Section: 7A Verkasjön - Agusa

You follow a footpath along a winding ridge. Look down on wet woodland and water courses. Along the Trail there is a manor with its own ecopark, a place where linen was made and the opportunity to meet wild board and red deer. This is a part of a circular trail which is 37 km long.

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You follow a footpath along a winding ridge. Look down on wet woodland and water courses. Along the Trail there is a manor with its own ecopark, a place where linen was made and the opportunity to meet wild board and red deer. This is a part of a circular trail which is 37 km long.

Nature

At the quarry by the Alum works, you can search for pea-like fossils from trilobites, which died out 240 million years ago. They lived in water, were similar to crustaceans and shed their shells. The fossils are likely to be the remains from their shells.
Along the section towards the north you can keep your feet dry whilst walking through broadleaved woodland and look down on the wet woodlands and water courses. The Trail mainly follows the top of the ridge called Jären. This esker is the largest in eastern Skåne and formed when the ice melted after the last Ice Age.
Here and there, you are led down into the lush and wet areas, boardwalks and small bridges take you on your way. To the south, you come across the fishing Lake Verkasjön and to the north you pass a small pond. At the camp site at Agusa there is tall beech woodland and you have a view over the wildlife enclosure from the campsite. The area is a nature reserve.

Cultural History

The alum works at Andrarum was once the largest industry in Skåne. In the middle of the 1700s, some 900 people lived here. At that time, the ground was bare and there was thick yellowish smoke. Along this section you pass by slag heaps, water-filled quarries, the store house and north of the river a collection of small timber-framed houses. These were houses for the factory workers.
Lake Verkasjön is a man-made lake which was originally a bog. It was cleared of peat and a dam was created to provide water for the factory for the leaching out of the burned shale. Water from the lake was led to a smaller pond, which the Skåneleden Trail passes over, via wooden channels to the store house.
Christina Piper began work building Christinehofs Manor in 1737. Under her ownership, the estate and the factory flourished. Today there is an ecopark around the manor.
At Breabäck you come across the road between Andarum and Agusa, which is a protected historical monument. Here there is also an old flax processing cottage, where the flax was dried, broken and scotched to produce linen cloth.
The village of Agusa is ancient with stone walls and old houses. One of them is called Agusastugan. Anna Mårtensson lived here until 1944, when she left the cottage in the same condition as when she moved in.

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