Section: 8 Verkasjön - Heinge

Along woodland roads, providing easy walking, you travel through the outskirts of the wooded countryside of Linderödåsen. You travel along roads adorned with avenues, past the largest industry in Skåne in the 1700s and along footpaths through beautiful pastures with a rich flora.

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Along woodland roads, providing easy walking, you travel through the outskirts of the wooded countryside of Linderödåsen. You travel along roads adorned with avenues, past the largest industry in Skåne in the 1700s and along footpaths through beautiful pastures with a rich flora.

Nature

Woodland roads lead you along the outskirts of the wooded countryside, through a blanket of woodland and open areas. Broadleaved and spruce woodland exchange places with one another and you also pass by small allotments and stony pastures.
Around Djurröd you walk past a pasture which has been grazed and cut for hay for several hundred years. On the dry slopes, early purple orchid and cowslip grow and in the wet fens grass-of-parnassus thrives.
In the southern part of the section you enter into Heinge Recreation Area. An exciting valley with a stream, a small lake and dam and a marsh await you here. Follow the path through the juniper pasture and have a picnic by Heinge camp site with a view over the beech woodland and the valley.

Cultural History

In the northern part of the section you walk through the heart of what was once Andarum alum works.  By your side, the beautiful red-coloured hills; the slag heaps left behind, an old dance floor and the adjacent quarry is visible. Keep an eye out for the Verkaklockan (a bell) which rang when it was time for work, prayers or when someone was on trial.
You pass by a fine avenue which tells you something about the Christinehof estate. Avenues originate from the Baroque period and were meant to highlight how man had "command" over nature. If you follow the avenue to the west, you come to the manor and ecopark.
At Heinge you can see stones wherever you look. Large stones stick up through the grazed pasture, small stones are collected in piles by abandoned arable fields and stone walls frame it all. Here it is clear to see the history of the area as arable and pasture land.

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