Reservoir hikes — easy walks in the Bergisch Land

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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 a whole lot of lakes. In this Collection, we’ve prepared 8 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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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    01:32
    5.92 km
    3.8 km/h
    40 m
    40 m
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Lingeser dam in Marienheide has many faces that can be encountered on the circular trail. On the one hand, the reservoir offers a lot of fun and you will pass three campsites - on the other hand, it is a breeding and nesting area for many different waterfowl. While the campsites and swimming areas are expected to be a bit more bustling, you will also find very quiet, secluded sections along the way.The circular route is signposted, easy to find, easy to walk on and has hardly any ascents. The largest part runs on a wide dirt road. If you go counterclockwise you can not miss turning left to the eastern end of the lake.The best way to reach the Lingese dam is by car. There are three free parking spaces along the lake:
    1) Just before the campsite "Lingese"
    2) In Linge / At the bus stop
    3) At the campsite "Lambacher Höhe"
    With the ÖNPV one drives with the bus 339 to "Linge".

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  • Easy
    01:26
    3.82 km
    2.7 km/h
    40 m
    40 m
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you want to hike around the Panzertalsperre, then why not take 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.The route itself is laid clockwise in one half on a small asphalt road, on the other half on a gravel road, each with slight gradients. Whereby you have the best view of the reservoir as expected from the listed dam. Then it goes past old spruce stands, through a small forest landscape, which turns into a mushroom Eldorado from late summer.The motto is: Always along the fence - then you can not miss the path.
    There is no parking directly at the dam, but you can park for free in the side streets in the adjacent residential area (for example in the Johann-Daniel-Fuhrmann-Str.). In addition, there is an advertised hiking car park nearby (Talsperrenweg). And there is also a public transport stop: Talsperweg / Bus 664.

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  • Easy
    01:34
    4.30 km
    2.7 km/h
    30 m
    30 m
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On a hike around the Eschbachtalsperre you get on the one hand great nature and on the other hand, you can still learn something really. The circular walk around the reservoir is at the same time a nature trail - so also ideal for a walk with children. To create it, you need no special condition - the way is quite ground-level and wide.The journey is both by car and by public transport. Parking is best on the large parking lot directly at the dam - accessible via the motorway exit "Raststätte Remscheid" the A1. By public transport you drive to the bus stop "Remscheid-Talsperre", bus line 652, 672 and 673.

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  • Easy
    01:04
    2.79 km
    2.6 km/h
    40 m
    40 m
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Silbertalsperre is on the maps also under "Schevelinger dam" led - she dams the Schevelinger Bach. But the romantic name "Silbertalsperre" becomes much fairer for the very small and very fine reservoir. You are already around after about two kilometers, but get a worthwhile look into a wonderfully idyllic spot Bergisches Land. Above all, the diverse flora and fauna with a very diverse mixed forest is noticeable when hiking.The small reservoir is located between the villages Hönnige and Kreuzberg in the northeast of Wipperfürth in the Oberbergischer Kreis (NRW). A good starting point for the hike is the small, free parking for about 6 cars in front of the house no. 12 in the street "Hönnige". But you can also take the public transport to the dam: stop "Wipperfürth, Hönnige / Bus 338.Due to the use of drinking water swimming in the reservoir is prohibited. Dogs must go on a leash.

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  • Easy
    01:13
    4.59 km
    3.8 km/h
    40 m
    40 m
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you come to the Glörtalsperre with its crystal clear water, immediately sets a certain holiday feeling. Not without reason is the reservoir, on the border between the Märkischen and the Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis, a popular recreational area. A large part of the shore consists of pebble beach and there is both an official, free-to-use swimming section, the natural pool on the north shore, and a dog beach. However, they also like to mix - despite signposted separation.The dam can best be reached by car. There is a very large, paid hiking parking lot (1 € per 1 hour) at "Haus Glör", the starting point of the circular walk. If you want to save the parking fees, you can park your car in the car park at Dahlerbrücker Str. / Glörtalstr. About 1 km away from the inflection to Glörtalstperre free parking.The circuit is very easy to walk on and even with the wheelchair or stroller despite the slight increase on the south side - so suitable for the whole family.

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  • Easy
    00:43
    2.72 km
    3.8 km/h
    30 m
    20 m
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Heilenbecker dam is located a bit out of the way near the town Ennepetal, embedded in forests and meadows. The way there is well signposted and there is a parking lot (partly paid: if the "car park attendant" is there, he asks for 1 € per car.) According to the signage, the parking fee is used solely to finance the blocking wall and the maintenance of the dam system). The Heilenbecker dam can also be reached by public transport: stop Heilenbecker Talsperre, bus 560.The circular route can also be well on warm days, as a large part of the way is in the shade. The bathing is unfortunately forbidden.

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  • Intermediate
    02:11
    5.86 km
    2.7 km/h
    60 m
    60 m
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The hike around the Hebringhauser dam mostly runs on dirt tracks and forest paths through mainly woody, slightly rough terrain. It goes up and down through hawthorn avenues and past the tracks of wild boars, which have rummaged through the grass for edible.If you like it lonely, you're in the right place - there's not much going on. That makes the hike but also attractive. It comes here not at all the idea that the Hebringhauser dam belongs to the city of Wuppertal.A trail parking lot directly at the dam, there is not. You can the car but on holding bays z. B. on Beyenburger Strasse, the starting point of the hike, off. By public transport you take the bus 669 to the stop "Trompete" or "Spieckerlinde".

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  • Easy
    01:52
    5.69 km
    3.1 km/h
    90 m
    90 m
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    After a winding, gentle climb through the forest to the dam wall, the majority of the circular route around the Hasper dam runs relatively flat, about 20 - 30 meters above the lake. The fact that you walk so high above the water and it goes up partly steeply next to the path, you get a really nice "mountain world feeling". The sun shines on you (as it is there) due to its location on the slope much more often than other dams in the face.In addition, the Hasper dam also exudes a little romantic flair: couples in love more and more often choose the railing of the dam to place a symbolic sign of their love with a padlock. Otherwise, walkers, joggers and cyclists alike romp around on the beautiful circular route, on which "benches with a view" are regularly invited to take a break.The tram used to run almost to the dam - today it can only be reached by car. You can park your car in the parking lot at Café Restaurant "Plessen", which invites you on your terrace for a break afterwards with coffee, cake and cold drinks.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    35.7 km
  • Duration
    11:36 h
  • Elevation
    370 m