Welcome to check into Hovdala Hiking Centre, south of Hässleholm by Finjasjön Lake. Hiking the woods around Hovdala can be likened to being given the keys to thousands of large and small rooms just waiting to be discovered, each with its own charms and character. Awaken your senses. Listen, smell, spy, climb and let your imagination run wild. Hovdala is a place where you can get energy to your body and soul, in every season of the year.
The hiking system consists of the round-trip trails Höjdarnas höjdarled 22 km, Jakten på Gullspira 21 km, I Posta-Nillas spår 26 km and Finjasjöleden 20 km. Some of the trails are figure-eight shaped, suitable for full and half-day hiking. For those who do not want to go so far, there are shorter trails and walkways. Hovdalaleden 57 km is part of Skåneleden and is a combination of the very best of the round-trip trails. Here you can spend your time hiking and relaxing for several days, if you wish. There are wind shelters and rest areas with picnic tables and barbecue facilities close to the trails. If you would like to stay the night more comfortably there are accommodation possibilities and restaurants along the trails or more centrally in town.
Start your hike from Hovdala Castle with parking and information. Due to the opening hours of the castle there are also toilets, shop, restaurant and café. You can combine the trails´ half-day trails to create your own exciting full-day excursions and take a longer pause with a visit to the castle or the restaurant.
You can also get off to a good start from Resecentrum, the train station in the centre of Hässleholm. You will find trail signs for both I Posta-Nillas spår and Hovdalaleden/Skåneleden on both sides of the station area. After just a few kilometres you will arrive into forests and nature.
At Hovdala, each trail has a name and a symbol that connects to the trail’s character. The trails are marked with trail signs and colour markers on posts and trees. The Hovdalaleden trail is marked with signs of Hovdala gate tower and shows you where you are in the Hovdala Nature Area. The trail also forms a part of the Skåneled trail and is therefore marked with two additional variants of orange trail signs. If you come to a blank sign, keep following the trail straight ahead. If you come to a sign with hikers that turn right or left, the path changes direction and you follow the arrow.
You can get a map for free at Hovdala Castle - either in the mailbox on the information board at the parking lot or next to the gate tower. You can also download your hiking map here, as a pdf
Along Höjdarnas höjdarled trail you are rewarded with gorgeous panoramas from the east and west ridges where you can advantageously take your coffee breaks. The trail runs mostly on footpaths and minor roads. The scenery is varied with open meadows and hills with sheep paddocks, beech covered ravines and glens. The trail Höjdarnas höjdarled is in total 22 km long, the east part is 13 km and the west is 9 km.
The eastern portion begins at the old craftwork village Broslätt and continues along the ravine to Hammarmölledamm. Brönnestad stream, which lazily winds its way through the countryside on your way towards Brönnestad, where there are opportunities for horse riding on Icelandic horses. On the way up to Göingeåsen, you pass Posta-Nilla’s cottage, which has been moved from its original location, and the Cold War Rock Cavern. At the Göingeåsen campsite, there is wind shelter, toilets and a barbecue area if you want to stay overnight. Now there are still a number of beautiful views before reaching the castle.
The western part of Höjdarnas höjdarled trail, begins in the castle courtyard and the Conservatory at the castle. After a few kilometres, you will come to the Gold Coast with a walk along the shore. It directly takes you up to the gorgeous views of the Dalleröds klack and Hovdala Trädhus. The tour ends at Tullkvarn where you can see the gushing waters of the stream from the overlooking bridge.
The trail signs are blue. For the eastern part you start at the castle´s gate tower and walk south. If you rather prefer the western part you go north from the castle´s courtyard.
This trail´s name brings to mind the fable of a goat kid who escaped to experience many adventures before arriving safely back home again. We hope that you too will return with many new experiences and memories having hiked the Gullspira woods.
Hikers need to pay attention and be alert as this trail offers close encounters with somewhat wilder and more untouched environments. You step out into a virgin forest and follow walkways across damp marshes and bogs. Keep an eye out for volcanic remnants. The whole trail of Gullspira is 21 km in total, the west part is 12 km and the east is 9 km.
The western trail begins at a higher altitude and beautiful panoramic views at both Hovdala Trädhus and Dalleröds klack. You might expect to see a white-tailed eagle in the distance. The Glada Geten dairy farm is the perfect place to stop for coffee and a chance to shop for some locally produced goodies. This is Gullspira’s home, can you find her?
After a few kilometres you reach the bog and the wooden deck for a relaxing break or maybe yoga? Enjoy and feel the peace and quiet among common Cottongrass and hare´s-tail Cottongrass. Perhaps you’ll catch a glimpse of the “King of the Forest” along the way back towards Tullkvarn and the castle.
Along the east you pass the beautiful forest pond and the remains of Biblioteksruinen. While on the knoll over Hammarmölledamm is a perfect time for a coffee break. The trail continues past the ravine and traces of what was once the health spring “Hennes Nåds Källa”. Towards the end of the trail, you get the chance to feast your eyes on the breathtaking panoramas of the landscape from Äspehöjden.
The trail signs are white. For the eastern part you start at the castle´s gate tower and walk south. If you rather prefer the western part you go from the castle´s courtyard.
