Section: 11 Hårsjö – Lärkesholm

This section offers easy walking along small roads through the dense woodlands and mires of northern Skåne. Discover the remains of the small-scale cultivated fields and the lord of the manor’s fish cultivation. Go fishing in the cleanest fishing waters.

Photo: Jenny Brandt<br />
                                    Photo: Jenny Brandt<br />
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This section offers easy walking along small roads through the dense woodlands and mires of northern Skåne. Discover the remains of the small-scale cultivated fields and the lord of the manor’s fish cultivation. Go fishing in the cleanest fishing waters.

Nature

Large parts of this section follow small roads through a landscape rich in woodlands, mires and lakes. The camp site at Hårsjö is surrounded by dense woodland without even a glimpse of the lake.
The footpath leads you past Tidemanstorp lined with planted woodland and ditches. To the south, the mire of Fäjemyr extends out and plants such as bottle sedge, bog asphodel and common cotton grass grow on the mire.
At Änglarp you have a clear view over hills, plateaux and flat gravel areas. These were formed at the mouth of the rivers from the melting ice thousands of years ago. These glaciofluvial sediments are unusually clear to see.
Forestry tracks and roads lead you to one of the cleanest fishing waters in Skåne; Lake Värsjön. It contains noble crayfish and rare algae and aquatic plants. By the lake you can also see black throated divers and ospreys fishing.
The last stretch takes you into Lärkesholm recreation area. To the east you walk through spruce plantations but when you get nearer to the heart of the site and Lake Lärkesholmssjön you find lovely broadleaved woodland. From the campsite you have a view over the valuable lake, rich in fish, dragonflies, damselflies and birds.

Cultural History

Along this section you walk from the village of Hårsjö, largely owned by the Hovdala estate, past an area with lots of crofts, to the Lärkesholm estate.
East of Hårsjö you walk past the remains of Kristen's Mill. Here there was a flour mill, sawmill and power station driven by the stream. Note the now dry channel by the rock face.
The traditional croft at Tidemanstorp is typical of the area; built of wood, unpainted and with small windows. The croft is looked after by a local history society.
To the west, you walk past several ruins of the homes where very poor crofters lived. Augusta's croft had such large gaps in the walls that both hens and hedgehogs could walk in and out without a problem. By the side of Augusta's you can find the croft's well.
Closer to Lärkesholm you come across several ruined crofts associated with the estate and banks from fish cultivation. Here there were some fifty ponds with carp and an oven which warmed the water. Linnaeus described the landowner as a "incomparable genius" in 1749.

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