In several Swedish towns you’ll be able to find a special “health path” marked with this sign:
For a walkpath to qualify for this sign, it should be easily accessible for anyone. For example it should not include steep hills or stairs. There will be signs along the way to help you keep track of how far you’ve walked. If you follow the whole path (4 km in my town) you will get back to your starting point. But there should also be plenty of possibilities to enter or leave the path anywhere, and to choose shortcuts.
There is a starting point for my town’s health path very close to where I live, and yesterday I decided to follow it. I frequently walk various parts of it, but rarely the whole path in one go. Actually even yesterday I got a bit sidetracked when I got into town, but never mind…
One of our more spectacular pieces of modern architecture – a triangular glass-covered office building.
Oops, the health path (left) is closed… Even if someone else evidently just went ahead anyway, I think I’ll take the steeper path to the right… I know that from the top of that little hill there is a better view over the town:
They’ve been building a new traffic roundabout here and I’ve lost the path, no sign in sight… Never mind, I know roughly where I’m supposed to go anyway…
Some autumn colours are sneaking up on us!
Back on track, along the river.
Old textile factory building to the left, the tower of the old church in the middle. (And no, I’ve not gone for a swim, I’m standing on a bridge.)
A powerful building: The electricity company.
No autumn colours yet in those trees!
Entering a street which was officially opened as a new Pedestrian Street, with a ceremony earlier the same day.
Getting distracted… A vintage second hand shop seemed to have moved half of their stock out on the street.
A magic toy shop. (Can you see me?)
The old Town Hall / Court House from an unusal angle.
The fountain in the Town Square. There was quite a wind blowing so if you got too close to the fountain it was like walking into a rainshower.
There’s that church tower again.
It has a habit of following you around…
You know the old superstition of not walking under ladders? I’d include scaffolding. And wheelbarrows…
I got sidetracked into another shop, but here I am again. It would be quicker now to turn around and walk home in the other direction, but I’ll follow the path…
The outdoors cafés still popular, even on a windy day.
Still a bit of exotic touch with the palm trees… They’ll soon be moved indoors into some greenhouse for the winter. Walking towards our Bus Square, where all of the town’s bus routes meet.
Anna Lindh’s park, with the Non-Violence sculpture. (In memory of Anna Lindh, minister for foreign affairs, who was assassinated – in Stockholm – on 10th September 2003. Nine years ago on Monday…)
Along the river again… Old factory buildings on one side, and modern housing on the other:
And the city continues to grow… On the building site behind that fence, a new 12-storey building will be rising.
Coming to a crossroads again… Following the official path, I should take the one to the left. But I choose to go the right and take a shortcut/detour across the old cemetery. (It’s a shortcut if I really take the shortest way across. A detour if I stroll around a bit…)
For one thing I get to say hello to the rabbits…
… and some of my ancestors (great-grandparents, left).
On the other side of the cemetery, we’re back to where we started this walk. Thanks for keeping me company!
Linking to Straight Out of the Camera Sunday.