By bike to the organic farm - 7 road rides into the countryside

Road Cycling Collection by
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Road cycling is always a serene experience, especially if you do in the right location. Pedaling in a place that's beautifully green and peaceful is always idyllic, especially when you can round off the ride with some coffee and cake. And that's exactly what the seven rides in this Collection deliver: Idyllic routes around the Ruhr area that take you out to great organic farms, farm shops and cafés. Here, you can visit chickens, pigs and cows. You can strengthen yourself both physically and mentally and bring healthy, organically produced treats to back home — safe in the knowledge that you know exactly where they all come from.

The rides in this Collection combine the urban rhythm of the largest cities in the Ruhr area with wonderfully peaceful and quiet countryside as soon as you leave the city area. We take you along former railway lines and remote roads, and we lead you out into the open country— to places where you can truly enjoy your ride. The rides themselves are also a fitting length, delivering a good few hours of pleasant cycling while challenging you just the right amount. The starting and end points of each ride are also easily accessible on the train.

As an additional tip, consider taking a backpack with you. Sure, it's great to sample the organic goods on the farm, but how are you going to take any back home with you? A loose fitting bag that rests on your jersey won't disturb you too much while you ride.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    03:45
    48.9 mi
    13.0 mph
    2,300 ft
    2,325 ft
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This compact race bike tour takes you from the center of Dortmund to the edge of the beautiful Sauerland. Nearly 80 kilometers of pure racing bike fun, with a good animal goal after work: The Schultenhof offers a perfect farm ambience in the middle of Dortmund. With all sorts of goodies you can quickly regain your strength and if you like, you can take home a small supply of organic products.From the main station you take a course on the Phoenix Lake. All around leads a really nice bike path. It offers enough space for all cyclists and so you can run it really well here. After that, it is also directly rural. On small side roads we take you to Fröndenberg and Menden, where you can enjoy great views of green fields and the meadows of Ruhr and Hönne.From Menden to Iserlohn it is especially quiet. Here you drive over a former railway line, which was converted into a beautiful bike path. Far away from traffic and without a steep incline Iserlohn is reached quickly. This section is very interesting, because it contains some tunnels and you keep coming back to interesting (industrial) buildings that are worth a look.The steep climb up to Syburg announces your return to Dortmund. Here are a few beautiful quiet country roads waiting for you before you take again urban terrain under the tires. Shortly before the goal but then again waiting for a little stop in the countryside on you. In the café of the Schultenhof you can really relax and strengthen yourself with hearty or sweet treats. In the farm shop next door you will find all sorts of organic products. Maybe you'll take a small bag with you on your tour to stash some shopping for the last few miles to the station.

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  • Intermediate
    04:10
    57.5 mi
    13.8 mph
    1,250 ft
    1,250 ft
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    A lot of water, a lot of green and a seductive organic stop at the end of the tour - these are the ingredients for a relaxed and beautiful road bike race that starts in the middle of Gelsenkirchen.It starts at the train station, from where it takes less than three kilometers, until you turn onto the first railway line of the tour. In the middle of the pot and yet wonderfully quiet - this is really a specialty! You cross the Emscher and then leaves the heap Hohenward and the coal mine Ewald left. Maybe you would like to take a closer look at the old colliery? From the dump you have a great view. And even if you have to push the road bike here, well worth the little detour.Continue north, where the landscape changes. It gets a lot more rural when the wooded hills of the Haard welcome you. At Halterner See you can take a break - here you have made about half of the tour.Along the Lippe, the Wesel-Datteln-Kanal and the Dortmund-Ems-Kanal, the route leads back to the south. The ride is very varied. Great natural stretches like the Lippeauen alternate with Westphalian small town charm and interesting industrial culture. Above all, the lift of the Dortmund-Ems-channel is definitely worth a break.After about 65 kilometers, it will be time for a refreshment. The Hof-Café Niermann is waiting for you. While you order your coffee, a delicious cake or even a hot dish, it may well happen that you will be greeted by some of the free-range chickens. Landiylle at its best.Along the Emscher it goes back to Gelsenkirchen. Although the Emscher bike path is not paved here, the fine gravel surface can also be good on the road bike.

