About Thomas Langhirt
- Thomas Langhirt
At the parking lot (Landwehrallee) in Schwebheim / Mfr. Our hike began today, which first took us past the village pond back to the B 13. We crossed this and in the forest afterwards we found a walled spring socket off the road. Back on the way we had to walk up to the Löhlein at the first fork on the right, slightly uphill. Shortly before the Löhlein we passed an orchard meadow with old trees, which has become a rarity these days. In the Löhlein itself, the snowdrop populations were to the right of the path. At the end of the forest we kept to the right and again at a small pond. Shortly before the end of the forest, our path led again to the right into Flur, where we had a panoramic view of the Frankenhöhe on a hill. In the further course of our hike we came to the connecting road Burgbernheim - Hochbach at the height of the Erlbach. We followed the road on a parallel grass path before turning right on a farm road to NEA 43. Once there, we now had to walk a short distance directly along NEA 43 (please be careful!). At the height of the Hagenmühle we left the road and then reached a rest area at the Burgbernheim landscape lake (1 large pond and 2 small pre-ponds). Winterlings bloomed on a meadow in the immediate vicinity and gave off a bewitching scent. During our lunch break here we enjoyed the warm February sun. Then we came to the pooled pitch source at the edge of the ponds. The path along the ponds allowed us to observe the diverse world of water birds again and again. The water of the large pond flowed over a brick drain into the Ens, which we now followed to the connecting road Burgbernheim - Hochbach. From here it went on dirt roads along the Ens past the Aumühle to the Burgbernheim sewage treatment plant. If you are traveling with a four-legged friend, please leash here, as the idyllic ponds are used for sewage treatment. A little later we came to a quarry owned by the Knauf company, which meant that the rest of the way was in a very poor condition. We were happy when we reached the cycle path on the B 470 again. We continued on it to the Schindbuck, where we came to the left and then right to the B 13. Only 200 meters later we crossed the B 13 at a parking lot opposite and took stairs down to the source of the Aisch, where there was also a seat. We used this for our lunch break. Afterwards, dirt roads brought us up to the PfarrEi-Hof with its wide open spaces for the chickens. We went back to Schwebheim with a slight slope. We had to cross the Engertsbach directly on the outskirts. It wasn't far to our cars now.
4 days ago
- 08:0510.0 mi1.2 mph850 ft900 ft
- Thomas Langhirt
First of all, I would like to thank Peter Honecker, who encouraged me to take this tour with a newspaper article and brought me closer to some places that I didn't know before.Start today was the parking lot at the Protestant church in Ochsenfurt. From here I walked a bit monotonously along the southern bypass towards Goßmannsdorf. At the end of the bridge, the path led slightly to the left in the old Hohestadter Straße uphill to the Josefskapelle on Wilhelmshöhe. On the way I had several unobstructed views of Kleinochsenfurt and the Main Valley. After the chapel, after a while I came to a garden plot, where a short detour along the garden wall gave me a view of Ochsenfurt. In the further course my way led me past the premises of the Kneipp company before turning right to Hohestadt. Shortly before the site, I met a lonely cruiser. On my way to the Church of St. John the Baptist through Hohestadt, I came across two wayside shrines and an orphaned Lourdes grotto. You should definitely take the time to visit the church, as the interior is well worth seeing. When I left the village, I passed two more wayside shrines before I went straight to the hall chapel at the Brandlein. I then circled the Brandlein and, going down the valley, I reached the path that extends the blade to the south. In this way I came to the Schinderkreuz and the outlet basin of the Schinderbrunnen. Afterwards I had to walk across a meadow to a field path that brought me to the Seiffert chapel with a panoramic view. Back on the farm road I crossed the Aussiedlerhöfe on the Wolfgang. Then I followed St 2269 a little to the right to a figure of a saint and then continued my hike to the country tower. Next I came to the Lindleinbrünnlein with a pond in a small wood to the south. The path now led down to the B 13, where the “Red Bridge” is somewhat inconspicuous below. So far there has been no seating and so I used it for my lunch break. Freshly strengthened, we went to the imposing summer linden tree with the little arguing fountain below. I followed the trickle of the spring a short distance before walking right up to the B 13. Immediately after crossing the street I stood in front of the little trough, where in 1631 the Swedish king Gustav II Adolf is said to have watered his horse on the way to Ochsenfurt. Then I use the new bike path for a while, before going down to the right into Bärental. On meadow paths I now came to the main path, on which I continued towards Ochsenfurt. At a hairpin I had to leave the path and going uphill I finally got through the forest up to St. Wolfgang's chapel. There I took my coffee break under an ancient linden tree. On the old road I went down Uffenheimer Strasse to Ochsenfurt, where I crossed the B 13 above the Kauzen brewery. Afterwards I hiked up the Kapuzinersteig and on the hill I use the first possibility to walk to the right to the Dümmerberg. I followed the path above the fenced-in property and was able to catch another glimpse of Ochsenfurt, before going on an easily overlooked path right down to Eichendorffweg. From here it wasn't far to the starting point.
