The Bokedalen area north of Jonsered is a multiformed area with high natural and cultural values. It is one of Partille’s most important outdoor districts and a nature preserve since 1998.
Bok is the Swedish name for beech and this valley is dominated by the tree, but there are also oak, elm, lime and ash trees, some over 100 years old. Even evergreens gain in age here. Near the small lake Rävhålan and on the slopes down towards Lake Aspen there are a number of 200 year old pines with typical armoured or crocodile bark.
However, Bokedalen is more than woods. It’s an ancient cultural landscape where people have lived since the latest ice age when the ocean shore was as high as where the preserve is today. Linen textiles made at the Jonsered factory were bleached in the sun on slopes of the Linnekullen hill. There was once a dancing hall here and the last of Gothenburg’s executioners Magnus Grip lived in a croft near Gripsholm. This is where he used to cut the hazel sticks used to carry out flogging punishments. The small lake Rävhålan was a water supply for the large Jonsered manor garden. Ice was fetched here and stored in the ice cellar still found near its parking lot. Today there is cultivation land, old avenues, the Jonsered manor house and a garden in the preserve.
There are many paths through the area, but the Nature Trail is a 4.2 km long posted trail with over 20 places with information describing what is found on the hike. The area also includes the Jonsered Gardens.
Click here for more information on the Freden croft.
Take exit 82 towards Jonsered from route E20. Continue through Jonsered and turn left over the second bridge into the factory area. Continue on William Gibsons väg through the factory area. Follow the signs for the nature preserve. The parking lot is on the right side.
The Jonsered commuter station lies next to Bokedalen and is an excellent alternative for a car.