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  • Intermediate
    03:47
    49.0 mi
    13.0 mph
    2,900 ft
    2,900 ft
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This tour is a prime example of how beautiful green and varied the Ruhr area is. You drive over narrow, lonely country roads, cross cool forest, climb up official ramps and enjoy fast descents. And all this is crowned by a really tasty fortification in a cozy courtyard cafe.Let's start at the main station of Bochum. After a few kilometers you say goodbye to the city and you are in the middle of the countryside. Past the Kemnader Lake and on a wonderfully quiet bike path you drive to Bochum Langendreer. Here you will find the next piece of asphalt on the Rheinische Donke, a former railway line, which was exclusively cast for cyclists.After a small mountain classification in the direction of Dortmund-Schee, you can briefly enjoy the great view of Dortmund, before a long descent on a quiet country road down to the Ruhr in the weather will inspire you. The next driveway in the direction of Sprockhövel has it all again. The rural idyll here but ensures a high enjoyment factor. And after that, a reward awaits you after a small descent.The farm shop of the Bio-Hofes Stock is idyllically situated in the old station building of Sprockhövel in the immediate vicinity of the "Kohlenbahn", a former railway line converted into a cycle path. In the farm shop you will find a wide selection of organic products, including fruits and vegetables, bread, milk, meat and cheese. The cozy café next door serves breakfast, lunch buffet and homemade cakes as well as waffles. Here you can really feast, so you can rested and strengthened the last 30 kilometers back to Bochum attack.

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  • Intermediate
    03:13
    44.0 mi
    13.7 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Between Lippe and Emscher you will get to know the green surroundings of Bottrop on this short tour. Leave the main roads in the shadow of the mining dumps behind you and enjoy a road bike ride on small country roads and on railway lines and bike paths - including a cozy rest in the farm café.Starting point of the route is the station in Bottrop. From here it goes out of town first. If you have left the Halde Haniel right, it is done: From here you expect small country roads in a slightly hilly landscape, which leads through various nature reserves and along the Lippeauen.Turning point of the tour is the beautiful little town Dorsten. Over a great new bike path along the Hürfeldhalde you then reach the real highlight of this tour: the farm Dahlhaus. The cozy cafe with seating outside invites you to take a break with coffee and delicious cake. If you're an early riser, you can enjoy a really good, sumptuous breakfast here (preferably by appointment).Well-rested and well-rested now follow the last few kilometers. Various heaps left and right of the track announce that it is done soon. If you can see to your right the impressive building of the ski hall and the famous tetrahedron on the Halde Beckstraße, the destination is only a few kilometers away. Maybe you still have time and desire, then we can highly recommend a trip up to the tetrahedron. You can also ride the road bike, the view up there is fantastic.