5 days ago
- Thomas Langhirt
Today's hike began in the parking lot behind the Geiselwinder town hall. Back on the market square we met the trail marker "G2" for the first time, which was our companion for some time. We went left along Hauptstrasse before turning right into Friedrichstrasse. This brought us in a straight line past the three-franc elementary school up to the golf course. At its edge, the "G2" led us into the fairytale winter forest above and on to Sausack, where a sign showed us the way to the old three-franc stone. From there we came back to the main path on a path that no one had been on before us. Shortly before the edge of the forest, the "G2" left us to the right. But we stayed on the way down to Ebersbrunn, where we visited the contained spring of the rich Ebrach. We walked past the “Zum Hirschen” inn on a farm road out into the hallway. In a left bend we followed a dirt road and finally had to walk below a hedge in a meadow to the Ebersbrunn mill. A path brought us from here past three drained ponds to the shepherd's field, where a steep climb awaited us. After leaving the slope behind us, we looked at the Großbirkach parish church from the outside. In the village itself, we would have liked to stop at the “Schwarzer Adler” inn, which was impossible due to Corona. So we had to make do with a bus shelter at the playground for our break. The Drei-Franken-Stein-Weg, which we now followed to Ilmenau, also passed the playground. Shortly before the village, the path turned right and we came to KT 47. From here we walked over to the forest on the opposite side of the road, on the edge of which we continued and later reached Neugrub in a right-hand bend. Behind it we came via a path going downhill through the forest down to the Kais Oak above Füttersee. We saw a sad sight after she had lost half of the crown in 2018 to the September storm "Fabienne". A small slope now separated us from Füttersee. We crossed the place and steadily climbing we reached the hill on the Krackenberg. Now we just had to run after Geiselwind.
February 17, 2021
- 06:449.10 mi1.4 mph525 ft475 ft
- Thomas Langhirt
The start was the parking lot at the Schafsee opposite the MUNA settlement and with the “Dachs” symbol I would be on the Frankenhöhe today. At minus 17 degrees, the paved path was a bit monotonous at first. It was not until I turned left onto an unpaved path after entering the forest that I experienced the enchanted winter forests of Kohlbrunnen- and Dachsschlag. On the further way I had to keep right twice before continuing through a small wood and then along the edge of the forest in the direction of the Ermetzhof. When there was a gap between the woods, the path first led to the right and then to the left again. Now I had to cross the open space, although the path through the snow was not visible. Only a sign on the opposite edge of the forest was an orientation aid for me. Then I got to Ermetzhof via a dirt road. I quickly left the place behind me and in front of a field barn a path took me to the left up to the edge of the forest, where there was a place to rest. A little later I met a covered resting place at a barn. Inside were wooden panels with funny sayings (see pictures). When the dirt road turned into a farm road, I followed the "badger" to the right. After crossing a small wood, I had to keep left at the following edge of the forest and a little later the "badger" left me. I continued to stay near the edge of the forest. Only when I reached two forest barns did I continue in the direction of Preuntsfelden. At the crossroads I had to turn right and finally arrived at the Hornauer Weiher. In the immediate vicinity of the Hornauer Mühle (sawmill) was also the outflow of the pond, which is also the origin of the Altmühl. Along the north bank, I then came to a parking lot on the western shore of the lake, where I continued to the right towards the barns. Here the path made a slight bend to the left and then it took me to the Hornauer Hut. I used this for my lunch break. Only a few meters away the European watershed (EWW) passes here, which now accompanied me for the rest of my hike. First on a path, then on a back alley, I hiked up to the Eichbuck. At the top I followed the forest path to the right through the snowy forest. On the way the silence of the forest was only disturbed by the noise of a chainsaw. In front of the transmitter mast on the Bürkhartsleite, the path became a path again and the "badger" came back again. Behind the transmitter mast the path met a paved forest path, where there was a bench with a panoramic view of Windsheim Bay at the edge of the path. On the EWW I was now making rapid progress and after a final downward gradient I reached the road from the B 13 to Ermetzhof. I had to follow this about 100 meters before turning right to the parking lot.
