Just a few steps from the hustle and bustle of city life can take you into the quiet nature of the Ruhr area. Once you dare to venture from the beaten paths of the city, you will have unimagined opportunities. Discover new tracks and paths and experience the tranquillity of the idyllic forests on your doorstep, listen to a small trickling stream or to the sounds of animals that live in the many small green oases around us. All this awaits you on your next trail running adventure! You don't have to travel to the Alps and you don't need extreme terrain, it can be found in the Ruhr area. In this Collection, we introduce you to seven great running laps that will give you a whole new freedom in the middle of the Ruhr area.
Our seven routes start on the doorstep of the big cities in the Ruhr area. They can all be reached quickly by car or public transport so you can easily go for a spontaneous post-work run. We have also chosen routes that mostly follow quiet paths and - whenever possible - use unpaved roads or narrow trails. Our routes often lead you through idyllic woods, over rolling hills or through green parks. There are many route alternatives so you can vary your run and adapt it to your personal wishes. If you are short on time, you can choose a quicker route. If, on the other hand, ten kilometers are not enough for you, simply add a few more trails. That's exactly what trail running is all about: freedom. Get out there and have fun!
In order to enjoy a portion of nature and to take gravel or beautiful trails under the running shoes instead of asphalt, you do not always have to turn your back on the city. On this tour you start in the middle of Dortmund on a beautiful run, which leads you through the Rombergpark and along the Phoenix Lake. Of course, no alpine altitude training awaits you, but the route is wonderfully quiet and completely avoids the hustle and bustle of the city. Start and finish of the round is here directly at the legendary Signal Iduna Park, the venue of BVB. If you are visiting Dortmund, an absolutely worth seeing highlight. If you live in Dortmund, on the other hand, we do not have to tell you to celebrate this place in peace.
So it starts on the stadium parking lot, from which you quickly run to the Emscher. It was once considered the dirtiest river of the pot - today it has been renatured over long distances and offers walkers, cyclists and runners a magnificent backdrop for a great time in nature. The Emscher leads you directly to the Phoenix lake. In the past, the steel stoves bounced, and here is a popular recreational area - on the shores of the lake there are noble villas in which one or the other football star of the BVB lives. A short detour to the New Kaiserberg gives you a great overview of the lake and various relics from the time of iron and steel.
On the way back, the route leads you over the site of the former Phoenix-West Blast Furnace, an impressive industrial monument that you can explore on your run. Then you can reach the Rombergpark with a botanical garden, where you can enjoy all sorts of trail variations, including little detours from our route. That way, you can extend your run a bit more if you want. If you have enough, you are on the way back. Soon you will see the huge pillars of the gigantic football stadium where you have reached the goal of the round.
"Small but mighty" is this short run, which is garnished with many vertical meters and great vantage points and offers you a very demanding program at the gates of Dortmund.You start from the trail parking lot at the Hengsteysee directly on the trails that lead you in tight bends up to the Syberg and thus to the old walls of the Hohensyburg. After this steep warmup program, you can relax on the castle wall and enjoy the beautiful view of the Ruhr valley.It continues: From the castle ruins you walk down narrow trails downhill, until you cross the Hengsteystraße to dive right back into the forest on the other side. Over the trail, which runs along along the steep northern shore of Lake Hengsteysee, you have always a wonderful view of the water. There are some trail variations up here so you can just turn here and there and give your tour a few more meters.After the descent down to the lake, you have the choice: If you follow our route, you will run straight back to the starting point of the tour on the idyllic north shore of the lake. You pass the old Villa Funcke, on the ground floor of which the Café Waldschlösschen invites you for a cozy cooldown coffee on the lake shore. If you prefer to keep pumping, you can also complete the Hengsteysee. Along the shore, there are various paths that you can not miss.
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Between Recklinghausen and Herne lies the largest stockpile landscape in the Ruhr region: up to 152.5 meters, the "summit" of the Hoheward heap towers above the pot. Once here, among other things in the coal mine Ewald the black gold was brought from the earth - today the old heaps are a great area for walkers, cyclists and of course runners. Here you can earn a lot of altitude in the middle of the Ruhr area and walk on narrow trails instead of smooth asphalt roads.This short tour combines the hilly landscape of the Hoheward heap with an idyllic detour to the Ewaldsee, a former cooling water reservoir that is home to numerous species of birds and a paradise for anglers. Around the lake are two circular routes: one directly on the shore, the other through the surrounding forests of the Emscherbruch. Also the Emscher break is a relic of the mining industry. The numerous swamp and water surfaces were created by subsidence through the coal mining and are today a biotope worthy of protection.The starting point of the round we have placed in the vicinity of the station Recklinghausen South. So you can come by train, or park your car in the parking lot, which is located here. From here, you can get warm on the Emscher Park Cycle Path before turning off towards the heap. From here, you have many options that allow you to vary this round. On the heap there are countless trails and connecting routes, so you can hang a few more kilometers and altitude, if you want. A detour to the top of the heap is of course highly recommended: from there, the view of the Ruhr area is simply terrific. More variety is really not. And if you can not get enough of all this: Right next door is the heap of Hoppenbruch, which is also waiting to be explored by you.
