Section: 1 Åstorp - Hålebäck

The route takes you along running tracks and easily accessible footpaths over the northern slope of the Söderåsen ridge. This section passes through rich broadleaved woodland, passes by an exciting fen and a gigantic stone wall. At Vrams Gunnarstorp Manor you can wander through the same natural pergola and box hedge that Linnaeus once did.

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The route takes you along running tracks and easily accessible footpaths over the northern slope of the Söderåsen ridge. This section passes through rich broadleaved woodland, passes by an exciting fen and a gigantic stone wall. At Vrams Gunnarstorp Manor you can wander through the same natural pergola and box hedge that Linnaeus once did.

Nature

Here you wander over the northern slope of Söderåsen. The ridge is a horst which formed some 150 million years ago, when the surrounding bedrock sank.
The section is characterised by lots of broadleaved woodland, from old growth-like broadleaved woodland to beech woodland on acid soils. You follow a gentle running track through the species rich Tingvalla ravine and further west you walk along wide footpaths. The soil in the ravine has never been ploughed, but the area been used for grazing livestock and has thus been covered in woodland for a very long time. Unusual plants and lichens thrive on the scree slopes.
To the south you follow a stone wall, which is as tall as a man. Within the wall, there is a natural-looking deer enclosure with an unusually rich bird life.
Maglaby Kärr (fen), just to the east, is more like a lake than a fen and is one of the few areas of open water on the ridge. Birds such as common teal, mallard, green sandpiper and snipe nest here.

Cultural History

Tingvalla has been a place for parties since the 1930s and people still dance here. The name Tingvalla leads your thoughts to something completely different; the old location for trials (ting = dispute or trial). At Tingstet just above the ravine, the court met and settled disputes a long time ago.
Vrams Gunnarstorp Manor was built in the 1500s and you can visit the park with its renowned box hedges and hornbeam pergola. The impressive stone wall surrounding the estate's deer enclosure was built in the same period. Maglaby Kärr (fen) was dammed at the same time to create a fishing pond system and the water was used for different things on the estate.
East of Maglaby Kärr you wander around in abandoned fields. The cairns made of the stones collected up, adorn the ground and on the slope you can see the terraces from fossil fields. There are some twenty or so graves in the area, some of the larger ones are the burial mounds called Stora and Lilla Rör.

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