Section: 7 S Hultarp - Maglebjär

The route takes you along footpaths and small roads through the inner part of Skåne, where small open fields provide a change in the otherwise wooded terrain. Protruding hexagonal pillars, from the vent of a volcano, an old holy well and a pilgrim route can be found. This section offers a revived recreation area and excitement for “real” men.

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The route takes you along footpaths and small roads through the inner part of Skåne, where small open fields provide a change in the otherwise wooded terrain. Protruding hexagonal pillars, from the vent of a volcano, an old holy well and a pilgrim route can be found. This section offers a revived recreation area and excitement for “real” men.

Nature

Volcanic remains virtually stand in line along this section. You climb over once of them; Allarpsbjär. Keep an eye out for hexagonal pillars which are the old vents from the crater. At Dagstorpssjön there are several volcanic remains and just next to the Trail you can find one of the largest, Ulfsbjär by Bjäret. The basalt in the ground gives rise to an interesting flora including woodruff and three kinds of anemone.
In the eastern part of the section you walk along small roads through Frostavallen Recreation Area. Here you can find species rich beech woodland with cliffs and scree slopes, several footpaths and lakes suitable for swimming.
Do not be surprised if a parrot flies over your head. Southwest of Vaxsjön there is a bird sanctuary with many exotic species.
At the southern tip of Lake Vaxsjön, you walk along wide footpaths along the fence line of Skåne Zoo. From here you can hear the sounds from different Scandinavian animals in the zoo.

Cultural History

At Södra Hultarp there are lots of remains from previous generations. Fossil fields with many small clearance cairns and several sunken roads. In the middle of the area, a stone inscribed with the words "Karrastenen" (the old woman's stone) pops up. Men tested their strength with this stone.
The village of Hallaröd has both a holy well and a church dedicated to St Olof.  Many people made pilgrimages here for health and prosperity in the middle ages and later. Olof II Haraldsson or the Holy Olof (995-1030) was a Norwegian king that tried to unite the country and and convert it to Christianity. East of Hallaröd you partly follow the pilgrim's route.
The area around Lake Vaxsjön is rich in archaeological remains and southwest of the tip of the lake you pass two of these. The most westerly is a burial mound from the Bronze Age and the other is a pile of shards of stones, which have been burned, probably from fire places.
About a hundred years ago the area was much more built up and more open. If you stood on the slopes by the lake you had a view over Lake Ringsjön and all the way to Lyby Church, 15 km south of here.
Frostavallen Recreation Area dates from the 1930s. There were skiing tracks, ski-jumping slopes and you could drink hot chocolate in the Storstugan.

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