Section: 7 Glimåkra-Osby

Along small roads and the odd footpath you walk through idyllic rural countryside and woodland. Signs describe the life of a crofter and the power of the water. To the west there is a “holy” river with ancient industries. Stop at Sissa’s cottage and Hönjarum fort.

Hike on cozy country roads.<br />
                                    Photo: Jenny BrandtHike between Trollabackarna and Klinten.<br />
                                    Photo: Jenny BrandtThe trail is marked with orange.<br />
                                    Photo: Johan Hammar
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Along small roads and the odd footpath you walk through idyllic rural countryside and woodland. Signs describe the life of a crofter and the power of the water. To the west there is a “holy” river with ancient industries. Stop at Sissa’s cottage and Hönjarum fort.

Nature

A footpath leads you through the woodlands of Trollabackarna and along small roads you pass the small-scale farming area in the west. You walk straight into history at Rumperöd. The old crofting environment also has unusually high nature conservation values. Plants such as melancholy thistle, dropwort and heath bedstraw grow in the pastures and rare mosses, lichens and fungi grow on the old trees.
After a stretch through hilly woodland, the landscape opens up again and small pastures and fields line the trail. West of Snöarp you turn off into a hilly spruce woodland. Keep an eye out for the open hill with Sissa's cottage and spring.
Just to the south you come across the River Helge å, on its way from Småland to the east coast of Skåne. Along the river you bump into the metre-high royal fern and several woodland key habitats.
The last stretch takes you past cottages and a camp site; a camping place with protection from the wind can be found on the slope by Lake Osbysjön. The lake is a good place for birds to rest up and the viewing tower at Näset is a good place to watch them from.

Cultural History

There are a couple of well-preserved old timber cottages to visit along this section; Måns Backstuga at Trollabackarna and Sissa's Stuga west of Snöarp.
The River Helge å has been the life blood for people over a long period of time. The river has been used for transportation, washing and the power of the water has been used by industries. Close to Genastorp you can find an authentic industrial environment and ruins.
By Göta bruk (factory) there was once a mill, papermill and from the end of the 1800s a factory which made knives and axes. In the middle of the village you pass an historic monument, once Strömsborgs Färgeri- och Ullspinneri (wool-spinning mill). There is a museum here today.
Between these industrial monuments, you walk alongside the remains of a diatomite factory. This was in production from the second half of the 1800s. Diatomite comes from the shell of an algae, which needs to be cleaned, crushed and mixed to make dynamite.
North of the river there is a small hill that is worth a visit, it is a fortification called Hönjarums Skans. It was built in the 1670s.

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