Section: 9 Heinge - Lövestads åsar

Allow yourself to be fascinated by stone and moraine creations. Wander along footpaths and small roads past plains, through stony pastures and over unique ridges.

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Allow yourself to be fascinated by stone and moraine creations. Wander along footpaths and small roads past plains, through stony pastures and over unique ridges.

Nature

This short section takes you just as much along roads as footpaths. The odd woodland breaks up the openness and at both ends of the section you walk through unusual woodland.
From a camp site up high, just next to a ravine, winding footpaths lead you through the grazed woodland in Heinge Recreation Area. Here there are sloe and hawthorn bushes that have been shaped by the grazing animals and if you come in the spring, the liverleaves are in flower.
After a few kilometres along small roads, past arable fields, you reach Lövestads Åsar. These eskers are unique in Skåne as there are several and they have hollows in between. Some 15 000 years ago, the ice lay thick on the ground and the melt waters forced their way through tunnels, leaving gravel and stones in long ribbons.
The footpath to the camp site takes you through an unusually species rich beech woodland. Keep an eye out for yellow archangel, snails and bats. At the camp site you can find one of the "hollows" between the eskers.

Cultural History

Stones are in focus at Heinge. The footpath is lined by abandoned strip fields, with small piles of stones collected together and stone walls as a frame. The real gem is to be found at Hallsberg - a stone park. Hallsbergs Stenar (Hallsbergs Stones) is a whole garden filled with different stone figures and engraved text. All of them created during the 1800s by the very religious milner Nils Nilsson.
The wide path which leads you up to the summit of Lövestads Åsar is an ancient route. Like so many other places, people chose to travel along the top of the ridge, where you could keep your feet dry and have a good view. Lövestads Åsar was once common land for grazing animals.
East of the camp site you can find the foundation stones from a spinning house and to the southeast a memorial stone made by Nils Nilsson. The stone was erected where a priest "magically" produced a keg of spirits for the High Sheriff and his clerks. The priest was well known for his extravagant lifestyle and the inscription "Massa" means amusement.

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