Section: 13 A Skrylleslingan

The Trail follows footpaths through a well-used recreation area, which contains exercise facilities and a restaurant. The circular route follows undulating eskers, covered in woodland and pastures. There are sandstone areas shaped by the waves, sunken roads, mutated beech trees and unusual campsites. .

Photo: Naturrum SkrylleTwisted beech trees<br />
                                    Photo: Kenneth JoelssonA view of Revingehed<br />
                                    Photo: Kenneth Joelsson
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The Trail follows footpaths through a well-used recreation area, which contains exercise facilities and a restaurant. The circular route follows undulating eskers, covered in woodland and pastures. There are sandstone areas shaped by the waves, sunken roads, mutated beech trees and unusual campsites. .

Nature

You walk along footpaths and running tracks through beech woodland, pastures and over eskers. Many of the sites are protected as nature reserves. When you walk through the pastures at Skrylle, you can enjoy the extensive view, and the small plants. Silver grey pasque flower in the spring and later, leopard's bane and dwarf everlasting. In the wetter areas you can find mountain everlasting, common milkwort and several species of orchid.
Both Prästaskogen and Gryteskog are beautiful woodland areas. The latter site contains Trollskogen (the Magical Woodland) where small twisted trees seem to creep out from underground and divide up into strange twisting and hanging branches. These remarkable trees are dwarf beech, a mutation of common beech.
Adjacent to the Trail, Bergqvists quarry contains wave marks from an ancient sea, created some 570 million years ago.

Cultural History

"Skrölleskogen" , at what is now known as Skrylle was a large woodland with beech and oak up until the 1600s. The need for firewood, timber and grazing for livestock meant that the area was ravaged and in 1799 there was only heather grazing and the odd planted enclosure. You pass by the remains of the original woodland at Prästaskog and Gryteskog.
The beech woodland at Knivsåsen originates from a planted enclosure. Such enclosures were created in the area, at the end of the 1600s, to ensure the regeneration of the woodland.
West of Knivsåsen there are deep furrows in the pasture; sunken roads. This network of old roads has been created by feet, hooves and wagon wheels.
Dalby Church, which is a bit of a way from the Skåneleden Trail is the oldest preserved stone church in Scandinavia, and was built in the 1060s. Torna-Hällestad boasts a church from the 1100s where the wall contains rune stones from the Viking Age.

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