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Germany’s Hohe Mark cycle route – escape into nature

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Germany’s Hohe Mark cycle route – escape into nature

Bike Touring Collection by Naturpark Hohe Mark

17

Tours

61:51 h

626 mi

10,325 ft

The Hohe Mark Cycle Route leads you along 174 miles (280 km) of idyllic meadows, wetlands and heathland, through densely overgrown forests and along extensive lakes and river landscapes. This Collection gives you everything you need for individual planning; start with a stage of your choice, shorten routes via our two north-south cross-cuts or experience our already elaborated multi-day Tours (West-, Mitte- and OstRunde).

Whether it's fallow deer and red deer in the Dülmen Game Park, wild horses in Merfeld, water buffalo in the Hervester Bruch, donkeys and Konik horses in the Steverauen or water birds and other animal inhabitants in the many nature reserves – you can experience animals in their natural habitats in the Hohe Mark Nature Park. The park is located between Münsterland, the Lower Rhine and the Ruhr area.

Or do you fancy a short walk today? We have also put together a separate Collection of day tours for you: komoot.de/collection/1070181/-tagestouren-zur-hohe-mark-radroute.

The Hohe Mark Cycle Route is funded by the European Union and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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Hohe Mark cycle route Circuit

173 mi

2,875 ft

2,875 ft

Last updated: November 28, 2022

Tours & Highlights

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    Hohe Mark cycle route Circuit

    Difficult
    17:09
    173 mi
    10.1 mph
    2,875 ft
    2,875 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    This 280-kilometer loop takes you through the most beautiful natural areas between the Rhine and the Dortmund-Ems Canal. From the saddle you can marvel at multi-layered habitats, historic cities and all sorts of “wild things”. A rich color palette awaits you between forests, lakes, rivers, meadows and

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  • Difficult
    06:58
    70.0 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,050 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The west course through the Hohe Mark Nature Park is typically Münsterland: impressive parks, idyllic lakes, imposing castles and species-rich nature reserves await you. In a gentle up and down you cycle through colorful landscapes peppered with enchanting villages. You can also meet special animals

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  • Difficult
    07:58
    81.6 mi
    10.3 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,300 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the middle course of the Hohe Mark RadRoute you ride through lush forest areas, lush meadow landscapes, colorful villages and deer territories. You can discover rare animal and plant species in the moor and wet meadows, which are protected nature reserves. You will also pass numerous bodies of water

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  • Difficult
    07:24
    75.9 mi
    10.3 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,475 ft
    Ferry
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The element water plays a central role on the east course of the Hohe Mark RadRoute and accompanies you on large sections of the 120-kilometer route. You cycle relaxed between romantic meadows, clear lakes and winding rivers. The nature along the trail is lush and provides a home for rare animal and

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  • Easy
    00:37
    6.43 mi
    10.3 mph
    125 ft
    50 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Querspange 1 connects the Pröbstingsee with the town of Raesfeld over a good ten kilometers. The route runs on flat side roads and can be used as a shortcut on the Hohe Mark RadRoute.

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  • Easy
    01:52
    19.9 mi
    10.6 mph
    300 ft
    450 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The 32 km long Querspange 2 connects the village of Reken with the Hervester Bruch. You drive via Heiden and Rhade on flat side roads and cross a diverse landscape. The route serves as a shortcut on the Hohe Mark RadRoute and leads through remarkable nature reserves.

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  • Easy
    01:59
    19.1 mi
    9.6 mph
    325 ft
    275 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The parking lot at the shimmering Pröbstingsee is the starting point of the first short stage. From there you follow the Bocholter Aa on a flat stretch to Gemen, where you will find the stately moated castle. The impressive complex now serves as a youth education center and is well worth a stop.

