The starting point of the stage is Mockastorp in Bjuråker’s parish, Hudiksvall. Here you can hike, bike or possibly drive - you will need a car with high ground clearance, though. Mockastorp is an old cottage in the forest, nowadays mostly used as a summer residence.
The hike continues west through the forests, over Havravallen, an old mountain farm, enters the agricultural area again and finally reaches the end of the stage: the chapel of Stråsjö. The chapel, a reconstructed medieval roadside chapel, is built next to the site where tradition says the chapel of Stråsjö was located before it was destroyed in 1597. The present chapel was inaugurated in 2006 and the owner and caretaker is an independent chapel association. It is open to everyone, all year, around the clock.
The trail initially runs on paths and small roads during the stage, with a slightly hilly terrain but it is easy to walk. Later it continues on small gravel roads. When the forest is sparse, a few kilometers from the stage destination, you can see the Chapel of Stråsjö appearing in the lush, green pastures.
Take the time to see how the herbal garden-project close to the chapel is doing. The project is initiated and driven by the Stråsjö Medieval Chapel association and will be finished in 2021. The aim is to educate school children and adults in the care and handling of herbals and their pharmacological properties, and also to arrange cultural activities in the herbal garden, such as theatre and music performances.
During the stage, you will neither have access to food nor accommodation. Bring a tent or contact Pilgrimstid well in advance of the hike.
Transports: Närtrafik is run by taxi, and must be pre-booked by phone: 0771-497939, at the latest two hours before departure. The times in the table are estimated. See the Travel Planner X-Trafiks Reseplanerare
The master builder of the chapel of Stråsjö – Ulf Krantz – crafts at his home in Venås: Link to YouTube-clip