Section: 10 Hörby Ringsjöstrand-Rövarekulan

You walk along cycle tracks and footpaths alongside the second largest lake in Skåne, through the charming Pinedalen valley and major crossroads of Rolsberga. Keep your eye out for Kungskälla and the enclosure with exotic animals. Camp at the oasis of Rövarekulan.

Skåneleden passes several streams and watercourses.<br />
                                    Photo: Johan Hammar
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You walk along cycle tracks and footpaths alongside the second largest lake in Skåne, through the charming Pinedalen valley and major crossroads of Rolsberga. Keep your eye out for Kungskälla and the enclosure with exotic animals. Camp at the oasis of Rövarekulan.

Nature

Here, you walk along the strip between the coastal woodland and arable fields, with views over Lake Ringsjön. The journey then takes you on through the undulating Pinan valley with broadleaved woodland and grazed pastures. Here you can find a spring with a history. Pass the E22 motorway and reach the lush and species rich Rövarkulan valley. The narrow valley contains 400 million year old shale.
The camp site at Rövarekulan in the open beech woodland is lovely in itself, but following the footpath down into the ravine, along streams and rivers, is a first class nature experience. Especially in the spring.

 

Cultural History

The area around Lake Ringsjön has been inhabited since the Stone Age and the farm/village name of Bo (meaning to live) is one of the absolute oldest. It is said that the lake was created by the giant named Finn, and at Finnhult, alongside the Skåneleden Trail, is said to be where he sat down to have a rest.
You follow an abandoned railway embankment along Lake Ringsjön, and by the old station at Fogdarp, there is the pump house which increased the pressure for the steam trains. The hollows in the ground at Lunnarna are abandoned clay pits associated with the brick factory.
When you go through the Pinedalen Valley you come across a simple memorial stone. It marks the place where an unusually well preserved Bronze Age treasure was found. The Pinedalen Valley otherwise, had an undeservedly bad reputation. During the 1400s, a moot (a place where local people met to settle their differences) was established called Birke ting. Kungsvägen passed this way and carriages were robbed from time to time. Much later, poor people were allowed to graze their animals in this inaccessible valley. Closer to Gudmuntorp you can visit the Kungskällan (the King's Spring). It was given its name in the first half of the 1800s, after a visit by King Carl XIV Johan. The author Esaias Tegnér also visited this place.
At the bottom of Rövarkulans Valley you go over an impressive bridge, built by a count to enhance the valley.

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