Section: 13 Bjärabygget - Koarp

Follow footpaths and small roads on the Hallandsåsen ridge, along the historical border between Sweden and Denmark. It is important to keep your eyes open on the Trail. The terrain, female giants and caves can take you by surprise.

Hiking in the fall<br />
                                    Photo: Jenny BrandtCoffee break<br />
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Follow footpaths and small roads on the Hallandsåsen ridge, along the historical border between Sweden and Denmark. It is important to keep your eyes open on the Trail. The terrain, female giants and caves can take you by surprise.

Nature

You walk through a sparsely populated area along this section. Gravel roads provide easy walking covered at a fast pace, but along stony paths and up steep slopes, the lactic acid stings in your legs. There is the odd stretch where you walk on boardwalks and through pastures with grazing animals.
You walk up onto the Hallandsåsen ridge. The ridge shot up in height in connection with a powerful collision between Europe and Africa around 80 million years ago. At that time Skåne was covered in a shallow sea and the sea bed was shaken by earthquakes.
The mouth of the cave called Snibe Stuga has collapsed, but inside there is a three metre high cavity. In a text from the 1700s, it was described that the cave was large enough to house 20-30 people. It was probably created at the end of the last ice age. The melt waters seeped down into the cold bedrock, re-froze and cracked the rock.
When you have walked past the cave and the steep slopes, heathland with a view and huge quantities of cowberry await you.
On the southern slopes of the Hallandsåsen ridge there are several deep ravines. The most impressive is Trollehallar with the much talked-about hidden stables of the pro-Danish partisans. At Stavershult nearby there are eskers, hills and terraces created by melt-water rivers formed when the glaciers melted.
At Koarp the Skåneleden Trail merges with the Hallandsleden Trail.

Cultural History

At the wetland called Store Ömosse, peat was harvested for fuel and bedding for animals. You can see long, narrow channels (turbaries) and the remaining peat banks when you walk across the wetland.
At Björsåsa-Bälinge Nature Reserve, you can see how a large part of the ridge once looked. There were only scattered trees, grazing animals and the heather cover was extensive. To keep the heather growth fresh and tasty, the ground was burned at regular intervals. 
The cave called Snibe Stuga was said to have been home to a female giant and more recently a soldier during the war in Skåne.
Adjacent to the Trail, on the border between Skåne and Halland, there is a huge boulder called Bockasten. It was once an important boundary marker between Denmark and Sweden.

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