Unfortunately, there will be no more firewood put out at the campsites this season - due to theft. Please bring your own if you plan to set a warming fire or cook your meals during your hike.
(updated September 13)
From August 22 the Alslingan trail is no longer available as shown in hiking maps. It will be rerouted due to changed agreements with landowners. Hikers along Finjasjöleden and Hovdalaleden trails are redirected to and from Finja village by red signposts in nature and according to the map below. A shorter section of the walkway remains south of the closed trail. The municipality of Hässleholm is working to find a new passage through the alder marsh forests.
We are reviewing our printed maps of Hovdala Hiking Centre and also our service on the website and out in nature. But we need your help! If you have a few minutes to spare, we would appreciate you comments and ideas. Before November 15 the survey is available and two respondents can win a small hiking kit. Thanks for your help!
The Hovdala Nature area to the south of Lake Finjasjön is a former estate that is currently being developed to become a destination with high-class Skåne culture and nature. The presence of the military over a period over many years has created a unique landscape. With the sand being left exposed, a desireble environment could be created for a large number of rare spices of flora and fauna.
The countryside at Hovdala is varied and exciting, with vaste panoramas, dense forests, hills and valleys. Large numbers of butterflies, moths and bees are attracted to the warm, sandy fields. The open expanses host wild garden plants such as bistort, musk strawberry and motherwort.
Experience the River Hovdalaån valley with its unique combination of nature and culture - ravines, waterfalls, dams and beech forest alongside the old craftsmen´s village of Broslätt. The valley offers habitats to some of the most diverse ranges of bats in Sweden. The River Hovdalaån is also home of the protected freshwater pearl mussel, which is threatened with extinction.
The beautiful area of Dalleröd hosts broad-leaf forests with alders on the harsh rocky base of gneiss and calcareous earth. Small wooded slopes creep over the hillside, and trees such as beech, oak, European hornbeam and ash are common. The ground is decorated with buttercup anemone, unspotted lungwort, yellow archangel, herb paris, golden saxifrage and ostrich fern, which is the biggest fern in Sweden. The area is rich in birdlife, including the lesser-spotted woodpecker.
...offers a unique opportunity to anyone who wants to experience the countryside at close quarters.
Thanks to the swedish right of public access, everyone is free to explore the countryside, on both land and water. This opportunity demands care and consideration to land and landowners, and to nature and animals.
There are certain thing You must bear in mind when You are out walking, camping, picking flowers or doing anything else in the countryside.
The watchwords are: do not disturb - do not destroy!
Find out more about your obligations when visiting Swedish forests and nature, protected areas and much more, from Naturvårdsverket, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.
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