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The Old Post Road, Hegrestad to Holland Bru

The Old Post Road is a 7km trail between Hegrestad and Holland Bru through lovely barren mountain terrain with several pretty lakes. The landscape here is very unusual due to the rare anortosite rock found in this area.
This area is in south Rogaland, north of Egersund and just south of the Jaeren farmland area.

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undulating trail The trail is good for walkers and fit cyclists. It is not suitable for prams and pushchairs because of the steep gradients and soft road surface.

The Post Road became part of the Western Highway from 1843. The command from Denmark, with no consideration given to the terrain, was that it should be built as straight as possible. Cars had to go dangerously fast, breaking all speed limits, down the hills in order to get up the next hill! The road was closed at the end of the 1930s. A new road was built during the war using forced labour.
Note: Using train as transport, the walk is 10km between Hellvik and Ogna stations.
Map reference:
Rogaland Fylkeskart (scale 1: 200 000): 202 886 to 150 904
By car:
Drive south from Stavanger on E39, take RV42 exit to Egersund then right on RV44 (back towards Stavanger) for 20km to Hegrestad.

Beside Hegrestad farms at start of trail

By train:
Local train from Stavanger to Hellvik and back from Ogna.

Distance from Stavanger: 80 km

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unusual barren landscape
the lake near Hegrestad Travel time from Stavanger:
1.5 hours by car
Duration of the visit:
Full day
Small car park
Kids verdict:
Not interesting.
See also:
Brusand beach 
Hellvik to Egersund walk and cycle track
Hotel booking south of Stavanger (Jaeren, Dalene)
Hotel booking in the Stavanger area
Hotels in Sørlandet West (Flekkefjord, Mandal)
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