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Helgonleden, The Saints Trail, Mårtsbo to Gävle

Pilgrim Trail · Gästrikland
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  • The Saint's Trail, The Trail of Gästrike
    / The Saint's Trail, The Trail of Gästrike
    Photo: Mats Jäderberg, Pilgrimstid
  • / The bridge over Gavleån, Gävle
    Photo: Mats Jäderberg, Pilgrimstid
  • / An exciting signpost - a pilgrim, perhaps?
    Photo: Elisabeth Andersson, Pilgrimstid
  • / The front door to Gamla Gefle Vandrarhem - Old Gefle Hostel
    Photo: Mats Jäderberg, Pilgrimstid
  • / Gamla Gävle
    Photo: Erika Wachenfeldt, Paxwalk
  • / Gamla Gävle
    Photo: Erika Wachenfeldt, Paxwalk
  • / Glänta innan Hemlingby
    Photo: Gävle Församling, Paxwalk
  • / Hemlingby kyrka
    Photo: Gävle Församling, Paxwalk
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    Photo: Gävle Församling, Paxwalk
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    Photo: Gävle Församling, Paxwalk
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    Photo: Gävle Församling, Paxwalk
  • / Testeboån
    Photo: Gävle Församling, Paxwalk
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    Photo: Gävle Församling, Paxwalk
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    Photo: Gävle Församling, Paxwalk
  • / Strömsbro parish house
    Photo: Gävle Församling, Paxwalk
  • / The Church of Strömsbro
    Photo: Gävle Församling, Paxwalk
  • / Strömsbro parish house
    Photo: Gävle Församling, Paxwalk
  • / The Church of Strömsbro
    Photo: Gävle Församling, Paxwalk
m 100 50 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Hemlingby kyrka, Gävle, Helgonleden Gävle Gross Mårtsbo gamla skola, Mårtsbo, Gävle Länsmuseet Gävle Hemlingby friluftsområde Gävle station
A nice and easy walk, initially following the trail of Gästrike (Gästrikeleden), from Mårtsbo to Hemlingby. After this, the trail continues through city traffic, but one should choose the pedestrian and bicycle lanes on both sides of the trail marking.

Arriving at Brunnsgatan in Gävle, you will soon enter Old Gävle, and then you can follow the trail near the beach by the river of Gävle (Gavleån) to the Holy Trinity Church.

moderate
Distance 13.5 km
3:16 h
7 m
40 m
A nice hiking trail. Gästrikeleden is marked with orange trail markings. It runs through the forest and small villages, up to Hemlingby Church. After this, there are footpaths and cycle paths to follow towards the centre of Gävle.

Old Gävle is an idyllic area with cobbled streets and old houses. There is also the Old Gefle Hostel. If you continue on the trail along the footpaths on Gavleån's south side and via a small footbridge across the river, you arrive at the Holy Trinity Church.

Author’s recommendation

Book your lodging at Gamla Gefle Hostel and have a long rest in Old Gävle!
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Author
Elisabeth Andersson
Update: June 10, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Highest point
34 m
Lowest point
1 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Mårtsbo, the old schoolhouse, Mårtsbo, Gävle
The House of Music - Musikhuset - in Sjömanskyrkan, Gävle
Gefle Vandrarhem - Hostel, Gävle
Gävle, the Holy Trinity Church
City Restaurang & Pizzeria
Gävle Gross
Hemlingby Outdoor Area
Gävle station
Länsmuseet Gävle

Safety information

Use the footpaths and the pedestrian crossings along the busy streets!

Start

The bathing space by the canal in Mårtsbo (29 m)
Coordinates:
DD
60.588985, 17.235515
DMS
60°35'20.3"N 17°14'07.9"E
UTM
33V 622452 6719089
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Destination

The Holy Trinity Church in Gävle

Note


all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
60.588985, 17.235515
DMS
60°35'20.3"N 17°14'07.9"E
UTM
33V 622452 6719089
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Check out the maps of Gästrikeleden!

Equipment

Light hiking boots, water bottle, clothing for season and weather.

Basic Equipment for Pilgrim Walks

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • Religious objects and material as required

Things to Bring if Staying in a Hostel

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Pilgrim ID card
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
13.5 km
Duration
3:16 h
Ascent
7 m
Descent
40 m
Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest

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