AND IKEA, ABBA G ROADIN EPIC OFF- Westlake By John Discoveri ng e. adventur A forest solitude beauty and the hidden Sweden via southern of off-road bike
lance at a map and southern Sweden looks normal enough, with little indication it’s adventure bike heaven. There’s Gothenburg on the left, Stockholm on the right and below that is a splodge of green with a few lakes and a crisscross of main roads. But zoom in and something odd happens. Firstly, the lakes multiply, with thousands of smaller ones peppering the countryside. And
Gsecondly, there don’t seem to be many more roads. In fact, huge swathes of the country don’t have any roads at all.
What you discover when you get there is that the green splodge covering the entire south of Sweden - an area three times the size of Wales - is one massive forest bisected by thousands upon thousands of gravel tracks. These swoop and squirm between tiny villages and farms, skirting lakes and only occasionally pop out onto a road, which you briefly follow before diving back onto the gravel.
It’s a never- ending adventure playground - with no-one else in it. Sweden has a population just 15% the size of Britain’s and twice the land mass so it’s normal to ride all day and only see a handful of other vehicles. Not only that, but because most of the tracks are smooth - there are far fewer potholes than on
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