Section: 12 Höghult - Krankesjön

The Trail takes you along small roads, an abandoned railway line and footpaths passing through small woodlands and open arable and pasture landscape on the slopes of Vombsänkan. The history of the area is written in the landscape here; bridges in abundance and a well preserved poor house to visit. Hjularöd ”Knight’s castle” is surrounded by broadleaved woodland with large oak and ash trees.

View of Krankesjön lake<br />
                                    Photo: Kenneth JoelssonHarlösa church<br />
                                    Photo: Kenneth JoelssonHjularöd castle<br />
                                    Photo: Kenneth Joelsson
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The Trail takes you along small roads, an abandoned railway line and footpaths passing through small woodlands and open arable and pasture landscape on the slopes of Vombsänkan. The history of the area is written in the landscape here; bridges in abundance and a well preserved poor house to visit. Hjularöd ”Knight’s castle” is surrounded by broadleaved woodland with large oak and ash trees.

Nature

Here you walk along the slopes of Vombsänkan, with a liberating view across open countryside and lakes. You come across an area near Hjularöd Castle with older broadleaved woodland and high nature conservation values. One and a half kilometres from the castle, there are some very exclusive species such as grey sedge, the grass lesser hairy brome, the stonecrop Sedum telephium and naturalised bushes of downy rose.
Climb down into the grazed ravine, where the stream is lined with the brittle rock type shale. South of Harlösa you go over the bridge over the River Kävlingeån. The river has had a lot of problems with human waste and eutrophication but is now being restored by cleaning ponds and wetlands.
Follow the abandoned, but "blooming" railway line southwest of Harlösa, which is decked with carpets of flowers such dwarf everlasting. Warm-loving insects and reptiles also thrive here.

Cultural History

Hjularöd Castle is not open to the public, but you can admire it when you pass by. It originates from the 1300s but the current building in Romantic Medieval style was built as recently as the end of the 1800s. The castle was the inspiration for the Swedish Christmas television programme called "Greveholm" in 1996.
You also pass by the associated poor house; Harlösa Donationshus. It was built in 1823-24 as an old people's home for employees at Hjularöd.
Harlösa Church dates from the latter part of the 1100s and Harlösa became a county in its own right in the 1500s.
Along this section, there are several interesting bridges. This includes one of the oldest stone arched bridges in Skåne and a riveted iron railway bridge. It was the railway which turned Harlösa village into a flourishing station community. No less than five railway lines converged here. The station, built in Art Nouveau style, was opened in 1907.

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