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Mosvatnet circular walk

Mosvatnet is a beautiful lake close to the centre of Stavanger, popular with walkers, runners and cyclists. The 3km lighted trail goes around the edge of the lake, passing the Rogaland art museum and Mosvangen campsite. The 4km folkesti (county footpath) route crosses the footbridge into the woodland on the other side of the motorway, passes the outdoor swimming pool then rejoins the lakeside trail.

a view across the lake
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the path that diverts through the beech trees in Valandskogen The lake is quite shallow and was used as a drinking supply for the city until 1931. There are plenty of ducks (and seagulls!) to feed along the way.
Close by are the First Hotel Alstor and Rica Forum Hotel
If the weather is cold enough during the winter, the lake becomes an enormous skating rink (after safety checks).
To extend the walk a little further divert from the woodland folkesti to the tower (Valandstarnet) at the top of the hill. Great views over the town and sea.

Map reference:
Kartblad 1212IV Stavanger, 109 399
By car:
Driving south out of Stavanger on E39, take first exit and follow signs for Mosvangen camping

OR - drive to Gamlingen swimming
Mosvangen campsite
Gamlingen swimming (a few spaces)

Stavanger Idrettshall (near art museum with fee charged)

By bus: Bus from Stavanger Sentrum along Madlaveien to north side of lake.
On foot: 2km walk from centre of town to north side of lake.

Distance from Stavanger: 2 km

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this walk is popular - especially at weekends
a gathering of ducks Travel time from Stavanger:
7 minutes by car.
5 minutes by bus
30 minutes on foot
Duration of the visit:
1 - 3 hours

Carparks (Mosvangen camping, Gamlingen, Stavanger Idrettshall)

Cafe with toilets in art musem

Outdoor swimming pool, campsite, playgrounds

Kids verdict:
cycling from playground to playground - great.
See also:
Vaaland kolonihager

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