Section: 5 Söderåsens Nationalpark - Jällabjär

The route takes you along well-worn footpaths and on roads through Söderåsen National Park and Röstånga. You pass by well-known sites for legend and mystery. Guided tours and visits to the information centre’s (Naturum) ingenious exhibition are on offer.

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                                    Photo: Sven Persson, swelo.sePhoto: Sven Persson, swelo.se
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The route takes you along well-worn footpaths and on roads through Söderåsen National Park and Röstånga. You pass by well-known sites for legend and mystery. Guided tours and visits to the information centre’s (Naturum) ingenious exhibition are on offer.

Nature

Continue a little way on the almost vertical path south of the lake and visit Hjortsprånget. A place with a view and remarkable stories
The Trail passes by the slightly hilly Ugglerödsdalen valley, Nackarpsdalen valley and around the mythical Lake Odensjön. The lake is surrounded by species rich scree slopes.
Jällabjär Nature Reserve meets us with a beautiful birch wood pasture with patches of juniper, open pastures and damper areas with alder. It was once known as Röstångas and Kolemas pastures. When grazing ceased, the trees took over and Jällabjär became woodland. Now it is intended to recreate the open landscape by allowing animals to graze here. Plants such as tormentil, heath bedstraw, common cow-wheat, yarrow and harebell grow here. In the spring wood anemones cover the pasture like a carpet. The varied countryside has a rich bird-life including wood warbler, icterine warbler, linnet and whinchat.

Cultural History

Odensjön and Skäralid became popular tourist attractions in the 1800s. A restaurant with a dance floor, a railway station and later, a tourist hotel gradually developed.
Röstånga is known as an old coaching place where travellers and their horses could rest.
A very long time ago Jällabjär was the pasture for the villagers from Röstånga and Kolema.

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