Section: 14 Väderkullen - Allmänningen

The route travels along well-worn paths over the steep terrain of the Romeleåsen ridge. The ridge is a popular visitor attraction with several different walking routes. The ridge is also an interesting geological formation, shrouded in myths and mystery, with remains from hundreds of years of land use, inscribed in the landscape. Travel back in time with a visit to the old-fashioned Kullatorpet.

Woodlands of Björnstorp<br />
                                    Photo: Kenneth Joelssonclose to Romeleklint<br />
                                    Photo: Kenneth Joelsson
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The route travels along well-worn paths over the steep terrain of the Romeleåsen ridge. The ridge is a popular visitor attraction with several different walking routes. The ridge is also an interesting geological formation, shrouded in myths and mystery, with remains from hundreds of years of land use, inscribed in the landscape. Travel back in time with a visit to the old-fashioned Kullatorpet.

Nature

Here you walk along paths over Romeleåsen, a horst which was formed 150 million years ago. At the same time, the south western corner of Skåne sank significantly and the difference in height is just over 2000 metres.
Along this section you will find Romeleklint, the second highest point of the ridge, and Järnhatten where the bedrock is exposed.
The ridge of Romeleåsen is covered in woodland, with the odd glade, with tree species such as beech and spruce dominating.
You pass by an area with gnarled beech trees and straggly hazel bushes, which is a woodland key habitat. Here there are old and dead trunks inhabited by a diversity of lichens, mosses and insects. The woodland area remaining is part of the ancient outlying grazed woodland.
At Allmänningen there is an extensive grazed pasture where lady's bedstraw, field wormwood and thyme are common.

Cultural History

The landscape of Skåne has changed from the wooded 1500s, on through the tree-less 1700s and 1800s. Romeleåsen is an obvious example of an extensive beech woodland, which became a well-used grazing area and was changed to a barren heath with heather and juniper. The replanting began in the 1880s.
Around Häckeberga there are several pastures which have been restored and conserved, and here you can see how the ridge looked a hundred years ago. The Skåneleden Trail passes some of them.
The remains of crofts and farms can be found here and there, all once belonging to the Häckeberga Estate. In the middle of the 1800s, there were almost 150 tenant farms and crofts in the area. Today there are some fifty remaining. The camp site at Allmänningen is located by the ruin of a large farm, belonging to the estate. Here there was a farmhouse, barn, stable with a room for the farmhand and a small pig sty.
Kullatorpet, alongside the Trail, is a well conserved 1800s croft which is open for visitors some weekends and holidays and it can also be rented.

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