Österlenleden: Simrishamn – Kivik

Address: 27231 Simrishamn Show map

Address: 27231 Simrishamn

Skåneleden part 5 of 12. A varied section over sandy beaches, stony coastal meadows and woodland covered cliffs. You can find “eel huts”, rocks with strange formations and Stenshuvud National Park. Feast on the orchards and the art.

At Tjörnedala you walk through a recreation area with a herb rich broadleaved woodland, grazed pastures, orchids, pasque flowers and cowslips. According to Linnaeus, this was one of the most beautiful woodlands in the country.
Just to the north you walk past a sand stone flower with petals that are half a metre thick - Prästens badkar (the Priest's Bath). It is said that the priest used this formation as a bath.
At Vik the Trail turns inland and passes by hills and fields. The beach below is swallowed up by the sea and is only accessible at very low water.
Walking along the shore at Knäbäckshusen and into the national park are tougher parts of the Trail and the climb up the hill Stenshuvud makes your pulse race. Dry sandy heaths, wet alder carrs and orchid meadows lie down below. From the top of the hill you can see out over the Hanöbukten bay. There are unusual birds, insects and frogs in the national park.
To the north you come across a couple of arboreta with exotic tree species and the Esperöd Oak. The last part towards Kivik is confined to the road with small pastures and an abandoned quarry where small rare animals flourish.

Cultural History
This section takes you the through fishing villages of Baskemölla and Vik, characteristic of Skåne, where the population lived off fishing and farming.
In between these two villages, you pass through the rural landscape around Tjörnedalagården, shaped by hay cutting and grazing. On the hill to the southeast of the farm, there is a cholera graveyard from 1855.
About a hundred years ago, the whole coastal area was grazed and the woodland re-established during the 1900s. Here and there you can see trees with spreading crowns, which grew up when there was enough space to extend out.
Just above the shore, you find Knäbäckshusen, three fishing sheds, which were moved here in 1956 from Ravlunda rifle range.
Stenshuvud is an ancient rural landscape, which is still grazed. When you walk up towards the top you pass a 210m long wall, the remains of an old hill fort. It originates from the time of the Great Migration, from 400-550 AD.
Close to Kivik you pass remains from the Bronze Age. The most well-known is Kungagraven; a burial cairn with beautiful rock carvings.

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