From the train station in Bestwig there is a bus from Monday to Saturday to Bestwig-Föckinghausen to the hiking car park at the Waldhaus (travel time 15 minutes).We start stage 8 in Bestwig-Föckinghausen at the Waldhaus car park. First we go up the path to the Gemeinheitskopf (549 m above sea level). There we come across the Plackweg again and continue towards Brilon. The path leads over the heights through a wonderful winter landscape. After approx. 2-3 km we reach the Nuttlarer Höhe at 522 m above sea level. In the direction of Nuttlar we can see the highest motorway bridge in all of North Rhine-Westphalia at 115 m above the valley. We follow the Plackweg, at the Hirschbruch car park we pass the L776 and after another 3-4 km we reach the village of Esshoff. Here more than half the distance is done and we take a break. Then it goes through the village, then past the Marienkapelle Esshoff to the hiking car park Altenbührener Mühle. You can buy coffee and cake to go in the Altenbürener Mühle restaurant. Our path branches off here along the small Glenne stream and soon we are trudging steeply through fresh snow up to the Windsberg at 585 m above sea level. After the strenuous ascent, it goes past a few wind turbines down to the NSG Kleinschmidts Mühle. One last, not quite as steep ascent brings us to Brilon. In the village we walk down to the center of the village. There are many beautifully restored half-timbered and slate houses around the church and on the market.From Brilon Markt there is a direct bus connection back to Bestwig (journey time approx. 25 minutes).
January 17, 2021
We start our stage in Hirschberg after we have parked a car at the destination in Bestwig-Föckinghausen. We actually planned to drive to Bestwig by car and from there to reach Hirschberg by train and bus. Since we are doing the stage on a Sunday, there is no bus going to Hirschberg. But it is possible on weekdays and on Saturdays so that you don't need two cars.
The Plackweg runs directly in the center of Hirschberg. We start first downhill and then through the Bermecketal to the Dindeltor crossroads. From there it goes steadily uphill on the Eversberger Weg. We trudge through a wonderful winter forest and warm up quickly. We continue over the Brandenberg at 500 m above sea level until we cross the B55 at the Gasthaus Stimmstamm and walk up a wide hiking trail to the Plackweghöhe (580 m above sea level) with the Lörmecketurm. From the tower there is a beautiful view to the north and we can see Hirschberg, Warstein and the television tower Stimmstamm. To the south the clouds hang so low that there is no view of the Ruhr valley.
We continue on the Plackweg, past the Warsteiner Kopf refuge to the Gemeinheitskopf. Here we leave the Plackweg to get to the parking lot at the Waldhaus in Föckinghausen.
January 10, 2021
This stage is a difficult stage in several ways:
1. The stage is long.
2. The journey is difficult.
3. During the tour it turns out that the trails are in poor condition due to the large amount of logging with heavy equipment and, in connection with the rain of recent weeks, have turned into real mud slopes.To anticipate, we have overcome the difficulties and have reached our goal. But now from the beginning:
The approach to our starting point at the train station in Arnsberg is designed as follows: We drive to Hirschberg. There is an hourly bus to Meschede (at least on weekdays and Saturdays). At 8:50 am we are the only passengers. In just under 20 minutes we drive down to Meschede and board the train to Arnsberg at Meschede station. After another 15 minutes driving time we reach Arnsberg. So we can start at 9:30 a.m. and start today's 21 km route.
First it goes from the train station up to the Schloßberg, where we come across the Plackweg. The path actually leads over the old castle ruins on the mountain, but these are currently closed, so we follow the old castle path, past the historic vineyard on the castle hill and the Arnsberg place of execution, the Galgenberg, on over the old soest path to the bridge via the A46. Behind the bridge we turn left and now come to the Arnsberg Forest. The path initially leads very pleasantly as a narrow path on a ridge parallel to Breitenbrucher Straße, until we cross it at the Arnsberger Wald hiking car park and follow the Plackweg in an easterly direction. From here the paths are wider and later become muddy slopes due to the forestry work. We often have to go into the forest and make our way through this way. Over the Damberg (417 m above sea level) it goes on to the Ruhrtalblick and Hermannsblick. At the so-called Dinscheder train station there is a hiker's hut with a table and bench, which is ideal for a break. We keep walking and come via the so-called Glösinger Bahnhof (why this is called I don't know, there is no place and no train station here) to Kuhnsberg and Lattenberg. The Waldgasthaus Schürmann is just behind the Lattenberg hiking car park. Even now, when the restaurants are closed due to the corona lockdown, the landlords offer small dishes, coffee and cake to go. We follow the old Arnsberger Weg to the highest point of the hike at almost 500 m above sea level and then down into the valley and along the Wackerbach in the direction of Hirschberg. The town of Hirschberg, with 1700 inhabitants, lives up to its name and is located high up on the mountain (460 m above sea level), so that at the end of this long tour we have to tackle the last steep ascent to the town. When we arrive at the town hall, we rest on a bench, enjoy the view of the historic town center with its beautiful half-timbered houses and strengthen ourselves with our remaining supplies. Fortunately, we have now parked our car here and can make our way home after a long and exhausting tour.
