Skåneleden part 4 of 12. Along footpaths and small roads you travel through a beautiful and varied landscape. Grazed coastal meadows, exciting rock faces and picturesque fishing villages, one after the other.
The fourth section follows gentle footpaths over coastal meadows with grazing animals and along narrow coastal roads past summer houses and beaches.
Along this section you can travel back several hundred million years back in time, at least in your mind. At the edge of the water at Gislövshammar you can find the remains of an extinct octopus and south of Nabben, black clumps from prehistoric algae and seaweed. At Brantevik there are ancient markings, which are 570 million years old and are formed from the waves from an ancient sea. In the harbour you can find a stone with giant markings, which cannot be identified.
When you pass the open grassy heath at Norrekås keep your eye out for the sun-loving rarities such as dwarf everlasting and sand pink. North of Skillinge the countryside is lavish with ancient pastures, small woodlands and bare rocks down towards the shoreline. During the spring and autumn, this is a good place to watch the sea bird migration. Just south of Brantevik there is the only site in the country for the moss Tortula randii.
A few kilometres from the Trail, you can find the most well preserved medieval manor in Scandinavia; Glimmingehus. The building is more than 500 years old and unusually well preserved because it was used as the store house for the Glimminge estate for several hundred years.
The most important source of income was fishing and all along the coast there are good fishing locations. Many of these have developed into the fishing villages you see today. In the majority of the fishing villages you can wander around in the associated harbour, but at Örnahusen you need to keep an eye out for the stone quays, an old underwater construction with channels where the boats can come in and moor up.
Other historical remains along this section include the millstone quarrying at Gislövshammar, mining a bit to the north and rock carvings just south of Simrishamn.
Take note of the characteristic double doors and white grout on the roof when you walk through the town of Simrishamn.