Section: 9 Verum - Vittsjö

There is a variety of woodland, pastures, water courses and lakes along this section. You wander along footpaths alongside the water and on narrow roads to the spa. You pass peaked eskers, flour mills and a sawmill. Fishing and canoeing options available for more aquatic adventures.

The trail passes by well-preserved Gundrastorps flour mill.<br />
                                    Photo: Jenny BrandtThe section goes along rivers, rapids and waterfalls.<br />
                                    Photo: Jenny BrandtBring the dog -the perfect hiking companion.<br />
                                    Photo: Johan Hammar
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There is a variety of woodland, pastures, water courses and lakes along this section. You wander along footpaths alongside the water and on narrow roads to the spa. You pass peaked eskers, flour mills and a sawmill. Fishing and canoeing options available for more aquatic adventures.

Nature

The River Vieån, which runs parallel with the Trail, is naturally meandering, with lovely wet meadows and trees along the banks. At Mölleröd there are rapids, a waterfall and a number of parallel eskers.
The river is important for fish, mussels and birds, and there are interesting plants in the surrounding area.
You soon leave the valley and the view, along paths which lead you through varied woodland to the lake system of Vittsjö. The path winds its way between the lakes, up onto dry ridges and across wet areas close to the water.
At Gundrastorp the route goes through pastures and along a winding road through a traditional environment. A path leads you over the impressive Ubbalt eskers, through beech woodland and along the shore of Lake Vittsjön. Large quantities of iron ore drop down on the lake bed and you can sift out clumps from the sand.

Cultural History

The wet meadows, which are periodically flooded by the River Vieån, have been cut for hay and grazed over a long period of time. The power of the water has also been used and by the inflow of the river there are well-preserved treasures, Ekholmen sawmill and Gundrastorps flour mill.
At Ubbalt evidence of medieval iron ore refining has been found.  The iron ore or hematite was scraped up from the lake bottom and was melted in kilns. The lumps were transported along lakes and rivers. The iron was valuable and in order to protect it, several fortresses were built such as Vittsjöborg and Skeingeborg.
Vittsjö was a spa resort with pensions and rest homes during the end of the 1800s. Previously it was the hinterland between Denmark and Sweden. Vittsjö fortress and memorial stones remind us of warring times and when King Gustav II Adolf fell through the ice.

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