Section 5: Strandbaden-Domsten

Coastal promenades, take you past gnarly pine woodlands, a potter’s town and a charming fishing village. In between you find coastal heaths where the sand has piled up in gentle dunes and the vegetation is to say the least special.

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Coastal promenades, take you past gnarly pine woodlands, a potter’s town and a charming fishing village. In between you find coastal heaths where the sand has piled up in gentle dunes and the vegetation is to say the least special.

Nature

This section is also a part of Kullaleden.

Follow the footpath along the beach past gnarly mountain pines. Carry on walking through the potter's town of Höganäs and past harbours for recreational boats and bathing areas. Under you there is a very thin, but many tens of kilometres long layer of coal. It is giddying to think that this was once wet woodland with ferns, ginko trees and dinosaurs, 200 million years ago. In the mine shafts, many footprints from that period have been found.

South of town you walk along the shore through pastures and fishing villages. At Lerberget you pass soft sand dunes and pasque flowers in their thousands. The unusual plants of dwarf everlasting and sea holly also grow here.

When you have passed Viken, there is a stream with purple loosestrife and the rare great horsetail. If you come across banks which run parallel with the coast, then you are on the track of an ancient sea. The old shoreline is called the Litorina bank and was washed up here 4000-7000 years ago.

Cultural History

You virtually trip over the first historical remains at the camp site. The stone row emerged when space for the shelter was cleared and marks the boundary of the parish. The woodland at Strandbadsskogen was planted in the 1800s by the lord of the manor at Krapperup. The pines were planted to stop sand drift and to protect the farms of Lovisefred and Nyrup inland.

When the railway tracks to the exclusive seaside resort of Mölle were rolled out in 1920, the railway station at Strandbaden was also built. The area became summer paradise for Höganäs residents and to the east there are rows of summer villas.

Höganäs is well known for its pottery, but originates from a fishing and mining village. Kilometre long mine shafts underground and the remaining slag heaps are a reminder of the mining that took place between 1797 and 1961.

Viken is a fishing village with character! The village was considerable in size with some forty farms in the 1570s. You come into the oldest part of the village at the southern end, with fishermen's cottages, captain's houses and drying places for nets. You can also find rocks covered in sharpening grooves from the Stone Age here.

The pastures and heaths that you pass by are the remnants of the pasture called Kulla Fälad.

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