February 16, 2021
- 08:3010.3 mi1.2 mph1,025 ft1,050 ft
- Thomas Langhirt
I started my hike today at the hiking car park in Ochsental (Kleinochsenfurt). First I had to walk a bit in the direction of the B 13 before turning sharply right onto a dirt road at an information station with a bench. After crossing the Rappertsmühlbach, a path led above the vineyards up to the NSG "Maintalhang Kleinochsenfurter Berg", whose quarry is also one of the 100 most beautiful geotopes in Bavaria. Here I then spent some time capturing the beautiful winter motifs photographically. Shortly after the quarry I came to a lookout point above Goßmannsdorf. I then hiked on the panorama path and after a while came to a rest area with a view of the Main Valley, which was built in 1972 when the land consolidation was completed. Several lookout points followed before I came to a paved path at the summer houses, barns. I followed this to the left to an intersection. As always on this tour, I made a short detour down into the valley to the stone stele for Karl Kopperger. Back at the intersection, my path now led below the Aussiedlerhöfe to the picnic area “terroir f - Magical place of Franconian wine” with its sculptures. I also took my lunch break here. On vineyard paths I then came to the next rest area above Sommerhausen (shell limestone snail and tomb). The descent to Sommerhausen then took place via an icy footpath. Arrived happily at the bottom, I ran through the city to the Main Bridge. A stone sculpture on the roundabout shows how Sommerhausen and Winterhausen got their names. Immediately at the end of the bridge, a stone staircase (left) leads down to the bank of the Main and through the old town to the Rathausplatz with its beautiful ensemble of buildings. I walked along Fuchsstadter Strasse under the railway bridge to Schönleite. The moon path that started there now brought me up to Ludwigshöhe, where I visited the warrior and Friedrich Ebert monument. Then I came to the moon gazer on the moon path. Here I followed the path down to a set up wine press. Going to the right, I soon reached the Mondweg again and came to the protected part of the landscape above Goßmannsdorf. The Russian grave and the partially reconstructed quarry canteen / smithy are also located here. I finally reached a radio mast via dirt roads and shortly afterwards the Goßmannsdorfer elevated water reservoir. After this it goes down to the left to Goßmannsdorf, whereby it gets a bit adventurous at the end. Following the main street, I came to the Main Bridge at dusk. After crossing it, I had to walk about 500 meters to the parking lot.
February 15, 2021
- Thomas Langhirt
The parking lot right next to the Obersulzbacher Friedhof was our starting point today. From here we had to go back to the main road. Passing the closed “Krone” inn, our route immediately afterwards led out of the village to the right into the hallway. At the first possibility we turned left onto a farm road and followed it for about 300 meters before we ran on a dirt road past a pond up to the edge of the forest. We hiked uphill on a forest path to the German Bühl. After turning into a forest path here, we had to use our instinct to find the memorial stone for Heinrich Pfeifer in the forest. Back on the forest path we went through the forest area Eberstall downhill and at a crossroads we had to keep left. We followed this path to a right-hand bend, where a washed-out gravel road took us up to the left to the Sandberg. At the top it went left and a little later steeply downhill (17% gradient). Right next to a transmission mast is a rustic hunting lodge, the front of which can be used by hikers, as the hunter explained to us on site. The sliding door can be opened, but please leave the room clean again! Going further downhill we finally came to the edge of the forest. From here we hiked to Unterhegenau, where we had to follow a piece of the AN2 in the direction of Obersulzbach in order to reach the Schwedenkreuz. Our path led through the village up to the right to a 300-year-old oak. Across the meadow and further along the edge of the forest, it went into the forest on Eichelberg. The forest path didn't have much variety and so we came out of the forest above Unterfelden. A connecting road brought us past 2 ponds, a fish farm and a golf course to Colmberg. Through the settlement area we came to an unpaved road, which should take us slightly uphill to the European watershed (EWW). Due to a wind throw, however, the last part was difficult to pass and the EWW was impassable. We followed the forest path to the left to a turning area. Here a lane led uphill to the right, which a few meters later led into an old ravine. Over this we finally came to the rest area at the Schulzenhöhe. Now it wasn't far to the road to Berndorf, where another rest area awaited us with a view of Colmberg. Here we took a short rest before we could enjoy several viewpoints on Berndorfer Straße on the way to Colmberg Castle. After we had reached the castle, we unfortunately had to find out that the publicly accessible outdoor facilities of the castle were also closed due to Corona. A little disappointed, we ran up the mountain on Berndorfer Straße again before we walked past a deer enclosure to the left. At the edge of the forest we met the EWW again, which we never left until our starting point in Obersulzbach.
