“A circular footpath on the Hallandsås ridge with a sense of the coast. Rolling hills, tall beech woodlands and deluxe panoramic landscapes await you here.”
August 26th 2017
Departed Copenhagen 7:30 AM and drove towards Ängelsbäcksstrand in Sweden. The drive took me approximately 2 hours. It started to rain about 15 minutes before arrival and some of the showers were full on downpours. I found the car parking area that I had passed through on my last visit up this way. I got myself organised and was ready to go within minutes after arrival. I only needed my trekking umbrella up for about 500 meters and then the rain stopped. It did not start raining again until the next day when I arrived back at the car. Someone was really looking after me. 😇
I headed south in the direction of Vejbystrand and this section is called SL1 section 18. Walking conditions were perfect. Following the trail south, which follows the coastline, you walk through fenced off areas with livestock. Be careful to dodge all the cow poop.
I passed Gryteskär shelter area, which is where I camped last month, when I was here. Further down the coast, about 3 km after Gryteskär, I reached Vejbystrand and turned off section 18 and headed across sections 19 & 20 towards Örlid. This was the worst part of this hike; a fair bit of road walking!
After walking past Förslöv, I reached Hålehall where I could top up my water bottle. There is no need for a water filter on this circle trail as there are plenty of places to resupply. The road walking ceases at the base of the ascent to Hålehall and totalled about 10.5 km from Vejbystrand! Elevation at Hålehall is 140 m, so I had some great views up there. It was also in this area I found a lovely spot on the Hallandsåsen ridge to sit, with a view, and eat lunch.
After consumption of my lunch, I hiked on section 20 from Hålehall. This was one of the prettiest parts of the trail. Approximately 9 km from Hålehall, section 20 comes to an end at Örlid at elevation 178 m.
From here you are entering a nature reserve. The sign says 7.4 km to Båstad, which was my destination for today.
This section takes you through the Älemosse wetland where you walk on a long boardwalk through heath on both sides of the trail. This attracted a lot of insects too!
The section ends at Båstad, but first you have to walk down a steep slope to the campsite. Elevation at the Båstad shelter area was 64 m. Total distance travelled today was 33 km.
When I arrived, I was the only one there. There isn’t much room at all up at the site. I managed to erect my Duplex not far from the shelter on the only flat area and only enough room for my shelter. I managed to make camp and do all the routine chores associated with camp life; dinner, listen to some podcasts, clean my teeth ready for bed etc.
At around 08:30 PM four Danes arrived. They had hiked to another shelter but it was in use by som German hikers, so they had called a taxi and arrived back at their car, where they drove over and invaded my site. I was on my way to bed anyway, so it was okay. Not long after I had gone to bed, a couple of German hikers turned up and soon there was shining of headlamps, a lot of discussing on a suitable tent site etc. They had even entertained the idea of erecting their tent right up next to mine. I knew that would not be possible, so I turned off my podcast that I was listening to and tried to follow the conversations. Finally, they decided that it would not be a good idea. Next morning I discovered that they had placed their shelter down the slope not far from the WC.
August 27th 2017
I awoke just before 6.00 AM. It was a beautiful morning. I had camped under the cover of some trees, so my shelter was nice and dry. At 07:15 AM I had eaten breakfast, downed my morning coffee and packed.
Leaving the shelter, you walk on sealed and dirt roads again and this section heading back to the car at Ängelsbäcksstrand is section 21. I only had 14 km to cover today and about 11 km of them were on roads again!
As it was nice and early there was just about no-one about. I met one guy walking his dog, some cows, a deer and I startled a hare.
Approximately 3 km from the car park the trail enters a nature reserve at Grevie. This was such a lovely area and with elevations of 88 m I had some great morning views of the coastline.
At 10:00 AM I arrived back at the car. Total kilometers hiked for my little adventure was 47.9 km. I really love this area and it definitely won’t be the last time I hike here. About two minutes after arrival, it started to rain.
I was back in Copenhagen at noon and managed to see Formula 1 in TV.