8 Osby - Verum
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Here you walk through Osby urban area and past the railway, old arable land and moss fields and further into hilly forest. In Vieån, you have the chance to see otters and pinch.
On a road bank you walk over Gullarp's bog with gnarled birches, tufted hawthorn and cloudberries. Peat pits and road banks can be seen on Gullarp's bog after the mining of burnt peat during the 1940s. Several of the area's moving blocks were used as boundary markers, some have been named, such as the Christ Stone. Here the Viking chief Ilje died when lightning struck him and split the stone. Look into the gorge, the stone is shaped like a crucified Christ.
Gravel roads take you further past hilly pastures and a river. To the west, the forest takes over and you follow crooked paths. The asphalt road takes you over the Helge river and in front of you are Hörlinge meadows. The meadows have been used for mowing for a long time, which gives a rich and special flora. If you want to explore the area further, you can hike on the Vieåleden, which offers varied landscapes and natural pastures.
At Horsa forest, there are blasted pastures and the closer you get to Verum, the more open the landscape becomes. At the village, you have a view of the Vieån and the valley. The river is narrow and naturally crooked with valuable beach meadows and tree curtains that provide shade. Both fish and mussels thrive in the river and the little bird nests here.
To the east of the Helge River, there are remains of a defence facility that was probably built during the Scanian War of 1675-79. The area is rich in tar valleys and at Hästberga power station there are clear examples. Here, pine stumps were burned and the tar ran down to the bottom of the valley. The burning took several days and required constant guarding.
The church on the hill in Verum was built during the 13th century, here the ABBA members Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus married in 1971.
- 15-26 km
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