Raslängen, is a lake in Skåne north of Bromolla and is one I have visited many times, and I have been aware of the possibility of circumnavigating the lake on foot, finally with some inspiration from a local hiking website Outsite.org I set about planning a trip.
One of the difficulties in accessing this area is the lack of nearby public transport as the nearest bus is approximately 3 hours of walking away. But with access to a car then the ideal access point is Bokestad, after 2 hours driving from Copenhagen I was erecting the tent and enjoying the view across Raslängen from a spot I have camped at a number of times.
A leisurely start the following morning had me wandering along the western banks of Raslängen towards Fuglabacken where a shelter can be found. Raslängen is a popular canoeing destination and there are many shelter places around the lake, some accessible by foot others are normally accessed by canoe. Leaving Fuglabacken, I initially followed the Skaneleden as it wended its way west to Immeln and the coast, soon however I was turning northward through the forest looking for, but not finding, a track or trail of any kind. With some persistence and a little bushwhacking I found a road, well it was not lost, I just located it. I followed the road to its end, and again searched for some sort of trail, but to no avail so following the road for a little while I then headed cross country to another road and after skirting a nearby house I picked up yet another road which led me to a turning circle. And it was at this point I found a trail, I thought, which appeared to head in the right direction. Following what could be best described as an animal pad I ultimately descended to Raslängen. The shoreline provided a handrail to follow, however, the occasional rocky out crop had me climbing ”up and over” eventually I arrived at a recently cleared forest area. It was here that I had lunch and decided that some road time was in order. Following a couple of roads I was soon descending through the forest on a foot trail to the river which links Gillesjön and Raslängen.
The bridge itself was somewhat dilapidated
However it seemed like the best option considering the alternative,
and the warning signs to canoeists upstream.
But with the sun shining I could not complain. Having crossed the river I then followed a series of foot trails before arriving at a road which I followed to Alltidhult. Harry Martinson , a Nobel Laureate, attended school here whilst the well known Swedish author Sven Edvin Salje used the area as a backdrop for his first novel. Altidhult also provides a link between Hallen to the east and Raslängen to the west. Further indicating the canoeing opportunities in the area. I wandered along the canoe trail to the banks of Raslängen and sat appreciating the peacefulness and beauty of the area.
Soon I was wandering along the eastern side of Raslängen and with a campsite in mind, I followed the road out of Alltidhult before descending to the lake after which I followed a foot trail to my preferred campsite which I had found on my previous trip in February. Sadly with the warm weather the ants had taken a liking to the location as well, so with a little bit of a search a site was found nearby. As this was the first trip with the Tarptent Stratospire 1, I spent a little bit of time just setting it up, however, I was soon impressed with the speed with which it could be set up and the interior space, the dimensions of the inner suggests that it is a replica of the Scarp 1 inner and provides more than enough space for me and my gear.
I had been attracted to the Stratospire because of its 2 entries and hexagonal based pyramid design, at a weight of less than 1 kg the shelter provides ample headroom with 2 large vestibules. The extra guy lines and pitch locks would appear to provide a weather worthy structure, time will tell.
After a relaxing night, I wandered down to the lake for some water and watched two geese swim towards the bank, I assumed that as I got closer they would leave, but they did not seem perturbed by my presence.
However, after a while they did finally paddle off
I left them and headed in the opposite direction firstly along the shoreline and then climbing through the forest towards a road which would take me back to the Skåneleden and ultimately Östafors. However as I wandered through the forest I was startled by a bird flying away, after which I looked down and noticed the nest. I apologised profusely to the bird before moving quickly away, hopefully allowing the hen to return to the nest.
Soon I was on familiar territory following the Blekingleden/Skåneleden towards Östafors. I took my time to sit and admire the view from Boafall and it was during this time I began to plan other trips in this fascinating area.