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Start this walk at the foot of Jåttånuten on the path known as Ungdomsgeilen. The forest opens up and you can see out across the Jåttå farm area with its ancient cultural landscape and several 1000-year history.
A total of 26 burial sites have been uncovered here indicating the area was settled from ancient times. The farm was owned by the king and local bishop and registered as a fiefdom in 1647. In 1906 the entire farm was privately owned and comprised 85 plots.
Klyngetun, dry-stone walls and possibly a lapwing or two will guide your progress before you cross the motorway and pass Valbergmyra – one of Stavanger’s last great intact marshlands. From here the terrain is easy along the municipality boundary with Sola. There is a brief view of what was once the old runway from the Second World War before you stumble upon the busy Forus commercial area.
Imagine that you are now really walking underwater. Stokkavatnet was once twice as large as Store Stokkavatnet is today, covering much of what we now know as Forus. From 1906-1912 Stokkavatnet was drained, giving farmers new acreage for cultivation. Six windmills facing Gandsfjorden were built and the waterflow was reversed and sent towards Hafrsfjord. Names such as Svanholmen and Bee (an area for turf cutting) originate from this drainage period.
One final burst of energy takes you up the slopes past Godeset. At Godeset school you will find a playground for the children. The path winds upwards and the landscape alternates between woodland and gardens.
Without being aware of it, you pass the NATO base and complete the walk with a stolen glance up towards Jåttånuten, Stavanger’s second highest hill. At 138 metres high, it holds many secrets. No need to be shy, since you are now at journey’s end and can tick off another walk on your bucket list.
The entire walk is passable with a stroller.
Let us know if you discover a problem along the way!