and continue until you get a sign on your right-hand side that directs you towards Isvik Hageby. Follow the footpath up towards Isvik Hageby 1 and 2 until the path ends. Continue alongside the road straight ahead until the road turns towards the right and you arrive at Isvik Hageby 3. From this point onwards you can choose to walk around the neighbourhood in three different directions. The first road takes a left straight away, wheras the second and third road can be found further down straight ahead. All three roads meet at the same footpath which is a bit steep, but leads you back to the church. If you want to have a look at Isvik Hageby 4 you turn right by the playground. The road alongside  the church the bends around it and leads you to the parking area at Vikaneset. You can also take the roundtrip in the opposite direction. The roundtrip is marked on a few sign posts and lampposts.

 

Ølen – Roundtrip of Ølen center

Parking:

Park behind Ølen kulturhus (culture center) by Ølen Båtlag’s pier.

Information tablet can be found on the wall of Revehallen (an old showcase hall for fur animals, sheep and horses).

Distance:

The roundtrip is about 3,5 km and will take approximately 1,5 hours.

Difficulty:

A  nice family roundtrip. Accessible by foot as wells as bike, pushchair/pram and wheelchair. Parts of the path is covered by gravel.

Terrain:

The roundtrip is close to Ølen center with a few steep hills up to the area where it flatttens and you get a great view of Ølensfjorden (fjord).

Guidance/Info:

The roundtrip starts at Revehallen and follows on towards Osen/Oselva (on the western side of the river you will find a more uneven terrain for those who want more of a challenge). Walk up Osabrekko which is quite steep. When you get to the road that leads to Øvrehagen, turn right down towards Steinbru (stoney bridge). Studer brua (bridge) is considered a piece of art as it is the oldest stone bridge in Ølen. From the bridge continue towards Fatland Slakteri, crossing the E134 towards the farms on Eide where you will have a good view of the surroundings. On one of the mailboxes on the mailbox stand at Eide farm you will see that the farm has be rewarded the Norwegian cultural heritage rose for upholding the traditional farm contruction. Continue on the gravel path towards riksveg 514 (countyroad) and cross the road. Another option is to visit Nesheimstunet – a village farmstead from 1859. This walk continues down postvegen (name of raod), along the river that originates in Stumo. Here, you can, amongst other sites see old road signs. From thereon the path heads towards the historical center of Ølen, where you can take a coffe break at the Joa-Kari Park.

 

Ølen – Olalia 467 MASL

Access and parking:

Follow the E134 from Ølen to Opheim. The parking area is situated on the mountain by Opheim. NB! Parking fee apllies.

Distance:

Ca 5 km one way.

Duration: 

The hike takes about 3 hours including the return, but is considerably quicker by bike.

Vanskegrad:

”Green-hike” – Beginner/ basic level.

Guidance/ Info:

Haugesund Tourist Association owns Olalihytta (name of cottage). In the summer 2014 they built a new cottage and constructed a new pathway  that made Olalihytta accessible via bike, push chair/ pram and wheelchair (aquires a wheelchair that is adaptable to terrain). The terrain is easy to manage as the cottage is located only 100 meters higher than the parking area. The toughest incline is near Tosko (lake), but when you have passed the lake you are halfway there and the pathway changes from forest to open terrain. From thereon the path continues past Ongelsvatnet (lake) and the last distance is mostly downhill. If you want to spend that night at the cottage you can find more information at: www.ut.no

On your way back from the cottage to the parking there are several sites to see if you choose an alternative route. You can walk via Stauskar/ Steinsfjelet where you can se Siggjo, Stovegolvet, Melderskin, Folgefonna, Ingebørnuten and Hustveitsåtå in clear weather. From the Red Cross cottage you can also walk via Keisarholli and Skrukkane.

Fottøy:  

Trainers or hiking boots.

 

Vikebygd – Roundtrip around ”nullen”

Access and parking:

Park next to the village house which is situated right by the sports facilities in the northern part of Vikebygd.

Guidance/Info:

The trip starts by crossing over to the western side of the road. Follow the cyclepath about 100 meters and turn in towards the the daycare and school grounds. Walk though the gate and continue past the school. (Feel free to take a break and try the new exercize equiptment on the lower side of the school grounds). Continue down the hill on the cyclepath, past the welfare housing until you get to Plassabakeriet (bakery). On the weekends during the summer season you will be able to get something to eat at this charming bakery. Walk alongside the shore until you get to the port where the smaller boats are kept. This is where you can find the signaturen mailbox where you write your name in na log book when you have reached a certain point of a hike. This is also a great place to take a break, or maybe even go for a swim by the beach. After you can walk past the church up towards the main road and continue north until you end up on the cyclepath that starts next to the shop. Follow the cyclepath back to the village house where you started.

 

Bjoa - Baslia

Access and Parking:

Exit E134 in Ølensvåg and follow fylkesveg 543 (countyroad) towards Bjoa. After about 15 km, turn left in the crossroads where you can see the sign posts for Dalen. Follow the road until you get to Bjoavatnet (lake) where you turn right in the crossroad and follow the Dalen sign postage. After about 1 km, look for a sign that says parking and tursti (hiking-trail).

Distance:

The roundtrip is about 4,5 km and takes ca 1,5-2 hours.

Difficulty:

”Blue-hike” – Moderate level. Perfect family hike with a few challenges. Or you can choose to do the part of the hike that is primalry forest track which makes it a ”green-hike”.

Guidance/Info:

Start on the road that leads to Dalsbruket, where you can also find an information tablet about the hike. The forestpath towards Baslia is a great family hike which can also be explored on a bike or with a pushchair/pram. There is hardly any incline through the  2 km long forestpath that leads to Baslia farm. At the very end of the forestpath by the logging area you can find some picnic benches.

You can also choose a more challenging track to get to Baslia farm. Follow the forestpath until you get to a sign directing you towards Kistedalstjørna. Continue on the forestpath for about 350 meters and turn on to a narrower marked trail that will lead you to a pond. Follow the marked trail along the lefthand side of the pond until you reach the viewpoint at Baslifjellet(mountain). From here you can see Dalselvå (river), and the way it turns and bends all the way down to Ålfjorden (fjord). You can also see the vast forest landscape by the peak in the southern directon. From thereon forllow the marked trail down towards the farm and the forestpath. By the end of the forestpath/ logging area you can choose to follow a trail that will lead you down towards the river. You can thereon follow the river up towards the other part of the forestpath before you reach the parking.

 

Imsland - Ølmedal roundtrip

Access and Parking:

Drive to Imsland and park by the village house.

Distance:

7 km around the lake.

Duration:

The walk takes about 1,5 – 2 hours with a comfertable walking pace, but can be done within 1 hour if you want to pick up the pace.  

Difficulty:

’Green-hike” – Beginner/ basic level.

Guidance/Info:

The roundtrip goes all the way around Ølmedalsvatnet (lake) on tarmac covered road. A few soft inclines, but overall a comfertable walk with beautiful surroundings. You can find the signature mailbox at the end of the lake by the bridge.

 

Sist endra 19.11.2015
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