Section: 12 Lärkesholm – Bjärabygget

Along footpaths, small roads and kilometres of boardwalk you pass through broadleaved woodlands and barren wetlands. You pass along important transportation routes; as important today as in the past. The proximity to civilisation provides plenty of home comforts.

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Along footpaths, small roads and kilometres of boardwalk you pass through broadleaved woodlands and barren wetlands. You pass along important transportation routes; as important today as in the past. The proximity to civilisation provides plenty of home comforts.

Nature

Here you walk along the shore of Lake Lärkesholmsjön and through beech woodland rich in fungi. You pass the E4 motorway via a tunnel and you walk along wide paths around Lake Åstorpssjön. The route takes you through damp broadleaved woodlands. 
You quickly come on to the Hallandsåsen ridge, but first look out for the rock wall on the outskirts of Åsljunga. Water constantly trickles over the rock face and unusual lichens thrive. A footpath takes you up the steep slope to the look-out point and the running track at Åsljungagården.
After a stretch of road past farms and open pastures you are faced with a couple of kilometres of walking along boardwalks. The plants on the bog live off the precipitation that falls and their surroundings are barren. Plants such as common cotton grass, bogbean and bog asphodel grow here. Sometimes black grouse and capercaillie display here.

Cultural History

The Lärkesholm estate has an exciting history. One of the owners, who still has an impact today is Anders von Reiser who lived in the 1700s. He left his fortune for a school, a library and for poor people and this has provided the basis for the current recreation area.
One of Skåne's largest and most well preserved fossil field areas lies just south of the lake. Vangamöllan, the estate mill with associated pond is situated by the adjacent water course.
On the road to Lake Åsljungasjön you pass the old Kungsvägen (King's highway) and just adjacent the "deceitful" hills. Gangs of robbers waited here to take advantage of exhausted travellers.
Close by you can find a milestone with the inscription ½ M (Half a Swedish Mile, which was equivalent to approximately 10 km). These milestones were put up when the state was responsible for providing transport and accommodation for all travellers. Every twenty kilometres there should be an inn where people and horses could rest and eat.

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