Sabine went for a hike.
August 8, 2019
After having sniffed the nature of the Schieferwanderweg with dog a few weeks ago, I finally walked the whole distance with not so warm weather - again with dog.And I have to say: The Schiefergrubenwanderweg is one of the most beautiful hiking trails I have ever walked. The route does not stray from the subject of "slate pits", but the way leads in a constant ups and downs from one pit to the next. At each pit, ruins convey a feeling from the slate crusher's workplace, and a board gives the interested hiker facts! Tables and benches invite the hiker to take in the place during a little rest. In the Kaulenbachtal below the Herrenwiese pit a wall told of the death circumstances of the "Koulemänner" and the suffering and sorrow of the affected families. Quite violent and dangerous was the life of the slate crushers. In addition to the mourning, the family was faced with greatest existential problems if one of the family members in the mine work accident.Touching the fates of the victims and suddenly the slate region is no longer just a natural fallow, which is developing new and promising. It is also a place of dramatic history and human destinies that still touch us.The path winds past the memorial over the hill and I walk steeply uphill between two huge slate screes. I like the way narrow and somehow exotic-different. Very impressive, when you look up at the hundred meter high slate mountains. Very warm here. The dog just wants to go up and out of the shale dumps. He has no interest in my admiration.So we go on and come to a plateau. The mines here were called Höllenpforte I and Höllenpforte II. They were more modern in their construction than the old tunnels. Maybe the miners did not trust them? Devilry? Strange as the mine names were, the plateau does not suggest anything bad.We continue steadily uphill through the forest and come out after one and a half kilometers back in Leienkaul. We are almost at the end of our tour. NEARLY!Now comes the highest shale pile of the pit Maria shaft, which ran in 1959 in a storm with water and since then is no longer operated. Info panel. Mine cart. And a fantastic view! On the opposite side I see the pit Colonia, the Juliusstollen, in the valley the pit Herrenwiese and on the right the elongated Leienkaul.CONCLUSION: Dreamlike hike with fantastic views and touching insights.At the car we are now very fast. Only two hundred meters and then it's back home.
Very interesting topic hike!I'll keep that in mind. Thank you!
Super described - thanks for that. Phoebe, the slates were scary, I suspect. There are the instincts even more pronounced than with us humans.
Gell, here you could shoot a space movie, quite funny mood. That's how I felt when I was there. You had a great view, class!
Great Tour👍 I have to remember 😉
August 9, 2019
Class description. Thank you. I save myself.🙋♂️