Cycling In Skåne Tour Story
Read the daily blog about cycling in Skåne from one of our visitors last year. In Skåne we have more than 800 kilometres of way-marked cycle trails, giving you virtually unlimited opportunities to explore every corner of the province. The season is long, and you can cycle from early spring until late autumn. The majority of routes offer easy cycling suitable for all the family. The journey begins!
Day 1 Friday: Arrived in Malmo, late, but the staff at hotel were very helpful: they had kept our room at the hotel for us, and telephoned our restaurant, Pim’s KrogScaniaplatsen 2a, to tell them we would be late. They also told us how to get to the bicycle shop.
Day 2 Saturday: Long journey from Malmo to Ystad. The roads were not well sognposted – in Vellinge you can go either to Malmo or Skanor!
It started raining and we had lost time trying to use cycle paths so to make progress we cycled along the bigger road. After Trelleborg we followed the road along the coat to Ystad. Arrived at Ystad at 6.30 to find the hostel closed, but we were able to telephone the owner who gave us the code to let us in. We ate at a pub/restaurant in Ystad, sorry, I cannot remember the name. The hostel was very good – big room, breakfasts available at Fridolfs.
Day 3 Sunday: The next day we looked around Ystad – the church, lots of interesting places and gardens to see. For our evening meal we cycled to Glemmingbro – interesting restaurant – a converted car repair workshop – lots of concrete. On the way back we were stopped by an old man in a car who invited us back to Glemmingbro to have coffee with him the next day. He has lived and worked in the USA for a long time and had an interesting commercial history. He had returned from the USA to Sweden to live on the family farm.
Day 4 Monday: After coffee we cycled to Simrishamn along the coast as we wanted to see the Ales Stenar. Hotel Turistgården at Simrishamn interesting – you needed to walk outside to get to the Dining Room, but quite nice. Interesting old church. Ate at the smoked fish restaurant on the sea front.
Day 5 Tuesday: Long ride to Åhus. To keep off the main road we turned off towards the coast at Maglehem and followed the road/tracks through the holiday houses along the sea front. We stopped to go to the beach and paddle in the sea. Eventually reached Ahus but had to ask at the tourist office to find the hotel. Interesting hotel, a bit old fashioned, slightly wworrying from a fire escape point of view – lots of staircases. Nice meal.
Day 6 Wednesday: Long ride to Ringsjö Inn. As we were not sure where the Inn was we decided to go to Hoor Information office. But the roads/tracks kept leading south, particularly the long track from Tellarp. We ended up in Horby, where there were no signposts to Hoor! Guesed the way to Hoor, found the Rourist Office, who told us we had to back south to get to the Ringsjo Inn! But the Inn was excellent, Lena was vey helpful, brilliant meal (one of the 2 best, the other being at Skanor), lovely setting.
Day 7 Thursday: Short ride to Spången Inn. Spangen; a nice old hotel, but not much to see around. Good old fashioned food and lots of it.
Day 8-9 Friday & Saturday in Torekov: Journey OK, tried to keep of main roads and travel nearer the coast. Torekov very commercial, but some nice open air restaurants. Day trip to Bastad. B & B was strange – glass walled bathroom in Bedroom, no information on how to find the breakfast buffet.
Yes, we would recommend the tour so far. Obviously it is difficult to arrange distances to go to nice hotels, but we found 1 or 2 days quite hard – Malmo to Ystad, Ahus to Ringsjo. Younger people may find it easier (we are reasonably fit 60 year olds) but older or less fit cyclists might find it more challenging. We would be happy to recommend the tour to other people.
Day 11 Monday: Orenas Castle. Problem of finding the hotel – not signposted and located nearer the coast thant shown on our map. Had to ask a local lady the way ( very useful that most Swedish people seem to speak English). Very impressive place – dining in the old building.
Day 13 Wednesday: Skanor. Long ride, back through Malmo, but easier this time as the cycle route to Skanor is signposted from Vellinge. Excellent hotel, amazing meal.
Day 14 Thursday: Malmo. Easier ride back along the signed cycle route until Malmo when the cycle route to the town centre was cut by a construction site, but we were able to find the way eventually. Bikes returned. Took the train back to Copenhagen.
Yes, we would recommend the tour. Obviously it is difficult to arrange distances to go to nice hotels, but we found 1 or 2 days quite hard – Malmo to Ystad, Ahus to Ringsjo. Younger people may find it easier (we are reasonably fit 60 year olds) but older or less fit cyclists might find it more challenging.
We would be happy to recommend the tour to other people.
Thank you for all your help. I hope you had a good summer holiday as well!
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