Section: 2 Grundsjön-Östafors

You walk along forestry tracks and footpaths over Ryssberget, through hilly woodland and a few stony pastures. Look out over red cottages and a fossil kingdom. You make camp by a fishing lake and rushing rapids.

Whitewater at Östafors camp.<br />
                                    Photo: Jenny BrandtAdmire rare ferns at Östafors camp.<br />
                                    Photo: Jenny BrandtSkåneleden passes several streams and watercourses.<br />
                                    Photo: Johan Hammar
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You walk along forestry tracks and footpaths over Ryssberget, through hilly woodland and a few stony pastures. Look out over red cottages and a fossil kingdom. You make camp by a fishing lake and rushing rapids.

Nature

This section takes you along small roads through the extensive woodlands on the ridge. Stop and look out over the Näsumsdalen valley. 80 million years ago, there was a bay here, in which the dinosaur Scaniasaurus and the lizard-like Mosasaurus swam. Fossils from these creatures have been found in the area.
The view to the east stretches out over red-painted houses and the historic landscape of Drögsperyd.
North of Drögsperyd you follow footpaths over the stony slope of the ridge. You pass by species rich beech woodland and small pastures.
The Trail leaves the ridge and you quickly come to the camp site at Östafors (Östa rapids). As the name suggests, there are rapids next to the shelter. The River Holjeån divides into two stretches of rapids here, framed by rounded ridges and rich in species. Keep an eye out for grey wagtail and kingfisher.

Cultural History

Just east of the camp site at Östafors you walk along a stretch which is a cycle track; the Banvallleden Trail. This originates from the railway line which passed here, between Sölvesborg and Älmhult. It was primarily granite that was transported from the quarry in Örkened.
There was once a whole industrial area and houses around the rapids at Östafors. There was once a sawmill, a blacksmith, a number of flour mills, a power station and a nail factory here.

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