7 Maglebjär - Onsvalakällan
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Cultivated woodlands and gnarly old beech trees. Burial cairns and the rocky terraced remains of ancient pastures, and a magical natural spring where Oden was worshipped. Your footsteps carry you over countryside where human beings have lived and loved and mourned for thousands of years.
Sometimes you wander north. And sometimes you wander south. But the general direction of this section of trail is southeast as you skirt the northern outer limits of the town of Höör. Dense spruce forests dominate, interspersed with areas devoted to sustainable forestry. At Sjunnerup, you pass through a couple of stony, grazed pastures where large, solitary trees have impressive crowns.
As you move eastward, the woodlands shift to deciduous and at Bökestorp, you pass some old beech trees, gnarled with age as they cling unsteadily to life. Some of these old trees are unique habitats in and of themselves. Varies types of fungi rots old trees from the inside out, and insects – especially rare beetles – create complex tunnel systems in the brownish dust. This rich insect life in turn draws birds and – with some luck – bats.
The small town of Höör is never more than two to four kilometres away as you follow small roads and paths skirting around its northern outer limits. Human beings have used this area for thousands of years, but Höör is first mentioned around 1330, and the church there was built in the late 1100s. The surrounding areas are sprinkled with clearance cairns and sometimes you even walk on the stones that have been removed from fields. Many of the slopes along the trail are adorned with medieval stone terraces. And you can also spot burial cairns from the even more distant past – the Iron Age.
In several places, your footsteps carry you directly through the ruins of crofts and small cottages. Don’t miss Brahestenen, or “The Brahe Stone”, near a little earth cellar. Brahestenen is most likely a memorial to Count Magnus Brahe who rested his troops here on the way to Helsingborg in 1788. Magnus was treated very well by King Gustav III. The king probably had guilt feelings for having Magnus’ father executed around the time that Magnus was born.
In a beech forest at the end of your hike is the campsite at Onsvalakällan. The name may be related to the black storks who nested here once upon a time known as “Oden’s swallows.” In pagan times, this natural spring was a place of sacrifice to Oden and the waters were thought to have magical properties. One old legend said that if a maiden offered a piece of jewellery to the spring, dropping it into the waters, she would be able to see the faces of her unborn children in the reflection. What do you see?
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