Section: 21 Torup - Trelleborg

You travel along small roads passing the rolling arable countryside of Söderslätt. Sacrificial wells, small pools and willow pollards replace one another here. Study inscriptions made by pilgrims or church architecture; there are an unusually high density of churches here.

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You travel along small roads passing the rolling arable countryside of Söderslätt. Sacrificial wells, small pools and willow pollards replace one another here. Study inscriptions made by pilgrims or church architecture; there are an unusually high density of churches here.

Nature

Wander through extensive beech woodland in the north and across the rolling hills of the plains in the south. On the border between the woodland and the open areas, lies Roslätts oak wood pasture; an oasis for specialised insects, birds, bats and lichens.
At the popular site of Västerkulla, you have an impressive view across the plains and the small flower maiden pink at your feet.
An outsider to the Swedish flora grows along a boundary; field maple. The trees here are are currently the only ones growing wild in the country and Svedala has chosen the leaf of the field maple for their District Council coat of arms. Field maple is otherwise relatively commonly planted.
Level with Elinedal you walk along the foot of an unusual geological formation. Ullbergskroken was pushed up at the edge of the ice, at the end of the last ice age.
Alongside the main road (Road 101), the landscape is strewn with small pools. The majority are ice hollows and were formed by the retreating ice.
The town of Trelleborg lies in a favourable vegetation zone and is known for its palm trees. East of Dalabadet you can find grazed meadows with orchids and birds.

Cultural History

When you travel through Svedala you can study the brick architecture. The area is rich in clay, which was in historical ice lakes and in the village you can find the "modern" brick houses, with high plinths, patterned brickwork and decorated facades. The many brick works in Svedala flourished at the end of the 1800s.
At the same time, a pioneer of female authors and one of the best poets from the 1880s had her breakthrough; Victoria Benedictsson under the pseudonym Ernst Ahlgren. She grew up on the farm called Charlottenberg.
Make a pilgrimage to a sacrificial well, as people have done for thousands of years. The sacrificial well at Fru Alstad is supposed to be able to cure the majority of ailments, and the one at Aggarp was supposed to help treat bad-smelling colic.
Fru Alstad Church neaby has a central pillar covered with inscriptions made by pilgrims.
It is impossible to miss the magnificent mill at Aggarp. It is a Dutch mill dating from 1896.
Further south, you walk past the prominent Gyllhögarna; four Bronze Age burial mounds. , fyra gravhögar från bronsåldern. The shape of the sole of a foot has been carved on a granite stone to the south.
In Trelleborg you can visit what was once a fortress made of earth banks and palisades. The original fortress was probably a military camp in the united Denmark.

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