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
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
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
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
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