Section: 2 Olastorp-Vedema

Along this section you follow footpaths and gravel tracks through Göingeskog woodland. A high boardwalk also takes you out into a Scanian “rainforest” and steep footpaths take you into the recreation area. Simple shelters up on the ridge offer shelter. Impressive stone buildings and lively water courses are like pearls on a necklace.

Vedema recreation area<br />
                                    Photo: Johan Hammar
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Along this section you follow footpaths and gravel tracks through Göingeskog woodland. A high boardwalk also takes you out into a Scanian “rainforest” and steep footpaths take you into the recreation area. Simple shelters up on the ridge offer shelter. Impressive stone buildings and lively water courses are like pearls on a necklace.

Nature

Woodland and water are the characteristics of this section. Natural mixed woodland is intermingled with spruce plantations in straight lines. Around the water courses the woodlands is lush and rich. You are accompanied by the River Hörlingeån on a long stretch, which in some places is bubbling with life and other times slow and meandering. The landscape opens up in places along this section to reveal grazed pastures.
To the south, the climb up onto Hörjaåsen ridge begins, into Vedema Recreation Area. Vedema fen is at the foot of the ridge, where the reeds stand tall and birds flock. Beech woodland with a lot of character grows on the slopes. A few kilometres east of the camp site at Vedema you go past an area with very rounded boulders. This area is from a prehistoric time, when this location was at the equator and covered in rainforest.

Cultural History

You pass by villages along this section where time seems to have stood still, with red cottages and impressive stone walls as tall as a man. There are arched stone buildings which have built with the greatest of care; Hågnarp flax oven and the arched bridge at Aggarp.
The River Hörlingeån is lined with the ruins of some ten or more mills, take a few extra steps and visit the most impressive of them all, Skulkamöllan.
Crofters lived in the area around Vedema where the land was difficult to cultivate. The tradesman Otto Daniel Krook, who in the 1870s donated money for planting the "unsuitable" land, contributed to the fact that the hills became planted with woodland.

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