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From fjords to mountains, this is a walk that will challenge even the fittest.
Warm up alongside the railway track with a broad view over the Gandsfjord. From here, the route winds slowly uphill through green spaces. Mariero farm itself, in all likelihood named after one of Hans Gabriel Buchholm’s icons, was to be found in this area.
Looking down Marieroalleen, you can observe impressive, mature Dutch ash trees. The trees came from a ship on its way to the Russian tsar that ran aground near Utstein monastery. Some trees were planted there, some in Byparken, Ledaal and some 150 in this street.
By the stream from Vannassen (only parts of it are visible), lies the farmhouse of the Damsgård summer estate, established here in the 1870s. The path continues onwards and upwards past open green areas and through what is now the busy Mariero shopping and residential area. Take a breather at Vannassen for sandwiches and feeding the ducks. If you have a dog, it can be let of the lead at the “Sirkustomta” dog walking area.
You may be able to hear cheering from Sørmarka Arena as you take on the real challenge of the steep slopes up and around Ullandhaug. The view is worth the effort! Take a break at Stavanger botanical gardens to admire the impressive variety of colour before moving on under Sørmarka’s green canopy and up on the north side of Hinnaberget. Here you can once again catch your breath while looking down on busy Stavanger city in the foreground, with Ryfylke rising up in the distance. This area is facilitated for horse riding. If you walk along a path marked as a riding track, be aware and don't interfare with the horse and rider.
Leaving the hilltops, the route makes its way down into more urban landscapes. The sound of motorway traffic subsides behind you as you descend steadily to complete the loop with the smell of fjords and cries of seagulls, tired legs, several metres of climbing richer and proud of your efforts.
The entire walk is passable with a stroller.
Let us know if you discover a problem along the way!