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Forests, meadows and valleys — German gravel bike Tours

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Forests, meadows and valleys — German gravel bike Tours

Bike Touring Collection by Das Bergische

9

Tours

38:46 h

277 mi

23,450 ft

In Germany’s Bergisches Land just outside Cologne, a typical low mountain landscape awaits you: extensive mixed forests alternate with vast meadows and idyllic river valleys. The many fine mountains offer numerous panoramic views and there’s a fair amount of elevation gain to reach them.

The road structure in Bergisches Land is wonderfully suited for a gravel bike adventure. On the agricultural and forestry roads as well as less frequented, asphalted roads, you can really go crazy, knock off long distances, climb high and still enjoy the landscape, letting your eyes wander. Some fantastic narrow forest paths are also included to up the fun factor even more.

The routes pass through small settlements and farms, past paddocks and chapels, half-timbered and slate houses and even the odd dam, features that characterise the Bergisches Land. You’ll always receive a warm welcome and it’s easy to find a little refreshment on the way or a hearty snack after your Tour.

The Tours are all round trips, so you can start from a variety of places. Some Tours begin at stations that are easy to reach by regional train. This makes your adventure perfectly accessible from Cologne or other surrounding towns.

Besides enthusiastic gravel riders, the trails are also used to a large extent by others on foot or on horseback. Please be considerate of each other and adjust your speed accordingly, in keeping with the motto ‘Experience nature together’. We wish you a great ride!

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    ​​Reichshof loop — gravel riding in Bergisches Land

    Difficult
    04:19
    28.7 mi
    6.7 mph
    3,025 ft
    3,050 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    On your tour around Reichshof you can expect a varied up and down through the gently undulating landscape of the Bergisches Land. On the round tour you can choose your starting point very flexibly, how and where it suits you best.

    

    You drive along the Wiehltalsperre and enjoy fantastic views again and

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  • Difficult
    03:32
    24.7 mi
    7.0 mph
    2,500 ft
    2,500 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The circuit around Lindlar inspires with fabulous gravel roads, crisp climbs and rapid descents. You pedal through the idyllic landscape on quiet side roads and let the fresh air of the Bergisches Land blow in your face. Fans of the WDR series "Murder with a View" can discover two original film locations along the route.

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  • Difficult
    03:58
    31.1 mi
    7.9 mph
    1,750 ft
    1,750 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This wonderful gravel excursion starts at the Leverkusen-Manfort train station and can also be easily reached from Cologne or other surrounding cities. First it goes leisurely along the Dhünn through the picturesque Dhünntal. Look forward to the first steep climb, which rewards you with a magnificent

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  • Difficult
    05:40
    42.2 mi
    7.4 mph
    3,150 ft
    3,150 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    You certainly won't get bored on the crisp 68-kilometre circuit - the enchanting landscape around Wipperfürth is constantly up and down. You can easily handle the almost 1,000 meters in altitude, because the climbs are always followed by rapid descents.

    

    Along the Bevertalsperre and the small Schevelingen

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  • Difficult
    03:31
    28.6 mi
    8.1 mph
    1,700 ft
    1,700 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The 46-kilometre tour leads mostly over former railway lines and past four dams of different sizes. As always, you can start the round tour wherever it suits you best: The tour leads through Radevormwald, Wipperfürth, Hückeswagen and Remscheid.

    

    Along the way you will find several places to stop. The eyee

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  • Difficult
    03:57
    29.2 mi
    7.4 mph
    2,350 ft
    2,350 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The tour around Much offers a beautiful gravel excursion through meadows, forests and fields. You can expect a rapid descent from the Heckberg down into the valley of the Brölbach. Quiet gravel trails lead you through the idyllic landscape and small towns along the way invite you to take a break.

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  • Difficult
    03:44
    28.9 mi
    7.8 mph
    1,925 ft
    1,925 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The relaxed gravel tour starts in Leichlingen on the banks of the Wupper. It is possible to arrive by train via Leichlingen train station. You get to the beautiful Murbachtal and ride gently uphill in parts on the Balkantrasse Panorama Cycle Path to Burg. Here you can visit the Burg Castle and enjoy

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  • Difficult
    04:39
    31.9 mi
    6.8 mph
    2,850 ft
    2,875 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The varied gravel tour around Overath can be started in Overath-Klef or wherever suits you best. If necessary, you can also split it into an east and a west loop. A promising route with plenty of ups and downs awaits you.

    

    On gravel forest paths you can crunch your gravel tires and fill your lungs with

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  • Difficult
    05:25
    31.8 mi
    5.9 mph
    4,200 ft
    4,200 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The tour between Ründeroth and Gummersbach has it all - steep climbs and a total of 1,280 meters in altitude await you on the 50-kilometer route. The tour is ideal for your athletic training session, which will certainly make you sweat.

    

    The starting point is Ründeroth train station, where you can take

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    277 mi
  • Duration
    38:46 h
  • Elevation
    23,450 ft

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