The recreation area is situated on a horst called, Hörjaåsen, which was formed 70 million years ago. Cowberry and heather grow in the dry pine woodlands. Mosses are really all that can survive in the dark spruce woodlands. The vegetation is almost tropical around the River Rökeån. Vedema Hall is a very hilly woodland area on gneiss bedrock with dramatic scree slopes.
There are many remains from the people who have lived and worked in the area. The ruins of small crofts are hidden all over the place and the clearance cairns and stone walls indicate that the soil has been worked. Typical of the Vedema area are all the earth banks which run through the woodlands and which formed boundaries or enclosures for livestock. There are the remains of an old mill by the River Rökeån.
Walking and rambling
There are a handful of marked footpaths in the area. The landscape
is very hilly and the marked footpaths have not been adapted for
wheelchairs or pushchairs. The road to Lake Barsjön from the
western car park is however smooth and even, but somewhat hilly.
The Skåneleden Trail passes through the site.
Fishing is free in Lake Barsjön. You can borrow a rowing boat free
of charge and the fishing platform is easily accessible. Fishing is
however not permitted in the River Rökeån.
There are lovely picnic areas with barbecue and wood by the lake,
and which are easily accessible. There are an additional six picnic
places spread out in the area. There is also a shelter by Stora
You can stay overnight in the shelter in the western part of the
Skiing and sledging
One of the hills west of Lake Barsjön is popular for skiing and
sledging in the winter.
By public transport
Bus 511, Ängelholm-Örkelljunga-Hässleholm, stops every day at
"Hörlingegården". From here it is about a 2 km walk to the eastern
part of the area along a smaller road running paralell to road 24.
After crossing the stream, take a left to get to the blue
The same bus stops at "Hörja skolan". From here it is about a 2
km walk to the parking by Hågnarpsstugan in the western part of the
area along a gravelroad. At the crossroad take the gravel road to
the right without a road barrier.
Choose Map above and tick Bus stop. Here you can choose where
you want to depart from and access the timetables.
From road 24 there are signs toward Vedema and you will get to
the parking Barsjöparkeringen after about 1.5 km.
Gps to parking
WGS84 DDM 56°12.677'N, 13°38.234'E
RT90 6233573, 1365482