Section: 12A Lärkesholm-Grytåsa

This section takes you close to urban areas and out into open farming countryside, but has nevertheless beautiful hilly woodland. There are plenty of lakes, rushing water and a unique grazed woodland. Signs along the way tell you more.

The Skåneleden trail passes through Grytåsa Recreation Area. <br />
                                    Photo: Johan HammarThe trail passes through pasture land, but don't be afraid -the cows are friendly.<br />
                                    Photo: Jenny BrandtThe trail passes several watercourses, don't forget to paus and enjoy the view!<br />
                                    Photo: Jenny BrandtA ridge at Grytåsa Recreation Area.<br />
                                    Photo: Johan Hammar
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This section takes you close to urban areas and out into open farming countryside, but has nevertheless beautiful hilly woodland. There are plenty of lakes, rushing water and a unique grazed woodland. Signs along the way tell you more.

Nature

You walk on footpaths alongside clear lakes through Lärkesholm recreation area. You follow a ridge through beech woodland and, in damper areas, plants such as yellow archangel and alternate-leaved golden saxifrage grow.
You pass under the E4 motorway, come closer to urban areas and the service station of Skåneporten. Then you follow Lake Hjelmsjön where you can go fishing or swimming.
Along footpaths, boardwalks and across bridges, you walk through the ravine along the meandering River Pinnån; sometimes with the water rushing at your feet, sometimes on the ridge with a view over the river. You go through pastures and "rainforest" with lots of unusual plants such as the royal fern, great butterfly orchid and the bramble species endemic to the area, Rubus nessensis ssp. scissoides.
A leafy cycle track takes you up the hill of Lyckstaberg and to a view, then on towards the centre and round the medieval church and Lake Prästsjön.
Along small roads you travel south to Grytåsa recreation area. Here you walk over a pointy ridge with a view over Lake Flinkasjö, which is becoming overgrown. Just a bit further on from the crossroads, you can find one of the finest grazed woodlands in Skåne called Möllers skog. A winding path takes you on over smaller esters and along the edge of the stream called Flinkabäcken.

Cultural History

South of Lake Lärkesholmssjön there is a traditional rural landscape which is unique in Skåne. Here there are hundreds of clearance cairns, long, narrow small fields and terraces.
At the mouth of the River Pinnån, the remains of a settlement from the Stone Age have been discovered. The surrounding area has been used for hay cutting and grazing since then and the pasture you walk through is a remnant from that time.
You pass mills with ponds, close to the old iron works and Lyckstaberg where the fortress of Örknaliung was thought to have stood, which was taken over and burned in 1316.
On the outskirts of the housing area at Vången you can find Örkelljunga skansar defences. They were created at the order of Field Marshall Gustaf Otto Stenbock whilst waiting for reinforcements in 1657. Just to the west you can find the remains of more fortifications.

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