Biking on spoil tips in the Ruhr Region

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As if created by giant hand, the spoil tips left behind by the area's mining industry are rising up between the cities in Germany's Ruhr Valley. Visible even from far away, they give you an idea of how many rocks and how much earth was brought up to the surface here in the past centuries. Today, many of these sites serve as excellent training areas for mountain bikers. Take your pick from easy flow trails to tough routes requiring you to bring along more protection than just a helmet. Since some of these dumps rise up more than 100 meters above the surrounding area, you'll be able to collect quite some meters of altitude throughout one day of exercise. By the way: taking your bike out at sunset makes for an especially great time!

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    Halde Hoheward

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    On the heap Hoheward in Herten there is an official mountain bike trail network. Information and the route can be found at: landschaftspark-hoheward.de/hoheward/aktiv/mountainbike.html
    But not only for this approximately 6.5 km long cross country route worth a trip here. The heap rises more than 100 meters over the surrounding area and the paths are correspondingly steep and the fantastic view from the top over the Ruhr area and the southern Münsterland. On the plateau of the heap is a large sundial and the Hoheward Observatory, which is not visible because of construction defects, however, shortly after the opening.
    On the direct neighboring pile Hoppenbruch the Enduro riders are on the way.

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    The Deusenberg in Dortmund Huckarde is the EDG Mountain Bike Area one of the most popular addresses for bikers especially in the eastern Ruhr area. The use is without reservation and free. From a training track to challenging single trails, everything is available and only in the spring of 2016, the trails were partially renewed! The dump does not originate in mining but is the old landfill Huckarde. It rises 55 meters over the surrounding area and from the top you have a very good view over Dortmund.

    Here you can find more valuable information: halden.ruhr/deusenberg.html
    Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deusenberg

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    The Halde cross is one of the largest mining dumps in the Ruhr area. On the highest point is a 30-meter-high steel column with light-emitting diodes, which is visible from afar, especially in the dark. The view goes over the eastern Ruhr area and the southern Münsterland. Immediately north of the heap beyond the railway line are the Halden Haus Aden 1 and 2. This heap is particularly popular with mountain bikers and is currently being partially converted into an MTB course (as of spring 2016)

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    Halde Haniel

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    The heap is one of the highest in the Ruhr area and rises 150 meters above the surrounding area. The wildly developed descents and single trails have it in itself and there have been injured already - so be careful on the first descent! Unfortunately, there are no official routes, although a nonprofit association has been trying for years to get it. That is why caution should always be exercised so that there are no unpleasant encounters with pedestrians or other cyclists, especially on weekends when the weather is fine. The view from the top is fantastic, as the heap is surrounded by flat land.

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    Halde Zollverein 4/11

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    The heap is now densely overgrown except for a small clearing on the summit plateau. But keep your eyes open: Small and single trails lead down to the left and right of the main roads. Partly unfortunately overgrown - but partly passable. Due to the vegetation you have almost no view from the top, but to the west the striking chimneys of the UNESCO world cultural heritage of the coking plant Zollverein can be seen among the trees - as well as the skyscrapers south of the main station of Essen.

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    Schurenbachhalde

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    The Schurenbachhalde in the north of Essen is the largest in the city. Did you find the way up, go down some partially beautifully groomed single trails. On the large summit plateau, there is an erected huge slab as a landmark, which is visible from afar.

    The view from above shows you a panoramic view of the heart of the Ruhrgebiet. In the south lies Essen with the many skyscrapers at the central station, in which corporate headquarters are located. To the east you can see the white roof of the Schalke Arena and to the north and west the chimneys of the extensive industrial areas of Essen, Bottrop and Gelsenkirchen smoke on both sides of the Rhine-Herne Canal. Up here a Pils (you have to bring, you can not buy anything here) for sunset is Ruhrpott-romance pure!

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    Tetraeder Bottrop

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    The tetrahedron on the heap Beckstr. in Bottrop is one of the most prominent landmarks of the Ruhr area and with good visibility from far away still visible. Anyone who has grappled their way up the steep slopes of the heap should definitely climb the steps of the tetrahedron to the viewing platform. The all-around view is worth it! The heap is well developed and many paved paths lead up and down. A little tip on the edge: If you are in the mood for skiing or snowboarding after biking, you only have to drive one kilometer to the Prosperstrasse heap, because this is where the Bottrop ski hall is located.

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    Halde Rheinelbe

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    The unused on the upper meters of the heap Rheinelbe in the south of Gelsenkirchen is like a lunar landscape and is therefore very popular among the dirt bikers. There is a lot to discover here: many of them lead very steep and challenging trails down into the woods at the foot of the heap. In a private blog, the heap is very beautifully described: meinmtb.de/touren/29-noch-viel-zu-lernen-halde-rheinelbe

    On the summit there is the Himmelstreppe as a landmark and from the top you have a beautiful panoramic view over the middle Ruhr area. Especially at sunset, the panorama is wonderful!

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