9A Åke’s circular path
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Small paths and roads, a megalithic Stone Age tomb, and a boardwalk over a spongy bog where carnivorous plants and other mucky rarities thrive. Discover all this and more along this 10-kilometre stretch of trail in the heart of the transition zone that is the Fulltofta Recreation Area.
Between the forests and the agricultural districts of Skåne, there are transition zones unsuitable for ploughing or timber production. Luckily, the Fulltofta Recreation Area is one of these. Some of its woodlands are key habitats, and all contain a rich variety of flora and fauna. Now and then you pass a grazed pasture, and the ruins in the woods are many. A boardwalk carries you across the soggy, spongy Sjömossen Bog. Typical bog plants grow here including the carnivorous round-leaved sundew, which extracts its nutrition from insects.
Your footsteps crunch along a stony path past a piece of bedrock named Hjällen, which pushes up like a small mountain, and consists of the coarse-grained metamorphic rock amphibolite. The beech forest here is unusually rich, and many types of lichens, mosses and insects live on the slope, especially in the dead trees, both standing and fallen. The site is classified as a woodland key habitat.
Northwest of the circular trail, the clear water from Hanakällans spring bubbles faithfully to the surface, and further south you cross over a man-made embankment. This embankment helps contain the restored pond which has developed into a rich aquatic habitat, while at the same time binding nitrogen and keeping it out of the Baltic Sea.
Human beings have lived and died along this section of trail and in the area around Ringsjön Lake for thousands of years. Set in a quiet spruce woodland is Hällekistan, a megalithic Stone Age grave where as many as 60-70 persons were laid to their final rest, probably with grave goods such as axes or pieces of amber, as was the custom. Archaeologists excavated the site in 1895, but it had already been plundered. There is also an extensive burial ground from the Iron Age nearby.
The estate of Fulltofta is from the 1600s, and the landscape is littered with the remains of smaller farms, crofts, cottages, mills, etc. There are information signs along the trail and additional information at the Fulltofta Visitor Centre that can help you make sense of what you see. For example, you pass an outdoor dance floor made of stamped earth, where both nobility and peasants amused themselves.
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