Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)
Bike Touring Highlight
Planned by Römer-Lippe-Route
On the fifth day of the Roman-Lippe-Route you cycle from Lünen on the northern edge of the Ruhr area. Right on the border to Münsterland you get here from the huge metropolitan area but nothing. Instead, the bike path leads you across wide fields, through small towns and along the Wesel-Datteln-Kanal. Also detours in the Aulandschaft the lip should not be missed. At the end of this varied tour, you will stand on the banks of the Haltern Reservoir, which invites you on a warm day for a swim break.Along the Lippe, the fifth stage takes you right out of Lünen. After cycling a short distance along the meadows, you cross the river and then follow the Datteln-Hamm-Kanal. Soon, the bike path makes a northbound loop and leads you back over the lip and on to Bork. If you would like to take a break now, then Bork is perfect for that.Next you cycle over open fields and meadows and enjoy the wide view. Soon you'll be back on the lip, where you can admire an impressive engineering masterpiece. At this point, the Dortmund-Ems Canal in a huge trough bridge leads across the narrow river - a stunning sight.A little further downriver you reach the Alte Fahrt, an old arm of the Dortmund-Ems-Kanal. The old canal was too narrow for the growing shipping traffic and is therefore no longer used. The Römer-Lippe-Route follows the course of the canal southwards until it meets the Wesel-Datteln-Kanal at Datteln. At the lock in Datteln you can also take a break in one of the inns before continuing your bike ride.Now it goes straight along the canal. From the bike path you have a great view of the canal and the slow passing ships. Leave the canal at the small village of Naesheim and cycle north to the Haltern reservoir. Here you drive with great views along the south shore of the lake into the city.If you have started early, you can end the afternoon in Haltern with a visit to the outstanding Roman Museum. Alternatively, also lures the cozy old town with its nice streets and good food.