Escape the noise – trail running in the Ruhr area

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adidas TERREX

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!

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    01:49
    10.6 mi
    5.9 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Um eine Portion Natur zu genießen und statt Asphalt auch mal Schotter oder schöne Trails unter die Laufschuhe zu nehmen, brauchst du nicht immer gleich der Stadt den Rücken zu kehren. Auf dieser Runde startest du mitten in Dortmund auf einen schönen Lauf, der dich durch den Rombergpark und entlang des Phönixsees führt. Natürlich erwartet dich kein alpines Höhentraining, trotzdem ist die Route wunderbar ruhig und geht dem städtischen Trubel völlig aus dem Weg. Start und Ziel der Runde ist dabei direkt am legendären Signal-Iduna-Park, der Spielstätte des BVB. Wenn du in Dortmund zu Besuch bist, ein absolut sehenswertes Highlight. Wenn du dagegen in Dortmund wohnen solltest, müssen wir dir nicht erst ans Herz legen, diesen Ort in Ruhe zu zelebrieren.
    Los geht es also auf dem Stadionparkplatz, von dem aus du schnell an die Emscher läufst. Die galt einst als schmutzigster Fluß des Potts – heute wurde Sie über weite Strecken renaturiert und bietet Spaziergängern, Radfahrern und Läufern eine herrliche Kulisse für eine schöne Zeit in der Natur. Die Emscher führt dich direkt an den Phönixsee. Früher bollerten hier die Stahlöfen, heute ist hier ein beliebtes Naherholungsgebiet – am Ufer des Sees befinden sich edle Villen, in denen der ein oder andere Fußballstar des BVB wohnt. Ein kurzer Abstecher auf den Neuen Kaiserberg verschafft dir einen tollen Überblick über den See und über verschiedene Relikte aus der Zeit von Eisen und Stahl.
    Auf dem Rückweg führt die Route über das Gelände des ehemaligen Hochofenwerks Phönix-West, ein beeindruckendes Industriedenkmal, das du auf deinem Lauf erkunden kannst. Dann erreichst du auch schon den Rombergpark mit botanischem Garten, in dem dich allerlei Trail-Variationen dazu einladen, kleine Abstecher von unserer Route einzubauen. Auf diese Weise kannst du deinen Lauf noch etwas verlängern, wenn du möchtest. Wenn du genug hast, machst du dich auf den Rückweg. Schon bald erblickst du die riesigen Pfeiler des gigantischen Fußballstadions, an dem du das Ziel der Runde erreicht hast.

  • Difficult
    00:54
    4.50 mi
    5.0 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Expert run. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    "Small but beautiful" is this short run, which is garnished with many vertical meters and great vantage points and offers you a very demanding program just outside 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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  • Difficult
    01:23
    7.91 mi
    5.7 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Expert run. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    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 summit 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.

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  • Intermediate
    00:54
    4.68 mi
    5.2 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate run. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Some sure footedness required.

    Diese kurze Runde am Stadtrand von Bochum ist hervorragend als knackiger Feierabendlauf geeignet: Sie startet vom Gelände der Ruhruniversität aus und ist bestens per Stadtbahn oder mit dem Auto erreichbar. Und wenn dir die Distanz nicht ausreicht, kannst du sie ganz einfach verlängern.
    Los geht’s an der Ruhruni, wo du die Runde direkt am S-Bahnhof beginnen kannst, oder – wenn du mit dem Auto kommst – von einem der zahlreichen Parkplätze aus. Du streifst kurz das beeindruckende Uni-Gelände und tauchst sogleich in ein kleines Waldstück ab, das genau zwischen Universität und dem Kemnader See liegt. Hier warten unzählige kleine Trails darauf, von dir entdeckt zu werden und darauf, dich runter ins Lottental und von dort aus zum See zu führen.
    Der Kemnader See lockt bei gutem Wetter viele Bochumer mit seinem erholsamen Ambiente. Aber auch wenn der große Parkplatz am Nordufer manchmal etwas überfüllt wirkt, auf den zahlreichen Wegen um den See herum verläuft es sich gut, sodass du immer in Ruhe deinen Lauf absolvieren kannst. Verschiedene Wege führen um den See herum. Auf dem von uns genutzten Abschnitt gibt es sogar einen Singletrail etwas oberhalb vom Ufer, fernab der asphaltierten Rad- und Spazierwege direkt am Wasser. Du hast also die Wahl: Vom entspannten Lauf in der Ebene bis zum abwechslungsreichen Auf und Ab im Wald ist alles drin.
    Nachdem du dem Seeufer eine Weile gefolgt bist, knickt die Route wieder ab in Richtung Bochum. Ein schöner Anstieg gefolgt von einem schmalen Bergab-Trail und schon bist du wieder im Lottental. Von hier aus folgst du dem Kalwesbach, der dich über einen schönen Waldweg wieder rauf zur Uni bringt.
    Diese Runde hat jede Menge Potential, von dir verlängert zu werden, wenn du noch weiter laufen möchtest. Wenn du gern flach und auf Asphalt unterwegs bist, kannst du den Kemnader See umrunden – ein Plus von rund sieben Kilometern. Am Nordufer des Sees sowie im Kalwes-Wald unterhalb der Uni laden hingegen jede Menge Trails zu einer kleinen Zugabe ein.

  • Intermediate
    01:07
    6.49 mi
    5.8 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate run. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Some sure footedness required.

    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 here, 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 can be 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 walk 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 lake.

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  • Difficult
    01:15
    6.46 mi
    5.1 mph
    875 ft
    875 ft
    Expert run. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    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 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 quite 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 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.

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  • Intermediate
    00:31
    2.81 mi
    5.4 mph
    250 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate run. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Some sure footedness required.

    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.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    43.5 mi
  • Duration
    07:53 h
  • Elevation
    3,000 ft

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