Get off the train, lace up your boots and start walking. Getting to the nature reserve here from the centre of Hässleholm is easy. Follow I Posta-Nilla’s spår trail from the city to scenic views and tranquillity. You walk past buildings that played a significant role in the city and countryside’s history. (Hässleholm was founded in 1914, but began life in 1860 as a railway station on the main north-south line with just a few houses on a heather-covered heath.) The trail I Posta-Nillas spår is in total 26 km long. The eastern and western parts of the trail are 13 km each.
This trail reminds us of of Posta-Nillas walks. Nilla Jönsdotter, so even called Posta-Nilla, carried the post for the Ehrenborg family to and from Hovdala for more than 50 years. During her long life, she estimates that she walked the equivalent of 4½ laps around the world.
The trail takes you to Magle Wetland, which is an eldorado for birdwatchers, flower lovers and strollers. You come to Trolldammarna – a nice oasis suitable for your first coffee of the day. Along Göingeåsen you will be greeted by a fair number of uphill sections, but in return the payoff will be a beautiful view of Hovdala plain and Finjasjön Lake before reaching Hovdala Castle. On the return leg back to the city, the trail passes by the place where Posta-Nilla once lived, just before the waterfall at Tullkvarn. Towards Hovdala Treehouse, you will then walk through flowering pastures with grazing cows. From here you go through forests where white anemones bloom near Finjasjön north towards Hässleholmsgården, dating back to the Middle Ages, which has given the city its name. Today the farm has been converted to a space for a youth hostel and a popular meeting place for events.
The trail signs are red. You start and end at Resecentrum, the train station in the centre of Hässleholm, or from the courtyard at Hovdala Castle. You will find the trail signs on both sides of the station area.
The Finjasjöleden trail is 20 km long and follows paths and minor roads through lush lakeside forests, past bathing spots and settlements. You are never far from the lake on this trail and you are regularly treated to pleasant views of the water.
Along the Finjasjöleden trail you will find “Europe’s rainforest” by Sweden’s longest alder marsh walkway, Sweden’s oldest settlement and Slingra Dig, an architect-designed bird platform. With the help of binoculars, you can see some of the shorebirds and some of the other species that thrive here, such as the Eurasian curlew, common snipe, redshank and the peewit. Make a detour to the ruins of Mölleröd castle with a newly restored moat.
Beside the trail is Skyrup Golf & Hotell. Here you can have a good lunch and spend the night.
You can start your hike on Finjasjöleden trail with a visit at Hovdala castle, where you also find good parking possibilities. Then follow the trail I Posta-Nillas spår to the west, and after a few kilometres you´ll even pass Hovdala Tree House. You can also start walk from the castle to the north along Höjdarnas höjdarled towards Guldkusten, and you´ll then connect to Finjasjöleden trail.
The trail signs are pink.
A new feature of the Dammslingan trail will be ready in autumn 2018. The trail is currently 2.9 km, but after the redirection it will be about 4 km.
Experience the cultural heritage around Broslätt which was once Hovdala’s craft town. The trail continues along the ravine up to Hammarmölledamm, which gave the trail its name. You pass Biblioteksruinen, which are the remains of a library and the “erimitage” that Michael Ehrenborg’ started as his intended place of seclusion. Finish the walk with the picnic basket and views of the area. From here you can see both the castle´s gate tower and out over beautiful Äspehöjden.
The trail signs on posts and trees are blue. Do not let the lighter blue trail signs for Höjdarnas höjdarled confuse you.
This loop will be included as part of the next feature of Dammslingan, which will be ready in autumn 2018. The current yellow signs on posts and trees are valid until then.
This trail, which is named after the son of Lord Ehrenborg of Hovdala Manor, follows the well-trodden paths across soft beech wood slopes with glimmering streams. At certain times during the year you may even be lucky enough to experience the sounds of rushing waterfall. This trail offers lovely views of the Finjasjön valley and passes the Biblioteksruinen ruins, remnants of the old crafts village Broslätt and the Trinta lycka pig paddock.
Walk through “Europe’s rainforest” while keeping your feet dry thanks to Sweden’s longest alder marsh walkway, 1.6 km. Alder marsh forests are rich in biodiversity and exceedingly wet, meaning that they are often difficult for visitors to access. You pass Sweden’s oldest human settlement where 14,000-year-old flint objects have been discovered. Small roads transport you from the medieval Finja church to today’s recreated lakeside meadows.
The trail signs are red. Alslingan is part of the Finjasjöleden trail and Hovdalaleden trail.
Take your dog on a playful walk and exercise using the natural features of the site. The dog-walker’s trail follows parts of the Finjasjöleden trail and passes through Dalleröds broad-leaf forest. Keep your dog on a lead during the walk. At the start of the dog-walkers’ trail on the Gold Coast there is a larger enclosure for your dog´s playful activities.
The trail signs are lime-green.
Hässleholmsgården is a youth hostel, a popular meeting place for events and a gym with access to changing rooms and a sauna. The farm, which dates back to the 1500s has given the city its name. The 10-km trail extends west to Alslingan and the ruins of the Mölleröd castle.
Lit trail in hilly terrain next to the alleys at Tormestorpsåsen. Ski trails in wintertime.
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