1. Helsingborg (Central train/bus station) – Höganäs (guest harbour), 22,2 km
See the elevation profile below.
This part of Kattegattleden offers a lovely coastal tour all the way from Helsingborg to Höganäs, with staggering views of Öresund and out to Danish Zealand.
Start in Helsingborg, an urban setting with historic sites like the Kärnan tower and Sofiero Castle and garden, renowned for having over 10,000 rhododendron bushes that bloom throughout the park from May-June. By contrast, you will also discover a modern and continental setting in Norra Hamnen and Gröningen, with areas for swimming and relaxing, and dining with outdoor seating.
The path is lined with picturesque little fishing villages and small marinas, such as Domsten and Viken. Just outside Viken is the Military Defence Museum, the only museum of its kind in Sweden.
The path continues up towards Höganäs and out to the gorgeous, rocky landscape of Kullahalvön. This unique setting has been attracting artists and tourists ready for a swim for centuries.
On the furthest tip of Kullahalvön is the Kullaberg Nature Reserve. If you have time for a detour from the path, it’s well worth a visit, or even an overnight stay in Mölle. The area offers a variety of activities, such as hiking and rock climbing on cliffs with peaks soaring up to 187 metres above the ocean.
Farm shops and tasty food are distinguishing features around Höganäs, as farming is an important part of this region. Some of Skåne’s finest vineyards are also located here. A visit to the market is a must in Höganäs: shop for local produce and products, or enjoy a plate of early vegetables.
The Kattegattleden starts and/or ends in Helsingborg at the public transport hub called Knutpunkten, where the railway station and ferry port are located.
Remember to check the opening times of the destinations and sights you intend to visit and ideally book your accommodation in advance!
Sweden’s right of public access is a unique opportunity for everyone to roam freely in the countryside. But you also need to take responsibility for animal and plant life and show consideration for land owners and other visitors. Don’t disturb – don’t destroy, in other words. The right of public access is limited in national parks and nature reserves. It is always you as the person visiting the countryside who bears responsibility for being aware of the rules that apply in the area that you are visiting.
Also remember to keep the cycle path free of litter – take your rubbish with you to the nearest bin!
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