In 2012 on my trip between Simrisham and Brösarp I passed through Drakamöllan Nature Reserve and was taken by the rolling heath covered hills and since that time it had been on my list to return. It took a while and once I started planning I noticed the adjacent Kumlan Nature reserve so an overnight trip was planned.
The weather was not great as I alighted from the bus, it was gray, windy and cold, not to be deterred I set off towards Kumlan Nature Reserve. I climbed over a number of stiles before reaching the high point with views to the south and east.
I sat there taking in the view and chatted with a local who described all the “rewilding” that was taking place in the area, especially the removal of the pine trees in the reserve.
Soon I was retracing my footsteps over the stiles before entering Drakamöllan Nature Reserve. The contrast here was clearly evident with Kumlan described as a series of sand steps, whereas Drakamöllan consists of rolling heath covered hills.
As I sat supping on my coffee I continued to admire the landscape as the mist waxed and waned in the swirling breeze.
It was getting late as I set off into the forest seeking refuge for the night.
I awoke to another misty morning and the wind seemed to have picked up. I descended from the Skåneleden onto the Backaleden, which I had followed in 2013 I quickly realised that the day would not be one for standing around as I followed the exposed high banks along the south side of the Verkeån. It was quiet as I headed eastwards, with only a pair of hawks scouring the landscape for food. In warmer weather it would be busier but would also in my opinion be a better option the Skåneleden. Ultimately, I descended to the stormy beach with the remains of coastal fortifications adjacent to the Ravlunda firing range evident.
I soon found shelter near some old fishermans huts and relaxed, before the final wander along the wind swept coastline to Vitemölla. It had been a short, cold, but enjoyable trip, which I would happily repeat, albeit in warmer weather when the heath was in flower.