The mountain heath on the Kahler Asten, with its 841 m above sea level the second highest elevation of the Rhenish Slate Mountains to the Langenberg (843 m above sea level), is the highest high heath on the roof of Westphalia. At the southern edge of the Hochheide, the only periodically water-bearing Lennequelle comes to light. With a height of 820 m above sea level, it is the highest source in north-western Germany.
West of Winterberg rises the flat ridge of the Bald Asten. The domed dome is occupied by a large dwarf shrub heath. It is interspersed with single trees and groups of trees, which contribute to the special beauty of this highest situated high heath of northwest Germany in the landscape.
On the edge of the hill, the heath on the summit merges over thicker shrubs and trees into crippled beech forests. The high mountain ash proportion reflects the harsh, cool-humid climatic conditions that have led to the special nature of the area. On the northeast slope of the mountain is a forest unused Bärlapp beech forest, which is already developing into the decay phase. Also on this "Kampfbuchen" the climatic disadvantage of the Kahler Asten is vividly clear.
In addition to the relevant dwarf shrub heaths transitions are formed to Borstgrasrasen. Hochheide, Borstgrasrasen and the formerly used as Niederwald beech forest together form an extraordinarily protected Biotopkomplex and are an impressive testimony of the historic forest pasture (Hude). For the Rothaargebirge the complete equipment of the mountain heaths of the Kahler Asten with the typical kind inventory is exemplary.
Not only because of its special topography and the associated views, but also because of its special natural features of the Kahle Asten is a heavily frequented attraction for those seeking relaxation. A natural history exhibition in the adjacent Astenturm and the nature trail created by the nature park meet the information needs of the numerous visitors.
A new way concept is to open the heath again new development possibilities. Once a year, the area is grazed with a flock of sheep.
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