Section: 3 Östafors-Bökestad

Along this section, you walk along footpaths and boardwalks through beautiful countryside. Remote and rich in woodlands and water. Bubbling rapids and a lake system, which has, to say the least, a very irregular form.

Meet the silence at the forests by Bökestad.<br />
                                    Photo: Jenny BrandtThe tranquility settles at Lake Raslången.<br />
                                    Photo: Jenny BrandtPause and enjoy the view of the lake.<br />
                                    Photo: Jenny BrandtPhoto: Johan Hammar
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Along this section, you walk along footpaths and boardwalks through beautiful countryside. Remote and rich in woodlands and water. Bubbling rapids and a lake system, which has, to say the least, a very irregular form.

Nature

The camp site at Östafors is surrounded by rushing rapids, eskers and a species rich woodland. The rare royal fern grows here.
Follow footpaths and forestry roads through hilly broadleaved woodland and over fences into a grazed woodland. A narrow boardwalk leads you across wet woodland and suddenly you have passed over the border into Blekinge.
On a winding footpath you are led back into Skåne. Between the trees you catch a glimpse of the long, narrow and very irregular lake known as Lake Raslången.
Along a narrow stretch of land you walk between Lake Raslången and the small Lake Nejlikesjön. In the summer, the smell of bog myrtle rises up as you pass by.
One of the most beautifully positioned camp sites along the Skåneleden Trail is at Bökestad. A walking trail and a canoe trail cross here and the camp site has lots of visitors.
The silence is really noticeable along this section and you are surrounded only by the sounds of nature.

Cultural History

There was once a whole industrial area with associated housing surrounding the rapids at Östafors. There was a sawmill, a blacksmith, a number of flour mills, a power station and a nail factory here.
A wooden cross next to the Trail reminds us of a duel between a pair of twins a long, long time age; they both had perfect aim. The other cross is a couple of hundred metres to the southeast.
The Skåneleden and Blekingeleden Trails converge along this section.
At the county boundary between Skåne and Blekinge, there are some charcoal kilns. Charcoal production was an important source of income and smoking kilns were a common sight in the woodland. For the untrained eye, they are hard to spot.
Huge quantities of timber were transported through Lake Raslången. The wood was steered by raftsmen using oars.

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