Österlenleden: Nybrostrand - Löderups Strandbad

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Here you are met by a landscape with rolling hills, open pastures and an unhindered view over the Baltic Sea. Wander along the coast or along the crest of the hill. Ancient formations can be found along the way.

Nature
Along a sandy coastal path, you walk past Nybrostrand. East of the village you have a choice. Follow the coast on small roads and paths through Kabusa rifle range or choose the narrow, but busy road towards Hammar. The pastures at Kabusa contain sand dunes and dry grasslands with an interesting flora and the rare tawny pipit.
There are also various route options along the 10 kilometre long Kåsebergaåsen ridge. You can follow the top of the grazed ridge or wander closer to the shore. Count on having a few fences with stiles to climb over.
Kåsebergaåsen ridge was created by the retreating ice some 15000 years ago. The sides are constantly being shaped by the sea and the slope is getting steeper all the time. The slopes contain the unusual sandy steppe habitat with sweet smelling herbs and lots of butterflies. It is a good place to watch migrating sea birds in the spring.
Part of the ridge consists of the well-known Hammars Backar. Here you can revel in the delights of cowslip, pasque flower and many sweet smelling herbs.
The last stretch before the end of this section follows roads on the outskirts of Loderups Strandbad and along a footpath past the species rich heathlands of Backåkra and into the coastal woodland in Hagestad Nature Reserve.

Cultural History
Kåsebergaåsen boasts the largest stone monument in the shape of a ship in Sweden - Ales Stenar (Ale's Stones). The 59 stones are an unusual collection containing different rock types and patterns. How they got here and why remains a mystery.
The traditional farm with four long houses at Backåkra was bought by Dag Hammarskjöld, the UN Secretary General between 1953 and 1962, in order to conserve the unusual heathland. There is a meditation site with a peaceful view at the location where he planned to build a chapel.
Löderups Strandbad is built on old seabed. The waves from the sea take parts of the shore, and sometimes even buildings with them. A large amount of the fine sand is then deposited at Sandhammaren, a few kilometres to the east.

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