Section: 17 Knösen - Torekov

Footpaths lead you through the fairy-tale landscape of Hovs Hallar with cliffs and rocky outcrops. Across grazed coastal meadows, shingle beaches and past unusual pools and graves.

Beautiful views by the sea at Hovs Hallar.<br />
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Footpaths lead you through the fairy-tale landscape of Hovs Hallar with cliffs and rocky outcrops. Across grazed coastal meadows, shingle beaches and past unusual pools and graves.

Nature

You walk through woodland and across coastal meadows on small paths, with windswept bushes and stones in abundance.
At Hovs Hallar, the Hallandsåsen ridge meets the sea. It is made of red-ish gneiss with amphibolite embedded in it, which was created when the magma forced its way up through the bedrock. The water has shaped the rock and you pass stacks and caves.
The coastal meadows extend out to the west of Hovs Hallar. They have been grazed for a long, long time and a very special flora and fauna has developed.
Sometime you pass over areas of shingle with obvious banks from the ancient sea; Litorine Sea.
At Sänkudde you walk past Lake Ilasjön. There are interesting plants by the pool such as the insect trapping common butterwort and on spring evenings you can hear the loud warbling sound of the natterjack toad.
North of the golf course there is one of the most botanically interesting sites on Bjäre. There are rare sedges and flowers growing here, including the red flowering variety of waterlily.

Cultural History

From the top of Hovs Hallar you can look down on the area of shingle called Smygeslätt where the remains of posts from an old fishing village can be seen. West of the restaurant you walk past large boulders with bowl-shaped hollows.
It was common for ships to run aground along the coast here. The local villagers took away all the bolts and let the sea divide up what was left, after which an auction was held on the beach. After a while a wreck company was formed at Segeltorpsstranden. They took care of the wrecks, towed them to Segeltorp and auctioned out the parts.
New ships were also built here. Between 1829 and 1848 ships were built south of Sänkudde. The large boulders Stora and Lilla Ringasten, where the boats were moored can be seen in the water.
The coastal meadows were the common grazing land for the village. Heifers, sheep and geese were grazed. The villagers were allowed to collect as much seaweed as they liked and take it home to use as fertiliser for the poor soils.
The footpath soon turns in between Gröthögarna, eight burial cairns in a row. This is an unusual constellation in Skåne.

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