Mountain Biking Highlight
The Rinn Valley near Alfeld is a really worth seeing nature reserve. With its typical vegetation in a Jura dry valley, you almost feel like in Tuscany. The slopes are used traditionally again today as hutanger (hats = animals). On an easy path you can discover the Rinn Valley nature reserve with its dry valley, juniper heath and arable terraces. In winter, the snow-covered valley unfolds a very special magic - you should have a look.
April 9, 2020
The Rinntal is a designated, 33.8-acre nature reserve. This is a typical Juratrockental the Alb plateau. The area includes the valley bottom in east-west direction and the slopes of a side valley of the Albach. At the bottom of the valley there is a dry and only in heavy rain water-bearing brook trough. The slopes were formerly traditionally used as Hutanger and are re-grazed with sheep for several years. The valley bottom is dominated by cultivated meadows and the flatter valley slopes are divided by former Ackerterrassen. The associated tendrils are covered with spotty field hedges and rich in limestone quarry. Today, juniper heaths and calcareous grasslands dominate the landscape of the pine-fringed valley with sporadically scattered smaller dolomite cliffs. The valley is a valuable habitat for numerous butterflies. The nature reserve is freely accessible all year round. A circular walk with informative boards leads along a designated nature trail  from Alfeld through the Rinntal. A visit is particularly rewarding in early summer to the bloom of the Kalkmagerrasens. Source: Wikipedia
April 18, 2015
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