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Kullaleden

Lots of sand and lots of salt, a valuable nursery for birds, fish and everything in between. Walk along coastal footpaths and roads along the shallow bay. An old fashioned coffee house, an historic listed brick factory with bronze sculptures and the best kind of swimming in the sea


Kullaleden is a trail around the Kullahalvön peninsula from Helsingborg to Utvälinge via Kullaberg in Southern Sweden.
Kullaleden is 70 km long, and offers a great variety of experiences along the way. Here you find everything including the medieval city centre of Helsingborg, beautiful views over the straits from the plateau heights, the well-known Sofiero Palace, Kulla-Gunnarstorp and Krapperup Estates, beaches and picturesque seaside villages, and Kullaberg’s dramatic cliff formations. Kullaleden is certified according to the European Ramblers’ Association’s (ERA) criteria for being a Leading Quality Trail.
 Nature reserves exist along large portions of the trail. Within these reserves, specific codes of conduct exist in order to protect their natural and recreational values – camping is for example prohibited. For more information, read the signs for each individual reserve or on www.lansstyrelsen.se
Gradings:
From Mölle to Kullen Lighthouse and back to Arild:
Undulating terrain, steep sections on nature trails exist. (+)
Other:
Easy – Varied terrain with only minor height differences, more than 50% of the stretch runs on nature trails. (-)
In the city there will be stairs.
Kullaleden is marked with orange signs.

There are accommodations in all categories along the walking path. It will be easy and comfortable to walk between hotels, hostels and B&Bs for several days. Of course there will be assistance for luggage transportation.
Along the trail, there are also simple overnight sites with wind shelter, water and toilets available.

Kullaleden is connected with direct train from Copenhagen Central station/Airport to Helsingborg. From here there are commute buses to all the fishing villages and towns alongside Kullaleden trail.
Start with a short walk to the medieval tower Kärnan, and from there you will find the first trail head board and orange markings.

With the exception of the trails around Kullaberg you can divert from the trail at any point to make a short walk to a bus stop. The stretch is served by yellow regional buses from Höganäs, Ängelholm and Helsingborg’s central station (Knutpunkten). Green city buses run between Helsingborg and Sofiero Palace, Hittarp and Domsten. The Skanetrafiken travel planner includes all stops and timetables, and the application needed to download and buy a mobile ticket. Yellow buses also accept Visa & Mastercard credit cards.
Traffic Planner: www.
skanetrafiken.se

More info at www.kullaleden.se

 

 

Utvälinge to Arild and the northern gate to Kullaberg cliffs.

Some two hundred million years ago, when south western Skane was on its way away from the rest of Sweden, the earth's crust stretched out and cracks were left across the whole of Skane. At Kullen two parallel cracks were formed, the bedrock sunk down on each side and the horst known as Kullaberg remained. After this, a network of transversal cracks have made parts of the hill weaker, the sea has eroded these parts and created bays, tunnels, sea stacks and around twenty caves.

Star your walk from Utvälinge with the Kullaberg as your reward in the horizon! On this southern point of the bay Skälderviken the sea is shallow and the water unusually salty.  Both the bay and the lagoons are exclusive nurseries for different kinds of fish fry. The large numbers of small animals attract birds, so don't forget your binoculars.The mouth of the River Vegeaan and the island of Sandön always provide an insight into the lives of ducks, waders and gulls.On the coastal meadows between Norra Häljaröd and Jonstorp you can botanise among the plants. On the headland east of Farhultsbaden there are rare plants such as marsh gentian and deergrass.At Farhultsbaden you wander alongside the sea and soft dunes.
Jonstorp is a well-known place amongst archaeologists. In the Stone Age, the island of Kulla had a narrow spit and the opportunities for fishing and hunting for seals was excellent. Thousands of flint axes, arrowheads and other tools which have been dug up, have revealed a great deal about Stone Age man's life and choices. Next to the village, you go through the beautiful countryside of Revet. If you visit in April, the pastures are a sea of pasque flowers.
Experience Kullaberg from below! The otherwise secret bays draw you in and reveal their treasures. To glide in a virtually silent sea kayak in this environment is to say the least a delight. There are kayaks for hire at Jonstorp for the experienced and courses for beginners.
West of Jonstorp, the hill begins to appear, the slope begins to rise and the 1700 million year old bedrock of gneiss lies in front of you. The plains around Kullaberg however, rest on sandstone and shale, laid down a couple of hundred million years ago.
At Bökebäck you walk through woodland and across pastures, a tiny conserved fragment of what was once the enormous common grazing land called Kulla fälad. The view out over the pebble beach, the huge area of shingle and Skälderviken is enchanting.
The fishing village of Arild is without doubt the oldest, dating back to
the Middle Ages. Originally it was used as a temporary village during the fishing season. To maintain the fishermen's godliness, a fisherman's chapel was built where services could also be held during the fishing season. Find the little chapel, which was described in the 1400s and is one of the few remaining from that time.

At several places along the coast, you can see that the ground undulates like waves. The banks run parallel with the shore and there are obvious examples at Nabben and at Strandhagen in Arild. These are the many thousand years old remains from the Littorina sea: a stage in the development of the Baltic sea. Large rounded grave mounds which are placed in honourable places such as up high or near to water. Nabbahögarna mounds are just a few of the many here, as Kullaberg is unusually rich in Bronze Age remains.
Picturesque fishing village are all very well, but it is west of Arild where the adventure really begins. Here you step into Kullaberg Nature Reserve with cliffs, caves, endless woodland and horizon. You walk through beech and oak woodland where carpets of wood anemone spread out before you in the spring and barren pine woodland planted around the turn of the 20th century. Here and there you travel over rocky areas with juniper bushes and low growing woodland, which are the remains of an historic pasture where the grazing was so hard that the whole crown of the hill lay bare.
You can see for miles from the highest point of the hill at Håkull, 185 metres above sea level.
Cave people, fishermen, smugglers and mosses have one thing in common; they have all sought shelter in the caves of Kullaberg. Flints from Stone Age man, bones from fishing in the Iron Age and all sorts of items dropped by tourists over the last 150 years, have been found here. The humid environment makes it a good haunt for unusual mosses.

At the visitor and information centre at Kullaberg you can find out more about the Kullen, everything between the sky and the deep blue sea. From the stories of the boulders to the salt water aquarium which contains diverse oddities. Take one step further, follow a snorkel or dive trail and meet common seals, cuckoo wrasse, brittle and basket stars in the wild. If you would like a guide, there are several options.Awaken the tracker in you! The high point north of the information centre is a good place to spot porpoises, maybe a pair of kestrels nesting on the cliff shelves or a peregrine falcon which sweeps by.