Section: 11 Vitabäck-Snogeholm

Along small roads and footpaths you walk through Fyledalen to the lake kingdom of Snogeholm. Study geological formations or exciting species of bat and raptor.

Deciduous forest frames the hiking path in Snogeholm Recreation Area.<br />
                                    Enjoué the picturesque surroundings by Snogeholm Recreation Area.<br />
                                    Photo: Jenny BrandtCombine hiking with canoeing at lake Snogeholmssjön.<br />
                                    Photo: Johan HammarRent a boat and catch your own meal after a hike at Snogeholm Recreation Area<br />
                                    Photo: Johan Hammar
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Along small roads and footpaths you walk through Fyledalen to the lake kingdom of Snogeholm. Study geological formations or exciting species of bat and raptor.

Nature

You travel across the open terrain at the bottom of the valley of Fyledalen along roads. On the slope there are several springs including Vitabäckskällan.
Fyledalen is a complicated geological formation. The curvature of the bedrock is one of the largest in Sweden. Movements in the surface of the earth have resulted in ancient layers of sand, coal and clay standing vertically and lying near the surface. The steep slopes and the flat valley bottom were eroded by the melt waters from the last Ice Age.
At Eriksdal you walk by a quarry with quartz that is just as loose today as it was 200 million years ago. East of this is Kurremölla, a geological sensation from the 1800s. Coal with fossils of leaves, cones and nuts from ginko trees were found here. There also are lots of iron minerals in the ground.
Kites, buzzards and golden eagles can be seen on a daily basis at Fyledalen.
Woodland tracks lead you through broadleaved woodland to Snogeholm Recreation Area. Here you follow the path along the shore of Lake Snogeholm to the impressive Evighetsträden (Trees for Eternity). The oaks have been specially selected to provide homes for rare species of beetles and bats, such as stag beetle and nathusius's pipistrelle.

Cultural History

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.
Northwest of Lake Snogeholm you pass by a ditch which was used to reduce the level of the lake and create more agricultural land.
When you reach Snogeholm Manor you can see the island of Hägerholmen. A medieval fortress was situated here, owned by the Archbishop of Lund and later the knight Krognos. Snogeholm slowly became an estate with its own little community. There are houses for the agricultural workers and other employees, a blacksmiths and brick works. The large broadleaved woodlands, grazed pastures and avenues, all of which are conserved, are clear remains of the estate.
Kejsardammen (the Keisar's pond) and the adjacent memorial stone describe the hunting trip that the Kaiser Wilhelm II took to Snogeholm in 1899. Just like today, there were plenty of roe , fallow and red deer in the area.

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