Section: 1 Hårsjö-Olastorp

On forestry tracks and winding footpaths you pass through the old stomping grounds of the pro-Danish Partisans. There is hardly a house in sight, but the stories are many and the ruins hidden in the vegetation.

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On forestry tracks and winding footpaths you pass through the old stomping grounds of the pro-Danish Partisans. There is hardly a house in sight, but the stories are many and the ruins hidden in the vegetation.

Nature

This short section takes you through woodland on hilly ground, primarily planted spruce woodland. There are small streams and wet ground here and there, which gives the route a slightly wilder character. Closer to Olastorp there are grazed broadleaved woodlands and open glades.
The camp site at Olastorp has a dream location - by an open beech woodland with a gentle stream running just down the hill. There is a pasture adjacent and two springs.

Cultural History

Hårsjö is surrounded by wetland, but the ridge known as Jären runs through the village. You could keep your feet dry by travelling along the main road along the top of the ridge. This place was well suited for attacks and it was said that a Pro-Danish Partisan group had their headquarters here in the 1600s.
Part of the village of Hårsjö and Olastorp were owned by Hovdala Fidei Commissum (local trust). The estates delivered timber for the manor house when it was built and the Family Ehrenborg and their guests hunted in the woodlands.
You pass several ruins along this section. The majority were once crofts with associated earth cellars and flax ovens. Others are larger complexes originating from water mills and steam sawmills, such as Pettsa Mill by Olastorp camp site.
The discrete ruin of an old cottage is not more than a shallow hole in the ground. The cottage was partly subterranean, only the southern part was above ground. These partly subterranean cottages were accommodation for the poor and common in the 1800s.

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