Rheinland-Pfalz: Dünenwald Speyer – #FinishspartWasser für die Natur
Hiking Highlight (Segment)
Finish planned a hike.
March 17, 2021
2020 was the warmest year in Rhineland-Palatinate since weather records began in 1881. The consequences of the lack of rain and the increasingly hot summer can also be clearly seen on the Palatinate side of the Rhine plain. Where there used to be a species-rich marshland, now dry forests are growing, which are now showing massive damage.The groundwater level continues to sink, so both young and shallow-rooted trees can no longer reach the water. In the Speyer dune forest you can not only explore a special landscape, but also see how dry and poor in nutrients the soil of the Rhine plain is.You start at the train station in Speyer and walk directly to the banks of the Woogbach. On well-tended paths you walk right along the water until you turn right after three kilometers. At the edge of a settlement you dive into the forest and after you have left the old shooting range behind you, you reach the Dudenhofen dune path.The sandy soil can only store water poorly and is one reason why more and more trees are drying up. The Speyer dune is the highlight of this circular hike: in the middle of the forest you can scramble over sandy slopes and discover exposed, washed-out roots.The Speyer climbing forest allows you to change your perspective, which brings you safely up to the weakened treetops. High up you can take a closer look at the different leaves, fruits and barks. Back on firm ground, you hike on sandy paths one more time into the valley of the Woogbach, which brings you back to your starting point at Speyer train station.