Harzer-Hexen-Stieg - Etappe 2: Von Buntenbock nach Torfhaus
Hiking Highlight (Segment)
Andreas.Serenity4u and Bine.Serenity4u went for a hike.
September 6, 2020
Since yesterday we had already hiked from the Bärenbrucher ponds near Buntenbock to Entensumpf, the remaining 2nd stage now leads us from Entensumpf to Torfhaus.The second stage is themed:"Upper Harz Water Management"For almost the entire stage, the Harzer-Hexen-Stieg runs directly alongside ponds, ditches and watercourses of the "Upper Harz Water Management"."Raising water through water": the Upper Harz water management with its 107 ponds and 310 kilometers of trenches in the Upper Harz has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2010 because it is by far the largest and most important pre-industrial energy supply system in the world.Just a few hundred meters after the start of today's stage, we reach the Huttaler Widerwaage: a small, at first glance, seemingly insignificant basin, with which the direction of flow of the water in the ditches could be reversed ... as if water apparently also flowed uphill could (hence the term "counterbalance" = "against the horizontal"). The further path leads along the Huttaler Graben as well as a multitude of historically relevant ditches and water structures, all of which are excellently described on the numerous information boards, to the Sperberhaier Damm and the Dammgraben. There we meet the iron spring about 1 km further; a well with particularly ferrous water.A few kilometers further on we come to a shelf with wooden buckets. The second Hexen-Stieg-Station explains the history of the "Wasserknechte" who lived in the 12./13. Century have lifted the water from 20 to 30 m deep shafts by hand with buckets.After 17.5 km we reach a small junction that takes us down steep stairs, some of which are quite overgrown, to the Nabetaler waterfall. After we are back on the main path, we have to turn sharply right a few hundred meters further. This passage leads down a narrow, earthy path, sometimes quite steeply, so that sturdy shoes and surefootedness are urgently recommended here. At the end, at km 18.7, a distance of approx. 1.5 km from around 630 m to around 810 m up to Torfhaus, today's stage destination.This stage is not only extremely scenic, but also very interesting and instructive ... which, however, also has a significant effect on the hiking time to be planned.
Stamp locations:128 - Huttaler Widerwaage - N51.78573 E10.37743149 - Kleine Oker - N51.79513 E10.47567 (only for HWN)133 - Förster-Ludewig-Platz - N51.80347 E10.48783This hike is part of our collection:"Harzer-Hexen-Stieg"komoot.de/collection/957029/-harzer-hexen-stieg-harz
September 7, 2020
Again very nice reports from the track, thank you! 👍My recurring☺️question: 🤔 Your overnight stay, how do you do it this time - something booked at the start and destination? Or like on Heidschnuckenweg twice or more often in the same place and then with public transport / taxi back to the hotel / own car?I wish you a lot of fun on the further route! 😊
@Andreas away: That's right, we wanted to add that ... This time, due to the central location, we are in Braunlage the whole time in the relexa hotel Harz-Wald. The travel times to / from the start and end points are limited.
September 8, 2020
Hi Andreas! How beautiful is the Harz, right? We were there on vacation for the first time in May / June this year. We stayed at the Waldweben campsite in Clausthal-Zellerfeld, which is also an ideal location. We were and are very enthusiastic about nature, despite the dead forest that is everywhere.Especially the Huttaler counterbalance, this path inspires me again and again! The water bubbles everywhere, even in the dry season. They have already solved this very intelligently in the past! U d then the many ponds, dreamlike enchanted beautiful!Great pictures, nice tour and professional report!I wish you more nice days and good weather!
September 9, 2020
Hello Frank! Unfortunately I only got around to answering you today, sorry. Yes, we too still find the Harz beautiful, especially since you can already see in many places that the forest is not dying, but is changing. But above all, there are also very beautiful, intact places, such as here at the Upper Harz water shelf or on stage 5 (komoot.de/tour/255327784) with the wonderful hike through the Bodeschlucht.
September 13, 2020