Go for a ride with your bike and discover the beautiful Göinge forests around Hässleholm. If you do not have a bike of your own, you can rent one. At Hovdala Nature Area you find good alternatives for MTB-cycling.
Take your bike and explore the surroundings of Hässleholm. Both the Göinge route and the Northern forest route pass several popular sights in this area. The routes go mostly on lightly trafficked roads, through deciduous forests, meadowland and lake landscapes. Keep in mind that you will cross the highway at several points. The routes are not marked trails but you get detailed route descriptions further down at this page.
The Göinge route of 25 km starts in central Hässleholm. It will take you towards Ignaberga, up the slopes by the Nävlingeåsen ridge and the Göingeåsen ridge, and onwards to the Finjasjön lake before you turn back towards Hässleholm again. If you want a longer bicycle tour, you can continue on to Vinslöv, making the tour 50 km.
During the tour, we recommend stopping by Hovdala Castle to explore five centuries of history, and by Tykarpsgrottan cave with its enchanting pillared halls 12 metres below ground. Cycle the longer alternative to Vinslöv and you can enjoy the pelargonium greenhouse with nearly 700 species, and have an elderberry waffle at the coffee shop Flädergården just next to Pelargonium house. And before you leave Vinslöv, the outdoor swimming pool offers the opportunity of a quick dip on a hot summer’s day.
The Northern forest route of 45 km travels northwards from Hässleholm and explores the surroundings of Hästveda before turning back towards the town. There are several prime bathing spots along the way where you can take a refreshing swim or enjoy a break by the lakeside. If you want to visit the popular bathing spot by the Lursjön lake, the tour is extended by an additional
11 km. Here at Lursjöbaden there´s also a restaurant and possibilities to stay the night in a cabin or a tent.
The tour passes over relatively level ground, and is perfect for anyone with an interest in history and archaeological monuments. The trail takes you past the 12th century Vankica Church, and Farstorp Church which is considered one of the best-preserved medieval churches in the region. The Iron-Age grave field Mala stenar is also well worth a stop.
f you do not have a bike of your own, you can rent one at some sites in the area. Click here to get more information about bicycle rental. Opens in new window.
For those who like a tougher kind of cycling, out in the woods, there are good opportunities for MTB cycling at Hovdala Nature Area, south of Hässleholm. The competition Snapphanetrail, 37 kilometres, is by mountain-bike enthusiasts considered to be one of the best of its kind in Sweden. It is arranged every Autumn, but you can use the trail whenever you like throghout the year, but please notice - there are no signs along the trail and it ist not continuously maintained.
There is also a shorter trail of 7 kilometres in Mölleröd just to the north of the Finjasjön lake.
Maps of the trails are available at Medborgarkontoret in the City Hall of Hässleholm (Stadshuset) or at Hovdala Castle. Or download the maps here:
According to the Right of public access, it is possible to cycle gently in nature if you do not damage the ground. Avoid cycling with rough-treaded tires on fragile grounds, cycling on paths when the ground is wet and adjust your cycling style to the ground condition.
There is no general prohibition on cycling on hiking trails, but they are designed for those who walk or run. Therefore, you need to take it easy and know that those who run or walk have priority.
In the municipality's exercise track, however, it is prohibited to bicycle.
Take care of nature so we can all continue to enjoy it!
If you´d prefer a longer bicycleride you can go eastwards and visit Kristianstad, which was founded in 1614 by the Danish king Christian IV. There are still traces of this time, for example the Holy Trinity Church, which is called the most beautiful Renaissance building in the Nordic countries, as welll as the King's stable building which today is the Regional Museum.
Not far from the central part of town you find Naturum Vattenriket, which is a part of a biosphere reserve with a visitor center. This is well worth a visit and from here you can go canoeing or taking the safari boat on the river of Helge å.
Commuters between Kristianstad and Hässleholm mostly take the quickest cycle route along route 21. The alternative is smaller roads via Göingeåsen along pastures, forests and through smaller villages. If you want to cycle even further, you can take the way around Lake Finjasjön, south of Hässleholm. You can download the map at the Infopoint in Stadshuset, Hässleholm (the City Hall) or download it digitally further down on this page. The text in this map "Över åsarna" is unfotunately only in Swedish.
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