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Reservoir hikes — easy walks in the Bergisch Land

Bernd Hillen

Reservoir hikes — easy walks in the Bergisch Land

Hiking Collection by Anette

8

Tours

11:10 h

21.2 mi

1,375 ft

If hiking through beautiful nature where the elevation is low enough to stop you getting sweaty sounds like your idea of a good time, this Collection is for you. And while the Bergisch Land might have a reputation for being rather hilly, the region is perfect for more relaxed walks in the outdoors, especially with its series of hiking trails around the numerous dams.

Therefore, pack up the whole family and get ready to discover some lesser known dams, including the oldest in Germany, as well as animals, glorious panoramic views of the mountains, and plenty of lakes. In this collection, I have prepared eight tours around small, idyllic dams. All of which promise relaxed walks along waterfront through beautiful nature, and are perfect for the whole family—from grandparents to newborns.

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    Lingese-Talsperre: Wo andere Urlaub machen – einfache Wanderungen im Bergischen Land

    Intermediate
    01:40
    3.95 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Lingese dam near Marienheide has many faces that you will encounter on the circular hiking trail. On the one hand, the reservoir offers a lot of leisure activities and you will pass several campsites - on the other hand, it is a breeding and nesting area for many different water birds. While it is

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  • Easy
    01:15
    2.03 mi
    1.6 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you want to hike around the Panzertalsperre, you can expect a trip to a refuge for rare animals and plants. The dam and the adjacent forests and streams have been a nature reserve since 1997.

    

    You cover the route itself, going clockwise, half on a small asphalt road and the other half on a gravel path

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  • Easy
    01:06
    1.86 mi
    1.7 mph
    100 ft
    75 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On a hike around the Eschbachtalsperre you get great nature on the one hand and on the other hand you can really learn something. The circular hiking trail around the reservoir is also a nature trail - so it is also ideal for a walk with children. You don't need to be particularly fit to do it - the

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  • Easy
    01:04
    1.74 mi
    1.6 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Silbertalsperre is also listed on the maps as "Schevelinger Talsperre" - it dams the Schevelinger Bach. But the romantic name "Silbertalsperre" does the very small and very fine reservoir much justice. Although you are already around after about two kilometers, you get a worthwhile insight into a

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  • Easy
    01:00
    2.35 mi
    2.3 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    When you come to the Glörtalsperre with its crystal-clear water, you immediately get a certain holiday feeling. It is not without reason that the reservoir, on the border between the Märkisches and the Ennepe-Ruhr districts, is a popular local recreation area. A large part of the shore consists of pebble

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  • Easy
    00:41
    1.60 mi
    2.3 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Heilenbecker dam is a little out of the way near the town of Ennepetal, embedded in forests and meadows. However, the way there is well signposted and there is a car park (sometimes subject to a fee: if the "car park attendant" is there, he will charge a small fee. According to the signage, the parking

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  • Intermediate
    02:36
    4.26 mi
    1.6 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The hike around the Herbringhauser dam runs mostly on beaten paths and forestry paths through mainly wooded, slightly impassable terrain. It goes up and down through hawthorn avenues and past the tracks of wild boars that have rummaged through the grass for food.

    

    If you like it lonely, you've come to

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  • Easy
    01:48
    3.38 mi
    1.9 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    After a gentle, winding ascent through the forest to the dam wall, most of the circular route around the Hasper dam is relatively level, around 20 to 30 meters above the reservoir. The fact that you are hiking so high above the water and that there are also some steep climbs next to the path gives you

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    21.2 mi
  • Duration
    11:10 h
  • Elevation
    1,375 ft

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