January 3, 2021
We start this stage at Neheim-Hüsten train station and walk along the Baumbach, then over the Holzener Werg and through the forest up to Herdringen. There we walk east around Herdringen Castle and get back on the Plackweg route at Habbeler Weg. We follow the path towards Müschede. Along the Röhrhang you have a beautiful view of the village of Müschede. At the Berggeist (wooden figure), turn left towards Röhr. After the Röhr we pass the train and walk left towards Ort. The path leads us through the village to the church and further up until we come back to the fields above. In Wicheln you pass large paddocks for a while along the road and then turn left into the Arnsberg Forest. On the electoral temple mount we discover the sequoia tree, which was planted in memory of the forest assessor David Seemann. According to the inscription, David Seeman was "driven to his death by irresponsible administrative conduct" in 1996. Soon afterwards we come to the highest point of today's stage at approx. 400 m above sea level. Via the Löckepfad it goes down into the Seufzertal and up to the Kreuzberg. Before that we take a break at a refuge. From the Kreuzberg chapel you have a wonderful view of Alt-Arnsberg. We go down the Kreuzweg and come to the Jägerbrücke over the Ruhr. The Plackweg then leads in the direction of the old town and the Schlossberg. Shortly before the ruins of the old castle, we turn onto the Neue Schloßweg and downhill to Ruhrstrasse and the Arnsberg train station.
December 31, 2020
The starting point for this stage is the Binolen train station on the Hönnetalbahn line from Menden to Balve or Neuenrade.
We cross the federal road B515 and turn left onto the path to Eisborn. Here we are right back on the Plackweg. The path leads us up the mountain to Eisborn, then around the village and further up. After Eisborn, the path runs without a footpath along Burgstrasse for a while. Fortunately there is not much traffic, otherwise this part is not so nice. But somehow you have to get around the Calcit Edelsplitt Produktions GmbH quarry. From Retringen it goes on again on narrower paths, first into the Dombkebach valley and around the Heggenberg, then to Holzen and on towards Oelinghauser Heide. After we have crossed the Oelinghauser Heide street, we turn left into a small path that leads us down to the Mühlengraben. The Mühlengraben now has so much water that we have to pass it over the large stones that were specially placed in the creek bed for the crossing. Then there is a short but very steep ascent to the Schakenberg. Once at the top you can already see the Oelinghausen monastery complex. The Oelinghausen monastery is ideal for a rest. There are many benches in the courtyard where you can relax and unwind. The Plackweg continues over the Kreuzweg in the direction of Herdringen. Here we leave the Plackweg and walk through the Wiedmannsweg and the street Zum Krähnbrink. There we turn into a small wooded area and walk downhill to the Holzener Weg. We cross the street at the Berndes plant and then turn onto a small footpath along the Baumbach. We follow the stream until we reach the underpass to the Neheim-Hüsten train station at Berliner Platz
December 29, 2020
In Altena we start near the train station on the other side of the Lenne on the Lenneufer. First it goes from the old town up the Burgweg to Altena Castle. Today the castle is a museum and youth hostel. Incidentally, Germany's first youth hostel was located here. A small museum also shows how people stayed in the youth hostel back then.
We are not visiting the castle today, because a long stage lies ahead of us. First it goes up. The path always leads along the slope with a view of the Lennetal. The path runs south of Nettenscheid to the southernmost point at Berghof Gut Rückeljahn. The Sauerland Hunting School is now located at this historical location. The estate has existed since 1745 and was once used as a family and resting place for special people. Chancellor Adenauer and future Chancellor Erhard were already sitting together in the great hall of the manor house. Then the path turns to the northeast and soon leads to the mountain "Großer Attig", 509 m above sea level, with a magnificent view of the Sauerland. From here you can see the Nordhelle and the Schombergturm near WildeWiese when the visibility is good. Shortly afterwards the highest point of the tour follows on the Quitmannsturm. From the tower you have a view of Neuenrade. Now it goes past huge new wind turbines in the direction of Leveringhausen. Behind the village of Leveringhausen we leave the Plackweg to get to Garbeck, the end point of our stage. From the Hönnetalbahn stop in Garbeck you can drive in the direction of Fröndenberg and Unna or Neuenrade.
December 20, 2020
Arrival by car to Altena and from there by train (runs twice an hour) to the starting point at Hohenlimburg train station. From Hohenlimburg you first go up the mountain to Hohenlimburg Castle. Here we meet again on Plackweg X1. From Hohenlimburg Castle it goes along the slope with a view of the Nahmer Valley to the Lame Hasen. There it goes over the Nahmer and on the other side up the mountain towards Wiblingwerde. Once at the top, at 500 m above sea level, you have a fantastic view. After a short photo stop at the village church of Wiblingwerde, it goes downhill again into the Lennetal. The last few meters are back to Altena station along the road. A great, varied tour with a long, strenuous climb and the wide view as a reward!
December 19, 2020