Hiking Highlight (Segment)
The Gelpetal forms together with the Saalbachtal a wooded recreational area in the south of the city Wuppertal on the border to Remscheid. The two streams Gelpe and Saalbach unite in the lower Gelpetal mentioned in Zillertal and lead a short time later in the Morsbach, one of the larger tributaries of the Wupper.
August 12, 2017
"... The Gelpe valley extends for a good four kilometers after Huckenbach and Dornbach merged to form Gelpe. The hammer mills and grinding shops were once lined up along the course of the stream like a string of pearls. At the end of the 19th century, water lost its importance as an energy supplier The companies were able to leave the narrow valleys and settle on the plateaus in a new and larger way.
During this time the Gelpe valley lost its importance as an industrial location and the Gelpe valley as well as the neighboring Saalbach valley became a popular local recreation area for Wuppertal and Remscheid. The construction of the Ronsdorf dam in 1898 accelerated this development. Numerous excursion restaurants have emerged with good names such as Bergisch Nizza, Gelper Hof and Zillertal.
In 1980 the industrial history trail was laid out in the Gelpe Valley in order to use information boards to convey the historical facts about the former cottages and hammers to the visitors. A stylized water wheel serves as a signpost for the historic Gelpe Valley industrial history trail. ... "
February 18, 2021
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