Kust till Kustleden is one of Skåneleden's five long-distance hiking trails. It runs for 283 km from Sölvesborg on the east coast to Ängelholm on the west coast.
We hike through the beautiful landscape of southern Sweden on a total of 18 stages along the Kust till Kustledens. Our way leads horizontally through the whole of Skåne. The starting point is in the town of Ängelholm in the west, more precisely on the Bjäre peninsula, which is known for its striking coastline and the beautiful views over the Kattegatt. We walk east through a constantly changing landscape. On the way we are mostly on forest and gravel roads between woods and fields. But one also gets through extensive moor landscapes and past idyllic villages. Extensive, dark forests and many lakes are also on our way. Our destination is the town of Sölvesborg on the east coast of Skåne.
We start our tour at the train station in Sölvesborg, but leave the city immediately in a northerly direction. We follow the orange-coloured road markings along Järnvägsgatan/Köpmansgatan, keep left at the crossroads into Nicolaigatan and finally cross Yndevägen to Blekingevägen, which we cross straight ahead. Behind it, the path runs for about 1km through the forest before turning right through a small residential area and under the motorway. The next 10 km to the lake we hike slightly uphill towards the Rysseberget hill (155 m). In some places we can enjoy the view over the Listerlandet peninsula. Along the forest road we find again and again boulders - the remains of the shore line of an old glacial lake. Finally we approach the Grundsjön Lake, our first destination. For the overnight stay there is a small campground with water connection, as well as free firewood for the campfire.
Stage 2: Grundsjön - Östafors
From the campground at the lake Grundsjön we walk a short way back to the hiking trail, where we keep to the right. On narrow but well-trodden paths we cross the hilly Rysseberg plateau. Our path leads through extensive woodland and over stony fields close to the village of Näsum, where we can buy provisions if necessary. A short time later, on the right, we see the small village of Drögsperyd, which consists mainly of the typical red wooden houses. We continue straight ahead and soon meet an asphalted cycle and hiking trail, which we follow for the rest of the stage to the Östafors campsite. The rapids of the Holjeån River used to be the site of a hydroelectric power station and several small craft businesses.
Stage 3: Östafors - Bökestad
Near the campground Östafors we cross the Holjeån river on a narrow but stable wooden bridge and hike over a forest path first in flat, then in slightly ascending terrain. At one point a fence has to be crossed, as the path here leads over a pasture. Soon a light birch forest replaces the spruce thicket, we cross slightly swampy areas with the help of plank paths. The campground Bökestad at Raslången Lake, which we reach after about 10 km, is one of the most beautiful and probably also the most visited campground of Skåneleden, as it is reached by the hiking and canoeing trail.
Stage 4: Bökestad - Brotorpet
A wooden bridge leads from the campsite to the other side of Raslången Lake. Once we have crossed it, we hike north - partly along forest paths, partly along better developed farm roads. At the roadside we see again and again the remains of petrified trees. It is also worth looking for fossils here, as the area was washed over by the ocean for a long time. Even shark teeth have been found here. Our way continues between the lakes Filkesjön and Immeln, where we set up our camp for the night in Brotorpet. At the beautiful sandy beach of Immeln we let the evening fade away.
Stage 5: Brotorpet - Vesslarp
Today's path runs through the idyllic lake landscape of Schonens. We leave the campsite Brotorpet and follow the marked path to the north. After about 4 km we reach the settlement of Lilla Nyteboda. There we keep left, follow the Nytebodavägen for a short distance, then turn right and after crossing the road we find ourselves again on the hiking trail. To our stage goal, the campsite Vesslarp, it is still 7 km. We cross wider roads several times, but stay on the trail.
Stage 6: Vesslarp - Trollabackarna
On this stage, too, the trail leads from the campsite along forest paths. We cross swampy places with the help of wooden planks, in the further process the ways become slowly wider and better pedaled. We circumnavigate the Vesslarpssjön and pass houses more and more often, short stretches even have to be covered along the road. Our destination is a small resting place on the Trollabackarna plateau not far from the village of Glimåkra. There we can stock up if necessary.
Stage 7: Trollabackarna - Klinten
The first part of this stage leads on a path from the campsite through the forest on the Trollabackarna elevation. Soon we follow a wider path, the area is partially populated. At the first junction we turn right, then left twice and come back to a denser forest. After about 3.5 km we cross the road, then along the edge of the forest to Eskilstorpasjön. From there we continue over fields and finally along a narrow river to Osby, the former headquarters of the toy manufacturer BRIO, which is mainly known for its wooden railways. Our destination is the Klinten campsite, just south of Osbysjön.
Stage 8: Klinten - Verum
From the campsite we follow the Ebbarpsvägen into the village of Osby. At the first junction we turn left onto Kristianstadsgatan and follow a path along the banks of Osbysjön. On the Södra Portgatan we cross the railway line and pass the Lekoseum, the museum of the toy manufacturer BRIO. Here we have a short break including a sightseeing tour, then we continue straight on until the road turns into a hiking trail. Passing some last houses we come to a moor, which we cross on a dam. In the 1940s, peat was dried here, as the ditches along the road still testify today. Finally we cross the river Helge å. The forest is still dense, but it will become lighter the closer we get to our destination. In the village Verum the church from the 13th century is worth seeing, we come to the campground if we go a little further west.