February 1, 2021
- 06:249.38 mi1.5 mph750 ft775 ft
- Thomas Langhirt
Today I started my hike at the parking lot of the natural bathing pond in Nordenberg. The area was open to the public and so I was able to take a look inside. Immediately afterwards I was already in the Wild West when I passed the snowy Old West Ranch. Shortly afterwards it went left into the forest. Here I followed a back lane to the next forest path, only to get back a little later on a back lane to the deer brook. The Bühlmeyer memorial stone stood a little off the road. Then I passed a hut on a forest path before turning right into the forest (see Figure 15). Stomping through the snow, I reached the Säurängeleweg after a short stretch. Nobody had been here since the last snowfall. I hiked on through the untouched snow and came to the Hochmutsbrunn forest area. A short detour brought me to the memorial stone for the fatally injured farmer's son Heninger. Back on the main path I found the memorial stone “Zur Krumen Eichen” after about 150 meters. From here it went to NEA 52, where the hut "Schauers-Ruh" was on the roadside. To the right of this I now followed the path to the deer pond, which is located in the Altmühl spring area. During my lunch break under the porch of the hut there, I could even see a beaver some distance away. Then I had to cross NEA 52 again in the immediate vicinity of a pavilion. After visiting the wild baths and the margrave building, my way led me to the “Alter Mann” rest area. After a short search I found the memorial stone “To the old man”. Now I had to walk back a short distance before continuing through the high forest of the “Kohlplatte” forest area. The blacksmiths used to burn their charcoal here. At the “Teufelsgraben”, the steep descent down to the idyllic Heimatsee followed. I reached the other side of the lake on a dam that was badly damaged by the beaver (be careful!). Through the forest I went down into the corridor, where an icy wind and light snowfall welcomed me. This got stronger and stronger and so I decided at short notice to use the developed farm road to Nordenberg. In Nordenberg itself I had to make the next compromise due to the weather. Instead of walking along the Schlossberg, I ran up the roadside of the AN 8 to Obernordenberg. At the bus stop I followed the edge of the forest back to the parking lot and finally arrived there as a "snowman".
January 16, 2021
- 07:039.75 mi1.4 mph850 ft850 ft
- Thomas Langhirt
We started again today at the parking lot of the Sugenheim sports grounds. From here we first followed the road to St 2256, where we had to cross the Ehebach on a bridge. On the other side of the St 2256 we hiked on a corridor, slightly uphill, before turning right to a bank with a panoramic view of Sugenheim. Continuing uphill we ran towards the edge of the forest, at the edge of which we came across a land consolidation monument and a little later on a rock cellar. After we had mastered the ascent, we turned left into a forest path, which later continued into a path through the beautiful winter forest. Back on the forest path, we made rapid progress and soon reached a hiking car park on the edge of the forest above Ullstadt. There was also a seat here that we use for a break. Afterwards we followed a dirt road to the right that brought us to the Jewish cemetery. Unfortunately, like many others, this was not open to the public. We returned the same way to the hiking car park, where we reached Ullstadt going downhill. We explored Ullstadt and marveled at the magnificent palace complex from the outside. Past the castle, we now had to continue along NEA 30 in the direction of Oberlaimbach. Caution was advised here as there were only a few cars on the road, but some of them were very fast. When we finally arrived at the forest path to the transmitter mast on the Grubsberg, we were happy to be able to leave the road. The last climb for the day brought us to the transmitter mast and to a nearby vantage point on Ullstadt. Behind the transmitter mast, a path continued through the wintry forest to the castle stables. Wood had been felled right behind the castle stables, which affected the path. At the edge of the forest we went straight back to the left into the forest and so we passed a drained pond some time later. Above the meadow mill by the forest we use a bench for a coffee break. We ran through the meadow mill (please watch out for riders and children playing!) And over a bridge we came back over the Ehebach. After crossing the St 2256, we had to turn left a short distance before continuing on a well-developed corridor. Only at a chain of ponds did we turn right onto a dirt road. This brought us straight through fields and later orchards back to Sugenheim. Shortly before the St 2256 we met again on the morning path and walked it back to the car.
