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Etappe 1: Von der Quelle nach Herne/Recklinghausen – der Emscher-Weg

30.6 mi
9.9 mph
350 ft
675 ft
Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike.

Tour Overview



Bike Touring Highlight

2.55 mi

Emscherweg bei Dortmund-Sölde

Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

7.19 mi


Bike Touring Highlight

19.1 mi

Emscherradweg Mengede

Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

30.6 mi

Tour Profile


Singletrack: 8.54 mi
Path: 1.21 mi
Access Road: < 109 yd
Cycleway: 16.3 mi
Street: 2.50 mi
Road: 2.01 mi
State Road: < 109 yd


Unpaved: 3.59 mi
Compacted Gravel: 15.1 mi
Cobblestones: 195 yd
Paved: 2.17 mi
Asphalt: 9.05 mi
Unknown: 0.64 mi

Weather Forecast

komoot and Achim planned a bike ride.

July 8, 2019


  • komoot

    The cycle path along the Emscher begins directly at its source in Holzwickede, southeast of Dortmund. From the station Holzwickede the Emscherquellhof is about two kilometers away. In this beautiful half-timbered courtyard is the spring of the Emscher and here begins the approximately 100-kilometer Emscher-Weg, the fascinating cycle path in the Ruhr between pure nature and industrial culture.You meander through Holzwickede and follow the young Emscher who pulls her bows. Completely without traffic you cycle through the suburbs of Dortmund. Especially nice is the section in Aplerbeck. The market with its town hall, an old bridge and the magnificent moated castle are an idyllic ensemble that you might not have expected in the Ruhr area.After a few dodges you will reach a gem of renaturation: the Phoenix Lake. Once upon a time here was a huge steel plant, today the lake is a popular recreational area. Although you can not swim, but rush across the water with a sailing or pleasure boat.Continue through extensive green areas around Dortmund. You ride on beautiful bike paths through parks and industrial areas, then cycle again on romantic canals and past grazing sheep. This contrast makes the bike path so special. The first half of the cycle path ends at Recklinghausen city harbor, not far from Recklinghausen South station or at Strünkede waterfront in Herne.

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    • July 9, 2019