Section: 8 Osby-Verum

This section takes you through housing areas and past the railway, across wetland and into a hilly woodland. You pass by a holy river, the Kristus Stone and Verum Church.

Hike alongside the country road in Verum.<br />
                                    Photo: Jenny BrandtThe trail passes Verums church.<br />
                                    Photo: Jenny BrandtGet close with Skåne's flora and fauna on Skåneleden trail, Klockljung.<br />
                                    Photo: Johan Hammar
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This section takes you through housing areas and past the railway, across wetland and into a hilly woodland. You pass by a holy river, the Kristus Stone and Verum Church.

Nature

You walk across Gullarp wetland along a road bank with gnarly birch trees, hare's tail cotton grass and cloudberry. Gravel roads lead you past hilly pastures, a river and huge boulders that have been transported by the ice. To the west, woodland takes over and you follow winding footpaths.
The asphalt road takes you across the river Helge å and the meadows of Hörlinge lie before you. The meadows have been cut for hay and grazed for a long, long time and are rich in both plants and birds. There is a platform and outdoor museum here, as well as the Vieåleden walk in summer.
The journey west takes you mostly along paths through spruce plantations. At Horsaskog there is the odd pasture here and there and the closer you get to Verum the more open the landscape becomes. At the village you have a view over the River Vieån and the valley. The river is narrow and naturally meandering with valuable wet meadows and trees along the banks providing shade. At Mölleröd there are rapids and waterfalls where the water gets oxygenated. Both fish and mussels thrive in the river and the small grey wagtail bird nests here. There is also an unusually interesting flora around the river.

Cultural History

At Gullarps Mosse wetland you can see peat pits and road banks from where peat has been extracted to be used for fuel in the 1940s.
Several of the large boulders in the area have been used as boundary markers and you can see the fences which run over them. Some have been given names, such as Kristusstenen (The Christ Stone). This is the place where the Viking chief called Ilje died when he was struck by lightning which also split the boulder. Look into the cleft, the inside of the stone is shaped like a Jesus figure tied to a crucifix.
To east of the River Helge å there are the remains of a fort, a fortification that was probably built during the war in Skåne in 1675-79.
The area is rich in tar kilns and at Hästberga power station there is a very good example. Pine wood was burned and the tar ran down to the bottom of the kiln. The burning took several days and needed to be watched over the whole time.
The church on the hill at Verum dates from the 1200s and on the visitor list you can find everyone from pro-Danish partisans to Linnaeus.

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