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  • Difficult
    05:34
    71.8 mi
    12.9 mph
    3,650 ft
    3,650 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    On this sporty 116-kilometer tour we show you food and its really beautiful surroundings. Forget the city noise. Today you drive on quiet country roads, traffic-free railway lines and the flagship project of the Ruhr, the Radschnellweg RS1. Idyllic food stop the round is the organic farm Felchner just before Mülheim, where you can strengthen yourself in a rural atmosphere.Let's go to Essen central station. From there we take you out of the city on the fastest way. Along the Baldeneysee and the Ruhr towards Kettwig you get a first impression of the character of this tour: It is calm, green and close to nature. And that's why you turn off the quiet country road, which has led you to Essen Kettwig, on the panoramic bike path towards Wülfrath. The former railway line leads you through the shallow hills, past Heiligenhaus, Velbert and Neviges - around 20 kilometers of car-free racing bike enjoyment!In Mettmann, you then cycle in the footsteps of the 2017 Tour de France professionals. The ascent to the city was part of the Grand Depart of Dusseldorf back then. And just like the professionals back then, now you continue your journey through the beautiful Neandertal. Unfortunately, the cycle path along the road has gotten a bit old here, with the road bike you will prefer to stay on the road.After the flat Neandertal it becomes hilly again. In a demanding up and down, you start to the final sprint. The descent at the "donkey" brings you back to Kettwig, where this time you cross the Ruhr and set course for the organic farm, which you are looking forward to for some time. Absolutely right: Here you can sit comfortably outside on a bench, enjoy the silence and the delicious cake. You deserve the break.One highlight is still waiting for you: The RS1 cycle path illustrates the vision of the traffic planners of the Ruhrgebiet. Although only ten kilometers of over 100 planned finished, yet a promising approach that shows that in the Ruhr area, the importance of the bicycle has been recognized for the future. And so you roll completely car-free through the city in the direction of Essen Central Station, the starting point of the tour.Tip:
    If you are 116 kilometers too long, you can shorten the tour in several places. A look at our map shows you the places where this is easily possible.

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  • Difficult
    06:17
    91.9 mi
    14.6 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,375 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Almost 150 kilometers are waiting for you on this beautiful lap. The tour is so relatively long. But she is - except for a notable increase - also completely flat. From Duisburg it goes to the Lower Rhine German-Dutch border area. Over a beautiful bike path on the Rhine dike you reach the old Roman town of Xanten. A short detour to Holland should not be missed, before you drive on beautiful country roads to the farmers' café Ellerhof. From there it is not far to Duisburg, the mouth of the Ruhr.You start at Duisburg central station and it is directly interesting: Along the harbor there is plenty to watch - boredom excluded. In the first part of the tour you follow the course of the Rhine and have always great views of the longest river flowing through Germany. Especially the section on the Rhine dike is just fantastic. Especially if you have no headwind.In Xanten you leave the Rhine. Maybe you'll strengthen yourself in the old Roman city. The atmosphere here is perfect for a little break. In addition, some power does not hurt, because immediately follows the only increase in the tour. After all, 70 meters in one piece - so you do not necessarily expect a tour on the otherwise rather flat Lower Rhine. The following descent on the quiet country road is all the more enjoyable. And you're heading for the short Dutch section of the tour.Back on German soil, it is now on quiet country roads back to the starting point of the tour. After crossing the Rhine, there is time for a break again. In the farmhouse Ellerhof you can sit down in peace and enjoy in a nice atmosphere coffee, home-baked cake or delicious waffles. After that, the remaining 15 kilometers back to Duisburg are a breeze.

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  • Difficult
    04:35
    62.0 mi
    13.5 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,425 ft
    Expert road ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

    Out of Dortmund, this tour takes you to southern Münsterland for about 100 kilometers. On the way you drive on lonely railway lines and on wonderfully remote country roads. Before you dive into the city bustle, you can once again relax on the organic farm Schulze.Starting point of the tour is the Dortmund main station, from which you head east to the bike-friendly town of Unna. So far, the environment is still quite urban - then it is suddenly quiet, if you turn on the old railway line, today's avenue bike path. The beautifully paved bike path runs straight through between fields and woodland and always offers great opportunities for a short break.At the former station Lenningsen you change direction and turn to the north. Passing Hamm, you rush over small (but very well with the road bike passable) country roads with great views of the surrounding fields to Ascheberg, the turning point of the tour. On the way back the organic farm Schulze invites you for a long break. In the large farm shop you can browse in peace and taste one or the other homemade specialty. Or you can sit down in the cozy café corner and treat yourself to a delicious coffee with a piece of fresh cake. So strengthened you are ready for the last kilometers of the tour, which lead you back to the Dortmund Central Station.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    425 mi
  • Duration
    31:21 h
  • Elevation
    13,875 ft

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