Section: 3A Bökestad - Lerjevallen

On this little detour, you proceed through dense woodland, down into a ravine and, if you wish, into an abandoned village. Keep an eye out for sparkling stones; rock quartzite.

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On this little detour, you proceed through dense woodland, down into a ravine and, if you wish, into an abandoned village. Keep an eye out for sparkling stones; rock quartzite.

Nature

From one of the most beautifully located camp sites at Bökestad, you walk along a narrow stretch of land between two lakes. Hilly footpaths and forestry tracks take you on through woodland, occasionally spiced with a beautiful view over clear lakes and scattered boulders.
In the heart of the area is the highlight of this walk. Broadleaved woodland, small streams and the narrow ravine called Kastagropen.
Close by you can find the sparkling rock quartzite. This section passes over a seam of this rock type.
On the last stretch to the camp site at Lerjevallen, you walk along footpaths and forestry roads through lots of beech woodland.

Cultural History

In the past, huge quantities of timber were transported through Lake Raslången. The floating timber was steered by raftsmen using oars.
Southwest of Raslången there are several quarries where quartzite was mined. The stone is easy to cleave into slices, but difficult to split along its length. It was used to make sharpening stones for scythes, mill stones and further back in time to make glass. Close by, there were two glass factories in the 1500 and 1600s. Many doorsteps and gateposts in the area are made of quartzite.
Kastagropen was thought to be a hideout for pro-Danish partisans and a rocky outcrop was called the Predikstolen (The Sermon Stool) and was used by the pro-Danish partisan leader called Lille Mats.
To the east of Kastagropen there are the remains of a pit, which is thought to have been used for trapping wolves and to the west lies the "Dead Village". On the hill here, amongst the trees and bushes, you can find lots of ruins. At the beginning of the 1900s, there were 27 farms and crofts here. The village was called Spångabro.

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