    

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  • Easy
    01:37
    16.6 mi
    10.2 mph
    325 ft
    175 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The second stage of the Hohe Mark RadRoute, which starts in Velen, is almost 27 kilometers long. At first you drive past flat fields and meadows to the Kuhlenvenn, where you can observe various bird species from a viewing hut. You then cycle south and have another chance to marvel at a very special piece

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  • Easy
    01:20
    13.8 mi
    10.4 mph
    250 ft
    400 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Reken is the starting point of the third stage. From there you drive east to get to Maria Veen on flat side roads. Then it goes down into the wonderful Heubachniederung, a bird sanctuary. In the adjoining Merfelder Bruch there are also wild horses from Dülmen.

    

    You cycle past wide fields to the wildlife

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  • Easy
    01:40
    17.8 mi
    10.7 mph
    325 ft
    350 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Wonderful natural areas and bodies of water await you on the fourth stage of the Hohe Mark RadRoute, which begins in Dülmen. Through the magnificent bird sanctuary Heubachniederung you drive initially to Sythen Castle, which is worth a short stop. Just a few minutes further south, you can see the beautiful

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  • Easy
    01:28
    14.5 mi
    9.9 mph
    175 ft
    225 ft
    Ferry
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The stage, which is just over 23 kilometers long, begins in Olfen and is characterized by wonderful views of different waterways. Initially, you cycle along the old trip, a disused branch of the Dortmund-Ems canal, to Datteln. There, the old ride flows into the Wesel-Datteln Canal, which you now follow

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  • Easy
    01:07
    11.7 mi
    10.4 mph
    225 ft
    250 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The sixth stage of the Hohe Mark RadRoute is only 19 kilometers long - so there is enough time to explore the beautiful landscape. From the starting point in Haltern am See, it goes to the Annaberg with its beautiful church and Stations of the Cross. This is followed by a short detour into the protected

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  • Easy
    01:48
    18.3 mi
    10.1 mph
    300 ft
    225 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The seventh stage starts in Hervest and initially takes you to the green banks of the Lippe. Head west on the beautiful Deichradweg until you cross the river on the Hohenkamp Bridge. Now the Wesel-Datteln Canal gives you the direction and you cycle the next few kilometers in a relaxed manner along the

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  • Intermediate
    01:57
    19.4 mi
    9.9 mph
    375 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    From the starting point in Raesfeld, you cycle past the castle at the beginning of the eighth stage into the wooded Tiergarten. You will pass several idyllic ponds and drive along flat gravel roads. Then you drive parallel to the Issel to Marienthal, where you turn off in the direction of the Bachtal

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  • Intermediate
    02:21
    24.8 mi
    10.6 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This 40-kilometer stage starts in Dingden and leads you from there along the natural Issel towards the northwest. In Werth you drive past the shimmering Pendesee and then continue along the banks of the Issel to Anholt. There you can visit the stately Wasserburg Anholt, which welcomes you with a spacious

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  • Intermediate
    02:01
    19.1 mi
    9.5 mph
    300 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Bocholt is the starting point of the tenth and last stage of the Hohe Mark RadRoute. The picturesque north shore of Lake Aasee is the first highlight of the day and from there you cycle north along the outskirts. You cross the shady Bocholter Stadtwald to get to Rhede. Then you drive through a colorful

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  • Intermediate
    02:34
    24.2 mi
    9.5 mph
    350 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This 40-kilometer tour takes you to varied highlights between Bocholt and Borken. It starts at the Eisenhütte weir outside of Bocholt. The wonderful cycle path along the Bocholter Aa takes you into the city. There you cycle past many impressive buildings such as the New Town Hall and then follows a beautiful

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    NSG Lippeauen

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The Lippeauen have been under nature protection since 1992 and, after years of pollution, drainage and agricultural use, are once again a natural paradise. Various animal, plant and bird species can be observed here.

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    At a stately height of 121 meters you will find the Berghotel Hohe Mark - in proper style with a cable car gondola in the front yard. Due to its excellent location in the middle of nature, the hotel is perfect for a cycling or hiking holiday in western Münsterland.

    Address:
    Werenzowstrasse 17
    48734 rakes

    02864/9519595

    More info:
    berghotel.nrw

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  • Tours
    17
  • Highlights
    16
  • Distance
    626 mi
  • Duration
    61:51 h
  • Elevation
    10,325 ft

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