Section: 10 Lövestads åsar - Vitabäck

You travel along small roads through an open rural landscape and the wooded hillside of Fyledalen. Visit the windmill and pass by stones with remarkable histories. A happy-go-lucky priest and an old lady with an incredible sense of smell.

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You travel along small roads through an open rural landscape and the wooded hillside of Fyledalen. Visit the windmill and pass by stones with remarkable histories. A happy-go-lucky priest and an old lady with an incredible sense of smell.

Nature

You follow footpaths over Lövestads Åsar; an esker complex, which is unique in Skåne. In between the eskers there are large hollows and the camp site is situated in one of them. The eskers were created when the ice melted some 15 000 years ago.
On the eskers, you walk through species rich beech woodland and in the wetter hollows, different broadleaved trees are mixed with hazel and sallow. To the west there is a pasture with early purple orchid, common milkwort and pasque flower.
Small roads lead you to the slopes of Fyledalen and farmer's fields line the road. Don't forget to look up as the valley is renowned for the large numbers of patrolling raptors.
Closer to Vitabäck, woodland makes an appearance once again and the closer you get to the bottom of the valley, the richer the flora becomes. There is a fen here with bird's eye primrose and western marsh orchid.
Around Vitabäck there are springs of different character, some of which are powerful with the spring water being forced a couple of metres up into the air. Vitabäcks spring is one of the quieter ones.

Cultural History

Lövestads Åsar once provided common grazing land for animals and has long been a popular place for walking. Massastenen (the Massa Stone) can be found to the southeast of the camp site.
The stone was erected where a priest "magically" produced a keg of spirits during a walk for the High Sheriff and his clerks. The priest was well known for his extravagant lifestyle and the inscription "Massa" means amusement.
Kullamöllan is a Dutch style windmill and the upper part of the windmill can be turned so that the sails can be positioned to be most effective.
Next to the Trail, along the abandoned road, there is a stone woman with a head scarf. She is called Broås käring (Broå's old woman) and she turns around when she smells newly baked bread.
A few kilometres to the southwest there is another stone worthy of a mention; a milestone dating from 1728. It originates from the old transport route, and indicates that the distance to the nearest inn is a Swedish mile (approximately 10 km).
Vitabäckskällan (Vitabäck spring) was once a healing spring and washing place. It is most well known as a meeting place for the peasant uprising against the Archbishop Absalon in 1182.

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