Skåneleden Trail SL4 Sections 1, 2, 3 & 4

“Just as I was about to exit the military zone I had to walk through the centre of a cow herd to exit. After my hike last month, where I got stampeded, I was pooping my pants and I had my safety whistle ready to blow. But these cows must be eating more than grass because they were pretty dopey and I walked straight through”

Friday 2018 June 15

All trains were cancelled between central station and the airport, which is the last stop before Sweden. I kept a watchful eye on the electronic billboard for train times, but after several cancellations the message finally was displayed that due to a signal error all trains to the airport were cancelled until further notice. What to do? From central I caught a train to the Metro station and from there a metro to the airport. From the airport I could take another train to Sweden. About an extra 1 ½ hours travel time! Thank you DSB.

I arrived at Ystad in Sweden at 6 pm, after an eventful train journey from Copenhagen. Luckily the weather was great with no rain and only little wind, which was enough to keep the bugs away.

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I walked for an hour or so until I found a table and some chairs, where I decided to prepare and eat my dinner.

 

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Dinner was my own dehydrated meal: tuna, rice and vegetables with a cream sauce. This was the first time that I had tried to dehydrate fish and it was a success!

 

 

 

This is a new concept for me to eat before I get to camp. One of the reasons was because I needed to “stealth camp” tonight and I wanted to make minimum impact on my chosen site. I wanted to erect my shelter just before dark and I planned to rise early so as to disappear like I was never there.

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camp day one

Saturday 2018 June 16

As planned, I woke early, about 6:30 am, and was on trail at 7 am. I just woke up and packed, no breakfast. This was a new concept for me too. I wasn’t far from Nybrostrand caravan park and when I passed through the park I asked one of the staff members if I could tank up with water somewhere. He pointed me to a toilet block with a drinking water tap on the corner. Here, I decided to eat breakfast and I could also fill up my water bottles too, this was going to be a good day!

By 8 am I was on trail again and it wasn’t long before I found the entrance to the Swedish military shooting range (Kabusa Gunnery range). The firing range is used by the Southern Swedish Regiment. The shooting range was open. If it is closed due to military exercises then you have to go around on the inland route.

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The entrance to the Kabusa Gunnery range

 

When the military zone is not closed off it is not only open to walkers and hikers but the local farmer let’s his cows out to graze too. Just as I was about to exit the military zone I had to walk through the centre of this cow herd below to exit. After my hike last month, where I got stampeded, I was pooping my pants and I had my safety whistle ready to blow. But these cows must be eating more than grass because they were pretty dopey and I walked straight through.

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Exiting the shooting range, I found my way up to the highest point and on the edge of a cliff. I could look back at the bay area where I had come from, there was nobody else here and it was a great feeling. This is why I do this.

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I looked back at the bay area where I had come from, there was nobody else here and it was a great feeling … this is why I do this. The small structures that you can see are used by the military for their exercises. They look a bit like that they are straight out of an old western film.

 

From here you just follow the coastline. I lost the track a couple of times as the blazers were nearly non-existent and when I did find some they were old, faded and pooped on by the birds. But it was no issue as you just follow the coastline … no getting lost here. I made my way towards Kåseberga. At this location there was Ale’s Stones  (Ales Stenar): a megalithic monument in a stone ship, oval outline dating back to the Nordic Iron Age around 1400 years ago. I didn’t take a photo of the stones as there were too many tourists crawling all over them. 😫

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The view towards Kåseberga … very pretty! Ale’s Stones were out to the left in the distance.

 

After Kåseberga I walked down to the little fishing village and here I stopped for lunch. I didn’t buy anything, although I was very tempted, with salmon burgers, ice-cream and all sorts of nice things. I was able to tank up on water supplies though, which was much needed as the sun was beating down today.

From the fishing village the trail took me down off the ridge-line that I had been following and you walk by the water’s edge on stones. The stones were flat and firm at first and they were a pleasure to walk on, but after a couple of kilometres that soon changed and it became increasingly difficult to traverse.

Just before Löderups strandbad the trail takes you away from the seaside and into a nature reserve, which was populated with really annoying flies that wouldn’t leave me alone. There was no wind, so there was no help there to keep the flies away. I was happy to exit the nature reserve and make my way down to Sandhammaren on the coast again. At Sandhammaren there was a little shop where I purchased an ice-cream and a cold drink. I took a half hour break here too.

From Sandhammaren the trail takes you out right on the beautiful white, wide and sandy beach. I was intending on finding a camp site somewhere around Borrby strandbad, but there were no locations to find. So onward I walked.

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From Sandhammaren the trail takes you out right on the beautiful white, wide and sandy beach.

 

Just before Skillinge and after 35 km for the day, I found a little forest, where I made camp for the night. I was very tired and so it was on with the usual camp routine of erecting the shelter, make dinner, clean teeth and go to bed. It was also important for me to make minimal impact on the environment and practicing “leave no trace” principles is important to me.

I slept very comfortably on my Ultralight Sleeping System (630 grams). For full details please refer to the YouTube video below or press the link above to see the article on my blog.

 

When I first went to bed I could hear the forest mice running around under the leaves on the ground. It was a good thing I hung my food bag I thought. Through the night it rained heavily, which kept me awake some of the time. Although I could still keep the door open on my Zpacks Duplex without any rain coming in. By morning the Duplex was dry and all I had to do was wipe down the leaves that had settled on the fabric.

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Just before Skillinge and after 35 km for the day, I found a little forest, where I made camp for the night.

Sunday 2018 June 17

I awoke at 5:30 am and packed. I was on trail at 6 am. Breakfast consisted of oatmeal bars and water to drink. Coffee would have to wait. I had a pleasant walk up the coastline towards Simrishamn. I took some nice photos of the sun coming through the clouds and some of the local flora.

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At 8:44 am I arrived at the train station at Simrishamn and I noted that a train was there waiting to depart. I checked quickly on my APP. It was scheduled to depart in one minute. So as I ran towards the train, I purchased my ticket on the APP. Remembering that the “you must purchase and activate your ticket before entering the train” warning signs, I activated my ticket as I entered through the train doors. About 30 seconds later the train departed.

When I arrived at Copenhagen central station a couple of hours later, I purchased a strong coffee and a bread roll with cheese on it. Breakfast and coffee at last!

My Ultralight Gear List here.

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