Section: 16 Båstad - Knösen

On the lush northerly slopes of the Hallandsåsen ridge you can discover geological formations and a tennis mecca. Heaven is close at hand here, at least for those that like to immerse themselves in extensive views, gardens, art and different types of handicrafts.

Photo: Jenny Brandt<br />
                                    Photo: Jenny Brandt<br />
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On the lush northerly slopes of the Hallandsåsen ridge you can discover geological formations and a tennis mecca. Heaven is close at hand here, at least for those that like to immerse themselves in extensive views, gardens, art and different types of handicrafts.

Nature

Roads and a shore promenade take you through Båstad. A bit to the east, the River Stensån winds its way through species rich woodlands and fens.
Keep your eyes out for harbour seals when you walk along the cycle tracks along the coast. They often haul up and rest on the rocks that stick up out of the water close to the shore.
When you turn inland you can continue to Småryd, a few kilometres from the Trail. This offers a Mediterranean feel with views over the sea and the very winding Italian road
The northern slope of the ridge has unusually good growing conditions and you walk past Norrviken Garden and a woodland with orchids by the entrance.
Leave the tarmac and head uphill on a winding path. You soon reach Englandsdals Nature Reserve, a geologically interesting site with grazing animals. There are deep ravines with 30 metre high cliff walls, scree slopes and a stream which has eroded a deep cleft in the ground.
The last stretch follows a winding road through an open and hilly landscape with lovely views.

Cultural History

The name Båstad comes from "Botstaedae" (place for boats). King Kristian I had heard about all the oaks on the ridge, suitable for ship building. In 1450 he bought the land and had a harbour built with associated town and church. If you want to see the older parts of the town, then Agardhsgatan, the square and the harbour are good choices.
When you travel through the town, you pass by several interesting historical sites. The Galta stones were erected in the Iron Age but the stories about the stones, the ousted king and his horses originate from the middle ages.
By the harbour you walk past the tennis centre and a couple of blocks further on, there is a tennis museum. In the 1930s and 40s, Båstad became synonymus with tennis around the world and class players such as Borg, Wilander and Edberg have all played here.
The town of Båstad is also associated with the weaver Märta Måås-Fjetterström and slippers.
A long narrow bank covered in cannons is Båstad fortress. Attacking Russians were frightened away from here in 1788.

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