Section: 3 Vedema-Hässleholmsgården

Walking up hill and down through a magical recreation area. Viewing areas up high and a walk over a swaying bridge at the bottom of the valley. Along footpaths in the north, small roads and running tracks in the south. An important crossing with fortress and rampart.

Vedema recreation area<br />
                                    Photo: Johan Hammar
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Walking up hill and down through a magical recreation area. Viewing areas up high and a walk over a swaying bridge at the bottom of the valley. Along footpaths in the north, small roads and running tracks in the south. An important crossing with fortress and rampart.

Nature

Along the northern section of the trail there are boulders lying all over the place, all are geological sensations. A ten kilometre long esker, a small waterfall and the troll's huge cliff, known as Vedema Hall. The small fishing lake called Lake Barsjön, is formed from a piece of stagnant ice, thousands of years ago.
At the bottom of the valley, the River Rökeån meanders along. In the river, on the wet meadows and steep valley sides, there is all manner of life.
Leave the wooded countryside in the north and enjoy the more and more open areas with grazed pastures to the south. Flat and open areas await you around Finja. By the River Almaån you enter into a recreation area with many special trees. More than 400 years old and home for many fungi and insects.
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Cultural History

Despite the richness of boulders, there was a lack of fencing materials and the earth banks at Vedema are typical of the area. The water in the River Rökeån drove several water mills and by the bridge there are the remains of a mill, wadmal loom and a sunken road.
There are several historical routes to discover along this section. At the sandy hills by Jontustorp you reach the old highway and milestone that Linneus passed by in 1749. When you walk over the River Almaån, remember that this was once an important crossing. The main highway, defences and Mölleröd fortress surrounded by a moat were located here.
Mölleröd later became a crown estate with a large farm and there are many ruins of the crofting cottages in the woodland. On the top of the hill you can find ramparts from the time when the area was a military training area. Very close by, the oldest known settlement in Sweden has been found, from the Mesolithic period.

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