The inspiration for this tour came only a few days ago from Johanna's "Runde um den Berger See 🌄" (komoot.de/tour/363338666), which I adapted for my purposes.I not only wanted to experience the Berger See, but also the fining ponds at Gut Rocholz.The Naturschutzbund Deutschland eV (NABU), Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis, reports that these ponds "due to their design are hardly recognizable as part of a wastewater system, but mostly only perceived as bodies of water with a large number of different water birds All year round, many different ducks such as mallards, teals, tufted ducks, mute swans, geese, little grebes, white and pond claws, gray herons, cormorants, the shimmering kingfisher and many other bird species can be observed.
(nabu-ennepe-ruhr.de/natur-erleben/wasservoegel-in-gevelsberg)I also found a detailed and interesting history of the area of today's fining ponds, as well as an equally interesting description of the role of these ponds as a biotope for birds and animals, at heimatverein-gevelsberg.de/themenseiten/die-schoenungsteiche-am- rocholz-2, and this piqued my interest, although I am by no means an ornithologist.
------------------It was a very nice round today in the bright sun, above all varied, with forest and meadows, only short stretches along roads, wide and very narrow paths (partly muddy), a lot of water and many birds.The swan on duty at the Berger See did not want to be photographed today, and the "exotics" in the area of the fining ponds apparently all had their day off today. Instead, I saw many gray herons in the trees, and at the Berger See and in the area of the ponds it was wonderfully quiet, despite the twittering of birds and now and then a passing train.
6 days ago
Großenbaum is a district of Duisburg in the Duisburg-Süd district. ...The emergence falls in the time of the medieval agricultural settlements. Originally the entire area of today's Großenbaum was covered with forest. It belonged to the Angermund office and was part of the Huckinger Gemarkenwald, the so-called Grindsmark, the eastern part of which still exists today. Jan and Bede Meypels are documented as the first settlers here. In 1532 they built their house on the big tree near the road to Saarn. This big tree was a barrier at a Bergisch customs office.Further information: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Großenbaum------------------------
Tiger and Turtle - Magic Mountain is a landmark modeled on a roller coaster on Heinrich-Hildebrand-Höhe in Angerpark in Duisburg-Angerhausen. The large sculpture is a work of art by Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth, which was developed as part of the Ruhr.2010 Capital of Culture.Source and further information: de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_and_Turtle_–_Magic_Mountain
as well as in the corresponding highlight in this tour.---------------------------------------------For years I have wanted to visit the walkable work of art Tiger & Turtle, and now I've made it, and also experienced a lot of nature on the way there.
Next time I will bring a little more time with me so that I can experience the whole Biegerpark, as it was particularly nice and quiet today.I am very satisfied with this round. 😎(Komoot's calculation of my "time in motion" and therefore my speed is again incorrect today. Just ignore it.)
May 8, 2021
Another "square round", this time in the northwest of Dortmund, between Bodelschwingh and Huckarde.Almost the entire route was on wide forest paths, without inclines (despite Komoot's statistics) and without masses of freshly felled trees. Instead, you can see many, many trees here that were felled ages ago and now, mostly thickly mossy, just lie around and watch hikers.Lots of people were out and about here today: jogger groups, families with small children, occasionally cyclists, and of course many walkers and hikers. The morning was still very quiet in the forest, and almost all you could hear was the constant chirping of birds.Nice!!(Komoot's calculation of my speed is wrong again. Just ignore it.)
April 25, 2021
To this day I didn't know that the regatta course was sooooooo long, and I didn't expect that many trees in the immediate vicinity. Without the trees, this tour would be a bit boring in my opinion. After about 2.5 km on one side of the track, I had already seen enough water for today, and another 2.5 km was waiting in front of me on the other side.It was still interesting, and if I lived in Duisburg, I could imagine that I would repeat this circumnavigation several times. But I probably won't drive from Bochum to Duisburg for a second lap here.But there are other corners of Duisburg where I would like to walk or hike. 👍😎
April 22, 2021
The Katzenstein is a wooded hill east of Blankenstein and west of the Hammertal.It is part of the Alte Ruhr-Katzenstein nature reserve. The restaurant "Krans im Katzenstein" is located on the edge of the forest, outside the nature reserve.(Source: Wikipedia)
---------------------Another very nice lap. Today I only saw 3 other people on the mostly narrow and currently mostly dry paths through the forest or at the edge of the forest.Nice views in almost all directions, and good weather. What more do you want? 🤔😉(Komoot's calculation of my speed is wrong again. Just ignore it.)
April 20, 2021
The Laerholz is a small forest area in Bochum-Querenburg. It stretches over a kilometer from the Uni-Center to Schattbachstrasse. It is bordered on the sides by Hustadtring and Laerholzstraße. The Asbecke flows through it. Traces of the former mining can still be found in the forest, including Pingen. ...
A pinge (or binge) is a wedge, trench, or funnel-shaped depression created by mining activities. These depressions, which are also called funnel pits due to their shape, are often created by the collapse of old underground pits that were operated at shallow depths. In contrast to natural landforms, a pinge is an artificial structure.Swell:
ruhrkohlenrevier.de/ob9130.htmlFor me, Laerholz is on my "Plan B list" for days like today, when I don't feel like driving relatively far away for the tour that I had actually planned for today.In this context, "Plan B" does not mean that this circuit is less beautiful, interesting or entertaining compared to other routes. On the contrary!! 😊(Komoot's calculation of my speed is wrong again. Just ignore it.)
April 18, 2021
- 01:024.78 mi4.6 mph325 ft325 ft
Today I was in the Haard for the very first time, and it was forest-friendly!
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Since I had planned my lap myself instead of choosing one of the "standard routes", I had the trails almost to myself, and the people I met were all exceptionally friendly and talkative, and wanted to give me all kinds of tips for the rest my day in the hair.
April 16, 2021