This is a trip report from my own personal trips around the West of Sweden. To book your own kayaking adventure visit; Kayak Bohuslän.
A fairly local lake to me which i had not kayaked before, Stensjön lies on the outskirts of Mölndal. With excellent access and a slow moving river connecting to the much bigger Rådasjön, it offers a really nice opportunity for a few hours of fun paddling.
There are a few good access points with free parking. I chose the car park (P) just after the bridge on John Halls Väg as it is the closest point to the water and steps going down to the lake.
I started by exploring Stensjön which is a pretty lake with a park like feel to it, with plenty dog walkers and joggers also enjoying the lake.
To the East of the lake is Gunnebo Slott (1), which is a country mansion with cost free entry to the grounds. It is definitely worth having a stroll around Gunnebo Slott should you have the time after your paddle.
After a bit a paddling around Stensjön i decided to headed under the bridge and up slow moving river (2) to Rådasjön, where i was pleasantly surprised to find a much bigger lake than i remembered when i looked at the map before setting off (i forgot my map).
Rådasjön although with a few houses dotted around and the unfortunate sound of the nearby motorway, offers a much better wilderness feel than Stensjön. I still find it hard to believe sometimes, that in Sweden, you can be one moment in the middle of a city and the next, feel like you are in the wilderness.
There were some really stunning large houses around here which were fun to look at. One in particular was the 1888 manor house Slottsviken (3), which i later learned is now a conference centre. Although, the figure of a lady looking out the lake made me a little uneasy at first, until i realised it was a statue.
I stopped at a jetty at Råda Säteri (4) for fika (coffee break). Råda Säteri is another manor house which was built around the lake in 1771. It seems this was the place for large manor houses around that time.
After a short rest it was time to head back to my car. Knowing i had the river this time to my advantage (however slow), was something to look forward to. A bit a maneuvering around the reeds and i was in position for a nice easy take-out, only a few meters away from my car.
A really nice day trip out on a beautiful autumn day. I will definitely be back to see the parts of the lake which i missed.