"... meadows and fields shaped the flat valley through which the Ruhr flowed about 80 years ago. Behind a small dike were isolated courtyards, certainly the grassland was used for cattle breeding The river was flanked to the right and left with a respectful distance by two small railway lines, the Ruhr valley and the Hespertalbahn. At the Ruhr valley, the Carl Funke mine was busy mining coal and even had a small loading station. On the Hespertalbahn, on the other side of the river The Pörtingsiepen colliery existed, and the large hill belonging to the Krupp industrial family, Villa Hügel, was already visible in the valley.
If you walk on the meadows and fields of yesteryear, you get wet feet. Because in 1933 the Ruhrverband opened the largest of the six Ruhr reservoirs in the area. Since then, Lake Baldeney has stretched between the districts of Werden, where the weir is located, and copper turning over a total length of approx. 7.8 km and an average width of approx. 350 m. The lake understandably follows the shape of the original Ruhr Valley and has the shape of a curved banana. The lake has a storage volume of around 8.3 million m³. In addition to the generation of electricity from hydropower, the lake is mainly used for sedimentation and purification of the Ruhr water for drinking water use and for leisure and recreation ... "
May 15, 2020
The area around the lake and the lake itself offer a particularly varied and panoramic hiking area. On one side fish sheet with its rather open landscape and great panoramas and on the other side the wooded part with the Korte cliff (must visit!) And several places to stop for a bite to eat. All of this is connected by the almost 27 km long Baldeneysteig (plus the side views of the ruins of Isenburg and Korte Klippe). Highly recommended. Since there are many great places for a short or longer break, enough time should be planned.
Sturdy footwear (hiking / trekking shoes) and surefootedness are required for the Baldeney dough.
July 14, 2020
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