Section: 10 Järavallen - Löddeköpinge

You walk along footpaths and roads along a shallow bay. Through pine woodlands in a recreation area, across open areas with extensive views and bird-rich coastal meadows. Visit medieval fishing villages and a great Viking trading centre.

The sun is setting at Järavallen Recreation Area.<br />
                                    Photo: Johan HammarCoffee break at Järavallen Recreation Area. <br />
                                    Photo: Johan Hammar
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You walk along footpaths and roads along a shallow bay. Through pine woodlands in a recreation area, across open areas with extensive views and bird-rich coastal meadows. Visit medieval fishing villages and a great Viking trading centre.

Nature

You wander along footpaths and walk through Järavallen Recreation Area. It is an area of pine woodland and shimmering lakes. A viewing tower and a flower-rich coastal meadow await you to the west.

The extensive bank which follows you virtually wherever you go along the Öresundsleden Trail is a more than 4000 year old shore ridge, called the Littorine Ridge or Järavallen. It is very obvious within the recreation area.

The Trail passes the neatly trimmed golf course and follows the coast road along the shallow bay of Lundåkrabukten. Here you find space and views out over the sea, arable fields and coastal meadows. Botanise among the hardy plants in the meadow; plants that are adapted to very wet and salty or very dry and harsh conditions. The coastal meadows and the surrounding skies vibrate with bird activity and under the surface in the bay, fish come and breed. The hot spots are the meadows at Järavallen, Barsebäckshamn and Salviken.

When you turn inland, Lödde meadows and the River Kävlinge are there to discover.

Cultural History

You travel through the Barsebäcks area. The name refers to a small stream, but both the village and the area that became Barsebäck estate were mentioned in documents from the 1100s. The estate was at that time, a fortress surrounded by water. Since 1728, the Hamilton family have run the farm and the estate is not open to the public.

At Barsebäck Saltsjöbad (seaside hotel) the Trail follows a path and very soon the Stenbock banks appear at your feet. These defensive banks were built in the early 1700s by the governor of Skåne; Magnus Stenbock. Just to the south you go through Barsebäck harbour, which in medieval times was a fishing village for the herring industry.

In 1965, the plans for a nuclear power station at Barsebäck were laid; 10 years later the first nuclear power station was built. The power station produced electricity for 30 years, but this stopped in 2005, although it is not closed. Today it is used for training and has an information centre with exhibitions.

The most well conserved chambered tumulus is found at the highest point of the peninsula and is called Gillhög. If you want to study the interior of this Stone Age grave, there is a path which takes you in. Take a torch though!

Both Stone Age boats and Viking ships have navigated along the rivers Kävlinge and Lödde. During the Viking period, Löddeköpinge developed into an important trading centre.

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