Billnäs nature path and bridge crossing the river
A new nature and culture path called Culture path has been opened in Billnäs Village! The path takes you through the beautiful scenery of Pumpviken to Billnäs, but also familiarizes you with the eventful history and culture of the area. There are nine information signs along the route in total, and the material has been compiled by historians Kim Björklund and Aapo Roselius.
The highlight of the route is the new bridge built over the Svartån river right next to the fishway in the dam. The bridge has a vantage point from which you can admire the village in all its beauty, and perhaps even spot a fish climbing up the fishway during migration season! The information sign on the bridge teaches visitors about the efforts made to restore the population of freshwater pearl mussels in Svartån, and of the work being done to ease the journey of migratory fish up the river.
The history of Billnäs Village reaches nearly 400 years back in time. The industries of the village have in the past produced everything from iron bars to furniture and exotic fruits, and the signs of the lively industrial history are still clearly visible. One of the aims of the new path is to familiarize the visitors of the historical significance of their idyllic surroundings.
The path is suitable for both bikers and hikers. Billnäs is also a part of Raseborg’s new city bike network, so the path can easily be linked with for example the beautiful Railbank route reaching all the way to Åminnefors and Fiskars. There are also several resting points with tables and chairs along the route.
The opportunities of nature lovers in Billnäs are expanding, as this summer there’s a chance to rent a fat bike, an electric bike or a kayak from the village. Biking opportunities around Billnäs are numerous, and Svartån river offers wonderful scenery for paddlers.