This short round on the outskirts of Bochum is ideal as a crisp Feierabendlauf: It starts from the site of the Ruhr University and is easily accessible by tram or by car. And if you do not have the distance, you can easily extend it.
Let's start at the Ruhruni, where you can start the round directly at the S-Bahn station, or - if you come by car - from one of the numerous parking lots. You briefly roam the impressive university grounds and dive immediately into a small forest, which is located exactly between the university and the Kemnader lake. There are countless little trails waiting to be discovered by you and to lead you down to the Lottental and from there to the lake.
The Kemnader Lake attracts many Bochumers with good weather in its relaxing ambience. But even if the large parking lot on the north bank sometimes seems a bit crowded, on the numerous paths around the lake, it is good, so you can always run in peace. Different paths lead around the lake. On the section we use, there is even a single trail just above the shore, away from the paved bike and walking paths right on the water. So you have the choice: from the relaxed run in the plane to the varied ups and downs in the forest everything is in it.
After following the lakeshore for a while, the route bends back towards Bochum. A nice climb followed by a narrow downhill trail and you're back in the lot valley. From here you follow the Kalwesbach, which brings you back to the university via a beautiful forest path.
This round has plenty of potential to be extended by you if you want to keep going. If you like being flat and on asphalt, you can circle the Kemnader Lake - a plus of about seven kilometers. On the north shore of the lake and in the Kalwes forest below the university invite loads of trails to a small encore.
In the southeast of Dusseldorf is the Eller forest - the oldest nature reserve in the city. Old forest stands and picturesque wet meadows await you, through which narrow trails and cozy paths lead. Right next door, the idyllic waters of the Unterbacher See provide a change.Our route starts on a parking lot in Düsseldorf Eller, where you can easily park your car. Alternatively, the S-Bahn brings you here: The Düsseldorf Eller station is a stone's throw away. Only a few steps and you are in the countryside. About forest and dirt roads, it is now directly in the direction of Unterbacher Lake, which you completely surround. Here you go under the high ropes course Dusseldorf - nice to see how the courses wind high above you through the treetops.When you leave the shore of the lake, you are back in the Eller forest and walk over the seven bridge path. The many ditches and ponds here are a paradise for newts, toads and frogs and with a bit of luck one of the feathered inhabitants of the forest will fly you across the path: Gray herons, hawks or wrens - a total of 41 breeding birds are found in the Eller forest.In the early morning hours the run through the Eller forest is a very special experience. When the wildlife awakes, you can even spot deer and foxes here. It will never be boring on the trails and trails here anyway. Incidentally, if you want to run for more than ten kilometers, the route can be easily extended: If you cross the Rothenbergstraße in the north of Eller Forst, you can continue your run in the picturesque Düsselauen. In the south of the track, on the other hand, it makes sense to add a circumnavigation of the Elbe.
Even the Krupps knew how beautiful it is in the hills north of the Essen Baldeneysee. But while one of the most famous families in the Ruhr area settled down comfortably in their Villa Hügel towards the end of the 19th century, you can appreciate a very different feature of the place where the Krupps once recovered: countless narrow trails meander through the Krupp forest and it goes without saying why the villa bears the name "hill". On this challenging ten-kilometer round, a varied up and down with many vertical meters awaits.You start from the regatta grounds at Lake Baldeney, where you will be greeted in advance with a great view over the lake. After a short, shallow passage you cross the railway tracks and you are already in the Krupp forest. From now on it goes up and down - a very demanding running track, but never boring. Again and again you will be rewarded with the best view. Be it on the Baldeneysee or the Villa Hügel - a beautiful place, just outside the Ruhrpott metropolis Essen.Incidentally, you can easily vary the round: A little further east, the trail network continues in the hill park and later in the city forest, so that you could still pack a decent portion in terms of distance and altitude. And if you fancy a relaxed run, you can simply follow the slippery path around Lake Baldeney.
The Ruhr area is full of beautiful, exciting places, which remind again and again of the past of this region: Old winding towers, high heaps, huge industrial wastelands but also idyllic waters are relics from a time before the structural change in the pot. Just such a place in the north of Duisburg is the scene for this quiet round on relaxed trails. The route leads around the Baerler forest lake and over the heap Rheinpreussen. Loose trails, an idyllic water landscape, a beautiful climb and a great view - for a change is provided on this short round.You start right on the lake, where you can leave your car in a small parking lot. Now you will circle around the forest lake, where you can vary our round again and again: There are several paths that lead around the lake and various cross-connections. For example, in bad weather, you can switch from slippery clay soil to grippy sand or simply add a few meters in your run.If you reach the north side of the lake, you can already see where it goes straight up: Here you have a beautiful view of the heap Rheinpreussen, on whose "summit" a large miner's lamp, the so-called "jagged", enthroned as a landmark. Now you have to overcome some 80 meters in altitude to change your perspective and enjoy the beautiful view from the top. Then it's just downhill until you reach the starting point of your run again.