Råda Ås is a popu­lar out­do­or area that offers fan­tastic views over Kin­ne­kul­le, Lake Vänern and Lidköping.

The hig­hest point on Råda Ås is 90 metres abo­ve sea level. The ridge was for­med at the lea­ding edge of the last inland ice she­et, about 12,500 years ago. The inland ice is like a giant con­vey­or belt that grinds the sur­fa­ce bene­ath it and car­ri­es along sto­ne and gra­vel. It then depo­sits this sto­ne in lar­ge quan­ti­ti­es ahe­ad of the ice she­et, for­ming what we know as a ter­mi­nal moraine.

The last ice age reached its max­i­mum extent about 20,000 years ago. Then the cli­ma­te beca­me war­mer and the ice began to melt. But for a peri­od, star­ting about 12,800 years ago, somet­hing hap­pened to the cli­ma­te and it beca­me col­der again. This cau­sed the ice to stop mel­ting, and in fact it even advan­ced in some are­as. The result was the cen­tral Midd­le Swe­dish End Morai­ne Zone (MSE­MZ), of which Råda Ås is part. Gra­vel from the ridge has always been an impor­tant resour­ce for peop­le, and we can see seve­ral remains of old gra­vel pits. Gra­vel is still extrac­ted from Råda Ås today.

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