January 11, 2021
- 06:3010.8 mi1.7 mph750 ft825 ft
- Thomas Langhirt
In Obernordenberg, I parked right at the bus stop next to the bus shelter. But I'm not sure if this is really an official car park. I quickly left Obernordenberg behind me and explored the Schlossberg with the Nordenberg castle ruins. Back on the main path I followed the “Red Milan” to Linden. After crossing the village, the path led down into the forest, where I made a detour to a chain of ponds. On a straight forest path I came through the monastery forest to a back alley above the Karrach lake. I used it to at least look at the Karrachmühle and the lake from the edge of the forest (private property, entry prohibited). So I had to go back and on the forest path I went left on the hiking trail. This brought me to the Linden-Wachsenberg street, which I followed to the left to the Karrach junction. Here I walked straight through the Karrachwald before turning right after a small pond. After leaving the forest, I had to walk a short distance to St 2250 to the left. After crossing it, I came to the Neusitzer Steige (still clearly visible) and a wayside shrine that reminds of a former Dominican convent. Via the “Rote Steige” it was now down to the Neusitz ponds and then right to the fishing club house. Behind it I had to cross the St 2250 again before I hiked up an asphalt road to Wachsenberg. Once there, my way led to the left to the lookout point “Lug ins Land” with a view of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Here I use the bank for my coffee break. Then I had to continue above the Schweinsdorfer Ranken, whereby the forest path continued into a narrow path after a while. At the end of it, a detour of about 300 meters brought me to a monument to foresters from 1857. A few hundred meters after the detour, a very slippery path (hiking sticks are an advantage) led down into the valley in a hairpin. If you want to shorten, you should take the forest path past the pond. I let the sign across the street tempt me to continue and so I had to run an extra loop. Back on the actual hiking trail, it went up slightly to the Kepplinger Kreuz directly above the A7. The ascent continued after that and so I finally reached the memorial cross "The Spinner". From here I followed the forest path to the left through the Vogelbachwald, which released me from the forest shortly before Obernordenberg. Past the Schlossberg, I ran through Obernordenberg back to the car.
January 3, 2021
- Thomas Langhirt
I started right at the Marktbergel football field and only a few meters later I reached the other side of the B13 through an underpass. On my way up to the railway bridge I came through an avenue of old pear trees, which impressed me with their size. After crossing the bridge, I came across the path symbol “service tree” for the first time, which has mostly accompanied me on my way today. At the Wolfstall I then had to cope with the first ascent, before going steadily up and down along the railway line through the forest. I ran past a railway bridge and shortly after it turned left onto a forest path that brought me to two small ponds. The traces of beavers were clearly visible here. Passing a hut, I reached a forest path, which I followed to the right to finally come to the Russenweg (signpost is on the ground). The name of the path is believed to be a reminder of the Russian prisoners of war of World War I who laid it out. On this I hiked slightly uphill along the Rückertstal, formed over millions of years by the Erlbach, up to the Bismarckhöhe and from there on to a refuge on the European watershed. At short notice I decided to make the 300 meter long detour to the tower hill / old castle. Back at the refuge I now took the path to Hornau. Arrived at the Hornauer See, I walked along the lakeshore to the Hornauer Mühle, where the origin of the Altmühl is also in the immediate vicinity. From here I had to pass the small sawmill again before I hiked on to the right on a concrete path in the direction of Preuntsfelden. At the first junction to the right I left the path and reached two barns on the edge of the forest. I followed them until I turned right and then immediately left again past a makeshift soccer field into the forest. A little later, at a fork in the road on the right on a back alley up to the Wasserscheideweg, I reached a bank there after a short time. Here I took a break and enjoyed the view of Windsheim Bay. Continuing on the watershed, I finally came to the Schafsee, which I still circled. After reaching the B13, I followed the “Rote Steige” downhill, passing several rock cellars on the way, the access of which was secured with steel lattice doors to protect the bats living there. Shortly before the railway bridge I had to walk a short distance on the historical and natural Ermetzhöfer school and church path. From the railway bridge I went back to the car the same way I used to run up in the morning.
January 2, 2021