Slåttemyradn Cultural Heritage
- Destination Valdres
- Season January–December
This large area of marshes, southeast of Beitostolen, was in ancient times haying land for the farms Okshovd and Hedalen with all their operations and smallholdings. Here the farmers harvested the food they needed for sustenance of their animals.
Until about 100 years ago it was common to use all available resources in outlying areas. All possible haymaking areas and home slopes were harvested until growth stopped in autumn. Hay was put on stakes or placed in barns and driven home in the winter. Around Tvillingløa the grass was cut by two guys for two days, making 5-6 loads of hay. The harvesting of the marsh here lasted until the late 1920s, but the space Kleiven benefited from the haying after that time. After the war, the haying here came to an end. Acres, cultivation and machine operations had made 'marsh haying' superfluous.
On the haying marshes where you are standing now, but also on Skutemyra marsh furthest to the southeast, you can still see traces of marsh haying. The old plots are barely overgrown with shrubs and trees, and you can often see, especially with fall colors on the grass, the boundaries between the haying marshes and other fields. The regular haying has created distinctive vegetation with several rare species, among them the low-growing subspecies of early marsh-orchid. This orchid blooms in early July. Other characteristic species of the marsh are the black sedge, yellow sedge, livid sedge, Northern bog sedge, corn sedge, glossy sedge, club sedge, common cottonsedge, broad-leaved cottongrass, alpine bulrush and myrskjegg.
There were a number of hay barns beyond the marshes, usually on solid ground in mires or on an island out in the marsh. You can still see traces of many of these. In this marsh you can find one that is restored to remind of, together with traces in the marsh, about the time that has passed. This barn is owned by the farm. Midtre Hedalen, named Tvillingløa because it was divided into two approximately equal sized room with an entrance on each end. Usually the barns were simple and small cogged buildings with one room, and each farm could have many of these. Some had rooms for accommodation, like the one on Buahølmen.
You get to the Haymaking marshes by taking off Fv 51 to Beitostölen Helsesportssenter. Go into the marshes from there. Or you can use Okshovdvegen for access to the marshes.