Stage 9: Verum - Hårsjön
From the campsite we walk a short distance on a paved path, then a hiking path branches off to the right into the forest. At the first fork we keep right, at the next left. After a long field we turn left again twice and walk around an estate. We continue between fields and short woods past the lakes Skärsjön and Malmsjön. Soon after we meet a bigger road, which we follow a bit to the south before we leave it in a bend to the right on a narrower path, which leads down to the shore of Lake Vittsjön. Via Ubbaltsvägen we enter Vittsjö, keep left twice, then right and walk southwest along the road. To the campground in Hårsjö we partly walk over a gravel wall that was deposited here during the last ice age. According to tradition, this was the hiding place of the snapping cocks, a gang of criminals who hid at the roadside in the 17th century.
Stage 10: Hårsjön - Lärkesholm
From the campsite we walk about 1 km along the lake shore, then we turn left and through fields and small woods we come to an estate. The path branches off to the left again and then leads to Lake Gårdsjön. Passing several cottages and farmhouses we finally come to a forest road, which we follow up to Lake Värsjön. The Värsjön is one of the cleanest fishing waters in Sweden, but is also perfect for swimming. From here we continue, first along the lake shore, then through coniferous and deciduous forest sections to Lärkesholm.
Stage 11: Lärkesholm - Bjärabygget
Our stage starts at the Lärkesholm rest area and runs along the shore in a beech forest. We pass through a tunnel under the E4, then follow a wide hiking trail until we reach the shore of Lake Åsljungasjön. We circle the lake on the south-western side and make a short detour to Åsljunga, where we can buy some supplies if necessary. We leave the village on the main road and immediately turn right, where a hiking trail leads up to Åsljungaklint (162 m). Passing a hotel and conference centre, we continue through fields and wooded areas. Civilisation is never really far away - we pass houses and cottages again and again. After a short stretch along the road, the path leads along a plank path through swampy pastureland. After a small curve we have reached our destination, the campground Bjärabygget.
Stage 12: Bjärabygget - Koarp
From the campsite we walk a bit westwards and then cross the main road 24. We walk the next 15 km along narrow, stony paths over the hilly landscape at the former Swedish-Danish border. We walk the last few meters on a well-developed forest road and finally arrive at the camping site Koarp, where we get firewood, fresh water and a shelter for the overnight guests.
Stage 13: Koarp - Brammarp
From the campsite we follow the signs for Skåneleden or Hallandleden, which runs parallel here, through forests and moorland. Today's stage is 17 km long, the forest and plank paths are easy to walk through. The Brammarp campsite is a small area near the E20 motorway.
Stage 14: Brammarp - Körröd
From the campsite we go back to the motorway E20, through a tunnel we reach the other side. We follow the road a little to the north until we reach the Lannamärkesvägen on the left hand side. After a few metres we turn left again and reach a path that leads us in several arcs over open heath and moor landscapes. Remarkable is the rich flora and fauna and the beautiful view over the bay of Laholm. Our destination is the small camp Körröd on the outskirts of Båstad.
Stage 15: Körröd - Knösen
From the campsite we cross the railway line and get to Båstad. We cross Lyavägen, Vretvägen and Kungsbergsvägen towards the city centre. We continue via Galters Väg, Stationsterrassen and Havsbadsvägen to the beach. We walk directly along the shoreline to the harbour and come to the large tennis complex, where an ATP tournament with well-known international tennis stars takes place every year. The complex also includes a large hotel and a tennis museum. We continue northwest out of the city. We orient ourselves for the next 3 km always along the beach, then we turn once left and soon again right, where we meet a footpath, which brings us in several curves up to the campsite Knösen. From here we have a wonderful view over the beach and the Kattegat, as well as the nature reserve Englandsdal.
Stage 16: Knösen - Torekov
We leave the hill at the campsite Knösen and descend to the beach again. There we keep left and hike the next 9.5 km always near the shore to the campsite Torekov.
Stage 17: Torekov - Gryteskär
On easy beach paths our way leads from the campsite through the fishing village Torekov, and further in southern direction to the campsite Gryteskär.
Stage 18: Gryteskär - Ängelholm
We walk along easy paths along the coast from the campsite to the south and soon arrive at the bathing and health resort Vejbystrand. Sweden's first recovery clinic for tuberculosis patients was founded here. Via the fishing village Skrepparkroken we reach the harbour of Skälderviken. In the south we reach our final destination Ängelholm. First we follow the coastal path, then we turn left and go through a small forest directly to the railway station. Interesting is the local railway museum and the airfield, which was the base of the Swedish Air Force during the Second World War.
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Public transport friendly
By train from Malmö or Karlskrona to Sölvesborg railway station