Section: 1 Sölvesborg-Grundsjön

Along small footpaths and roads you walk up onto Ryssberget. There is lots of woodland here and an extensive view over Listerlandet and stones from an ancient ice lake.

Hike on the wooded Ryssberget<br />
                                    Photo: Jenny BrandtAdmire the open views from Ryssberget<br />
                                    Photo: Jenny BrandtWhat do you bing in your packed lunch? Everything tastes better outdoors.<br />
                                    Photo: Johan Hammar
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Along small footpaths and roads you walk up onto Ryssberget. There is lots of woodland here and an extensive view over Listerlandet and stones from an ancient ice lake.

Nature

The section starts by the station at Sölvesborg and leads you out of the town and up towards Ryssberget. You walk along forestry roads and stony footpaths through broadleaved woodland, past a view over Listerlandet, and on towards Ryssbergsstugan cottage.
Shingle banks with rounded pebbles by the edge of the path indicate where the shoreline of the Baltic Ice Lake was, 12 000 years ago.
Ryssberget is a horst which rises up to 150 metres above sea level. The counties of Skåne and Blekinge meet on the ridge, and this is also the location of the largest beech woodland in Blekinge.
The walk continues upwards through spruce plantations along forestry roads. Closer to Lake Grundsjön the countryside changes in character and slopes with species rich beech woodland line the Trail.  Some of the areas are classified as woodland key habitats.

Cultural History

This section of the Skåneleden Trail is one of the oldest and was established in the autumn of 1978.
Look to the east and keep an eye out for Gammalstorp Church. Up until the beginning of the 1900s, it lay on an island in Lake Vesan. Prior to this, there was a church dating from the 1100s and even further back in time, there was a heathen cult site here. The associated village was on the mainland. The level of Lake Vesan was drained to create agricultural land.

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