Section: 4 Klåveröd-Söderåsens nationalpark

A walk along stony paths, over streams and steep slopes, provides a magnificent experience and conveys the difference in height to your legs. There is a striking section of landscape, which has been made into a national park.

Thrilling views at Kopparhatten in Söderåsen National Park.<br />
                                    Photo: Sven PerssonHike along lake Odensjön at Skäralid.<br />
                                    Photo: Sven PerssonCoffee break in Klåveröd<br />
                                    Photo: Johan HammarSet camp at Klåveröd Recreation Area.<br />
                                    Photo: Johan HammarDejebäcken creek at Söderåsen National Park<br />
                                    Photo: Magnus MalmKlåveröd Hostel is situated along the Skåneleden trail.<br />
                                    Photo: Lena ArenboGet up high at Klåveröd Recreation Area.<br />
                                    Photo: Johah HammarBring the dog out for a hike at Klåveröd Recreation Area. <br />
                                    Photo: Johan Hammar
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A walk along stony paths, over streams and steep slopes, provides a magnificent experience and conveys the difference in height to your legs. There is a striking section of landscape, which has been made into a national park.

Nature

A stony path beside the rushing Dejebäcken stream leads you from Klåveröd Recreation Area into Söderåsen National Park. The footpath leads you through the gentler Dejebäcksdalen valley, through broadleaved woodland and past impressive scree slopes.
At Korsskär you can catch your breath. Here, two streams join together and the place is permeated by a sense of peacefulness and wilderness. There is also a five metre waterfall here.
You also discover the impressive Skäralidsdalen valley, a treasure trove where the pieces of gold are lichens, fungi and mosses. The valley is one of the richest sites for mosses in Sweden and one of the best sites in Skåne for lichens.
Now you walk through the heart of Söderåsen National Park. In the valley, species from the south, north and west meet. The site is considered to be one of the most species rich in Sweden for tree and ground living fungi; some 400 species have been found.
Follow the river Skärån. Brown trout, minnow and brook lamprey live here. Sensitive species of long-horned flies, dragonfly and damselfly larvae have also found a retreat here.
Via footpaths and the old road Offavägen, you climb up to the highest point of this section, Kopparhatten (the Copper Hat). From here you have a magnificent view over the valley and beech woodland.
Soon you reach Skärdammen and the information centre (naturum). The exhibition and the board walk around the lake provide a wealth of experiences.

Cultural History

At the waterfall at Dejebäcken lie the remains of Klåveröd Mill. It was in use between 1875 and 1909. The miller's house and an old dance floor were just nearby.
The oldest remains in the area are fossil fields with clearance cairns and stone walls, probably from the early Bronze Age.
Up until the 1700s, beech woodland dominated the ridge, but livestock, the most important source of income for the farmers, were grazed in the woodlands and they grazed hard. After a while, it was only the sides of the valley that still had mature woodland. You can find trees which have been nibbled by grazing animals from this period of woodland grazing, called "twiggy beech".
All areas which could be used were used.  The valley bottoms were used for hay cutting and the hay was carried on the farmer's back or transported by oxen or horse up from the valley floor. The road called Offavägen, which you walk along, made the job easier. It was built in the late 1700s by Samuel von Offen.
On the edge of the valley, lay the farms of Lierna and Råröd. They were described in 1815 as "the most destitute of farms in this parish". One of the crofters from Lierna worked so hard on the hills of the valley that he was nicknamed the "Lia ghost".

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