E6: Along the North South Trail

The Nord-sydleden runs from Hårsjö in the north of Skåne to Malmö and further south to Trelleborg the trail also forms part of the E6 walking route which connects Kilpisjärvi in Finland with Alexandroupolis in Greece, a length of around 6300 km.  But for me it was a shorter trip from Löberöd to Malmö. I was fortunate with the weather as there were 3  days of glorious sunshine. The trail south from Löberöd passes through an ever changing landscape including farmland where the Rapeseed crops with their striking yellow flowers are visible from many kilometres away.

 

South of Löberöd

 

I stopped for morning tea at Höghult shelter and was impressed by the wooden water race that sat below the hand pump, someone had taken their time to make it.

 

Water channel Höghult

 

Perhaps that is because the woodshed was padlocked and they needed some kindling for the fire.

 

Woodshed

 

On the side of the shelter, and the only location I found one, was a sign indicating the E6.

E6 and Nord Sydleden

 

The efforts, at all levels that fund and support the maintenance of these marked trails, and the shelters should be commended and supported wherever possible. Leaving the shelter and the locked woodshed, I continued my journey southwards, passing through farmland and stands of forest. The birds were active and apart from the occasional vehicle on nearby roads it was quiet. The trail took me past the oldest bridge in Skaåne before following a newly mown grass trail around a paddock, I wondered how long would it last. The next barbed wire fence was the answer.

 

Oldest stone bridge (1759) in Skåne

 

Clambering over the stile making sure not to touch the electrified barbed wire fence I was now in a lush green grassy paddock and my mind turned to ticks. There was no way to avoid the long grass in such warm conditions and it appeared to me that the trail, or perhaps better described as the marked route followed the western bank of the ______ and without the nearby fence it could have been a pleasant walk. However, I also noticed the Petasites Japonicas foliage these large trumpet leave shaped plants spread quickly especially near watercourses and are evident in many of the places I wander.

As I wandered a little further I was confronted by the following sign

No more tanks

 

I thought to myself the Swedish Defence forces have come up with a new strategy for stopping invasions, just tell them not to come. Maybe I should have paid heed to the sign as I was soon confronted by about 6 soldiers pointing guns in my direction. They were spreadeagled in the long grass, I wondered if soldiers worry about ticks, and were in full camouflage including the regulation shrubbery growing from their helmets. What gave them away was someone chatting away a little distance further back. I laughed and kept walking knowing that my pacer poles would win any battle with an AK5. I also noticed 2 dark silhouetted figures in the fork of a tree nearby, I hoped they did not think they were invisible.

So now I was passing by Krankesjön, with its bird viewing platforms and towers, as I sat eating lunch I could hear the tanks rumbling along the trails nearby as well as the occasional explosion. I wondered if the tanks, or at least their drivers, obeyed the signs. Given my experience with drivers in Denmark, I somewhat doubted it, but there again Swedish drivers do stop for you are on a pedestrian crossing.  As I continued along the old railway line embankment I was soon in Torna Hällestad waiting for a train. More importantly though it was a pleasant spot to sit and relax in the afternoon sunshine.

Waiting for a train

 

Leaving the station and after a short sharp climb I was entering Knivsås-Borelunds nature area and I was now wandering through a beautiful forest along the ridge towards the main road where I had started my previous walk. Crossing the highway I was now on familiar territory and with evening approaching I was also looking forward to my planned campsite with its views to Malmö. But first I needed to pass through Björnstorp again with it Dresscyklin railway where you can ride the rails, as long as you pedal.

 

Dressincyklar Björnstorp

 

An alternate view

Dressincyklar Björnstorp 1

 

Not long after I was climbing up onto Rommelllllll and then located my campsite for the night, this time it would be with my Stratospire as the Notch was in for an update.

 

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I awoke late to another sunny and warm morning and took my time enjoying coffee and the view, much of todays walk would take in the area I and visited just a few weeks ago.  However, now the forests were green and the varying colours provided a never ending visual spectacle as I walked.

 

Häckeberga

 

Passing through Risens nature reserve I followed the road now bordered by rapeseed flowers on one side and Beech trees pn the other.

 

On the road to Glamberga

 

Arriving at Glamberga shelter, I immediately thought what a beautiful spot, but as the next jet departed Malmö airport (Sturup) directly overhead I soon had a change of heart. I was in for a surprise as I approached the fireplace discovering 4 sausages sitting on the grill with the hot coals underneath. I looked around expecting to see someone fishing or evidence of some one but no, there was no one just 4 sausages. What would you do?

 

Sausages

 

After lunch, and the passing of several more jets I continued south and eastwards to Eksholmssjön, with its beautifully located shelter adjacent to the lake, it was here that I also noticed the mosquito activity had increased, later after passing by the Bokskogens golf course. I entered the forest, avoiding a small grass snake, I located a spot for the night.

 

The following morning I entering the beautiful township of Torup with its extensive outdoor play area, its castle  grounds and numerous coffee and eating places. It was early so most of the coffee shops were closed but I can visualise the are as being a hive of activity at the weekends. Soon, I was heading out of town and into the forest being quickly reminded that Malmö, the crime city, was 15 km away.

 

Malmö 15

 

I passed the PGA Sweden National Golf course with it expansive grounds and innumerable marquees, which was to be the home of the Nordea Masters at the end of the month. Later, chatting with a strawberry seller before commencing the final section along an old railway line.

 

Rail trail

 

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