Section: 7 Maglebjär-Onsvalakällan

Along footpaths and small roads, you walk past settlements, planted woodland and beautiful pastures. Ruins and memorial stones hidden in the vegetation and springs perk you up along the way.

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Along footpaths and small roads, you walk past settlements, planted woodland and beautiful pastures. Ruins and memorial stones hidden in the vegetation and springs perk you up along the way.

Nature

There are settlements close by, but hardly noticeable. The woodland is dense apart from clear felled areas and young plantations. You pass through a couple of stony, grazed pastures at Sjunnerup. The trees have grown in the open and formed wide crowns.
In general spruce woodland dominates, but small broadleaved trees line the path to the west and tall, unsteady beech trees to the east.
In a couple of places you go past some really old, gnarly trees. Such as the creaky beech at Bökestorp. The tree is a habitat in itself, below which you can find the croft's old spring.

Cultural History

The journey takes you over logs and especially stones. Clearance cairns adorn the surrounding terrain and sometimes even the footpath where you walk. Terraces from historical cultivation hide in the slopes. Discrete stone monuments and burial cairns indicate that the area was used during the Iron Age.
In several places, the footpath goes right through the middle of ruins from crofts and small cottages. An unusually well preserved earth cellar and Brahestenen (The Brahe Stone) deserve a visit. At the latter place, Magnus Brahe rested up with his troops in 1788.
Onsvalakällan (Onsvala spring) is the jewel in the crown of this section. It is supposed to contain magic water and was once where "heathens" met up after battles.

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