Section: 3A Finjasjöleden

On this circular path you follow footpaths, small roads and a board walk worth seeing. Here, it is lush woodland with bats and water in all sorts of forms that rules. Tree house, Hovdala Manor, an abandoned fortress and the oldest settlement in Skåne. Signs along the way explain more.

Hovdala castle<br />
                                    Photo: Kenneth JoelssonBreak at Hovdala castle<br />
                                    Photo: Kenneth JoelssonHammarmölledammen<br />
                                    Photo: Kenneth JoelssonKuskatorpet Hovdala<br />
                                    Photo: Kenneth Joelsson
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On this circular path you follow footpaths, small roads and a board walk worth seeing. Here, it is lush woodland with bats and water in all sorts of forms that rules. Tree house, Hovdala Manor, an abandoned fortress and the oldest settlement in Skåne. Signs along the way explain more.

Nature

The Finjasjöleden Trail provides rich coastal woodlands, open areas and water is your constant companion. The woodland at Dallerör is very special with many species of plants and birds. At the north end of the lake, a very unusual board walk helps you to get very close to nature, through alder carr and reedbeds. Close by, there are some four hundred year old oaks.
If you follow the trail through Hovdala Recreation Area, extensive views, a species rich ravine and the pearl of the River Hovdalaån await you. There are some twenty species of bat in the area.

Cultural History

The countryside around Finjasjöbygden has attracted walkers for a long, long time. As far back as the Mesolithic period, people came here to hunt and fish. You walk past the oldest known settlement in Sweden along this section, which are 14 000 years old.
There are many signs that this area flourished during the Iron Age. There was probably a large estate and temple in Finja. Visit the church at Finja from the 1100s. Detailed paintings indicate that it a high status.
When you pass by Mjölkalånga, spare a thought for the 300 knights which fought in vain, and got hopelessly stuck in the water-logged ground. The battle took place in 1318.
During the 1600s, the lake was flanked by the powerful estates of Hovdala, Mölleröd and Skyrup. The first two became military training areas for a period and are now used for recreation. You go through them both. There are barracks here from the Second World War and the largest tree house in Scandinavia which can be used all year round is located here.
Along this section, you can also see evidence of when the lake levels were reduced and when the lake was restored. To the south there is a ruin of a library and a magical sacrificial stone.

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