Stage 7: BIRKELAND – LANDVIK 20 km
This stage starts in the municipality of Birkenes near Valstrand school. From here you can walk or cycle towards the cotter’s farm Stien. This stretch is about 7 km long. From there the Child Wanderer Path follows the ancient road "Stigsveien" towards Reddal, approximately 5 km in hilly terrain and along a woodland trail with open and beautiful mixed forest.
Shortly after the trail enters Landvik, you will pass Lindvannsstemmen. Lindvannsstemmen is bricked up to collect water for floating logs in the river below. The eldest Stigsveien likely crossed the river, just below Lindvannsstemmen.
Along the trail, look for the “Varp”. "Varp" means "throw". Such phenomenons are often found along the old routes where there has been an accident, or maybe a murder. By throwing a stone or a stick on the mound one could protect oneself against the evil.
After a gentle descent of approximately 100 m you will arrive at Nærebø in Reddal. Follow the asphalted main road up to the assembly hall in the middle of the village. Turn off towards "Reddal Sand" and the main road continues on towards Hestehaven (Seland).
The total length of the main road is approximately 3 km. From Hestehaven follow the old road Reddalsveien over Grøvane until you reach Dolholt. Continue past the Dolholt farms on Dolholtmoen. From here you should follow the old road "Kongeveien" (Kings road) over Havstadmoen, go down Ringskleiva to your destination Landvik church. The distance from Hestehaven to Landvik Church is approximately 3 km.
Birkeland hotell: 37 27 70 07 / Taxi phone: 37 27 88 88