Höjentorp-Drottningkullen is the largest nature reserve in the Valle district. The landscape here is rolling and varied, featuring hills, ridges, and small lakes.

This distinctive landscape was shaped by the last ice age and is an example of a so-called kame landscape. When the ice melted after the last ice age the climate suddenly became colder for some time. This interrupted the melting of the ice, and the ice margin remained stationary over the same area for a long time – right here in Valle. Large rivers of meltwater carried massive amounts of gravel and sediment. Icebergs of various sizes were also submerged in the gravel. When these melted, they left behind pits in the landscape, known as kettles or dead ice pits.

Sediment was also deposited in cracks on top of the large blocks of ice and later formed kames (hills) in the landscape. Underneath the ice, running water created ridges of stone and gravel known as eskers. All these landforms and many others created the foundation for the rolling landscape and diversity we see today.

It is said that Drottningkullen (“the Queen’s Hill”) is so called because queen Ulrika Eleonora stood here and watched Höjentorp Castle burn down in 1722. 

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