I rarely go around the Buchholz district of Kölsch-Büllesbach. In order to take advantage of the golden October weather, I decided today to take a tour from the front door to the far north of Buchholz. :)There were some sections of the route that I didn't know yet. This also includes a visit to the former basalt quarry Steiner Berg near Jungeoth. This is 283 m above sea level. the highest point in the local community of Buchholz.I have already hiked some of these former quarries, in whose crater a lake has usually formed. Now I can add another one to my collection that I didn't know before. Access is via a slightly overgrown path. You can take a look at the crater lake, but I had my difficulties taking photos through the bushes.I remembered that there were many paved roads around Kölsch-Büllesbach. But that is actually not the case everywhere, so that today's lap felt only about a third of it over asphalt. Apart from a few places, mud was not an issue either, so the lap was pleasant to run.All in all, it was a nice, promising autumn round that was fun.
2 days ago
- 02:137.59 mi3.4 mph350 ft375 ft
News from the series "I'm getting to know my old home anew". I don't think I've ever looked at Ulenburg Castle as closely as I did today.The moated castle dates from the 16th century. Until 2008, a care facility for mentally handicapped people was housed there for many decades. Since 2014 the castle has been owned by a Yezidi community to run an education and study center there.The castle park is open to the public. Even if, according to my parents, it was better cared for in the past, I liked it a lot.The path from Ulenburg Castle through the Ulenburg beech forest and the forest east of Häver, a district of Kirchlengern, on partly narrow paths was also very beautiful. Otherwise it was mainly on asphalt, which I didn't mind today, even in view of the great weather. It was a nice autumn round!
October 10, 2021
The weather today was special. At night and in the morning there was a strong storm with early temperatures around 18 degrees, now at the beginning of October. The rain radar showed this morning: It was raining everywhere around us, but we were in a dry "rain hole". For me it was a question of: Don't chew, put your shoes on. ;) Mainly because it should get wet here in the afternoon too.A perfect occasion to take another lap from the front door. Although the lap is almost asphalt-free, mud was not an issue. The warm wind had probably caused strong evaporation of the soil moisture.Today my backpack was really used. Just in case I packed a rain jacket, but put on a normal jacket, where the moisture can evaporate better from the inside. I hadn't walked very far before it got too warm in there. So I packed the second jacket in my backpack and hiked in short sleeves. And so it was until the end - I got through the tour dry.Perhaps a little tip, since the signposted circular routes B1, B2 and B3 here in Buchholz have a relatively high proportion of asphalt: This round would be a good alternative with almost no pavement and asphalt to enjoy the wide landscape here.In any case, I like these rounds here again and again, and each time I think of two words: Nice here!Oh yes, I was home for a quarter of an hour when it started raining here too - perfect timing!
October 3, 2021
My "Wednesday" fell on a Thursday this week. So there was a Thursday hike this week. It was a matter of exploring home a little better. The basic theme should be to follow the Hirzbach from the source to the mouth of the Mehrbach, then walk a bit along the Mehrbach to the mouth of the Krumbach, and finally to follow the Krumbach up to the source. Both streams have their source near the Asbach district of Limbach, so I chose the parking lot at the church in Limbach as my starting point. I already knew parts of the lap, but there were also many new sections for me.First of all: I did not find the sources, but I did not search for them particularly intensively. Following the Hirzbach was not so easy in the upper part, especially because some paths had been cordoned off and added to a cow meadow. So it was time to go back and walk a bit of the road. In the lower part of the Hirzbach there is a narrow path that I have already walked in the cold season. But now it was so overgrown with nettles that I also retreated here and took a different route.The path on the Hirzbach leads partly over meadow paths where the grass was a little higher. Shoes and the bottom of the pant legs were quite wet as a result. Mud, however, was not an issue. But you shouldn't rejoice too soon. The way back along the Krumbach was very muddy in places. If you don't have it with muddy paths, you shouldn't walk here at this time of the year. What is striking about the Krumbach are the many fishing ponds that you pass. The fishing park Krumbachsmühle is open to the public, the other ponds all seemed to me to be private. I have seen anglers at many of these ponds who are obviously present there around the clock. ;)On the Hirzbach the landscape is rather open, on the Krumbach there is a lot through forest, so that the circuit is quite varied overall. In cool, but partly sunny weather, it was a very nice tour today.
September 30, 2021
After yesterday was a day of rest from storms and rainstorms, at the end of my vacation I went on another nice tour through the west of the island of Borkum.In the Greune Stee, a forest area left to its own devices, a so-called quarry forest, you can cycle and hike very nicely. I was out on foot, especially on the way there to the south-east on quite rustic paths. On the way back I followed a paved path where there were very few cyclists in the first, eastern, part. Here the southern parallel path, the Anton-Scharphuis-Weg, is more popular with cyclists. About halfway back, I followed this path.At the beginning of the tour, I paid a visit to the coastal radio station with the small lighthouse, also known as the "electric lighthouse", and the large steel lattice mast. The area itself is cordoned off, I took a few photos from the outside.A round through the Greune Stee is always worthwhile and for me it is a "must" on every Borkum vacation.
September 24, 2021
A trip to the east end of Borkum, the (or the?) Hooge Hörn, is always an experience. In the nice and warm weather today I saddled my bike and went (again) to the Steerenk Klipp in the east of the island. There is a large bicycle parking lot here, which was again very popular today. From here you can only continue on foot, of course for me too.So I started my 8-kilometer hiking tour at the east end of Borkum. First we went past the Oostbake to the beach. At the rinsing line I walked east until the normal tourist couldn't go any further. Here the protection zone is marked with stakes that are not allowed to be entered. On the way "Dör der Hahlingjes" we went through a beautiful meadow landscape back to the bicycle parking lot.Most Borkum holidaymakers who do not spend all the time on the beach will know the way to Hooge Hörn. If not, my tip is to give it a try. The third part of my hike, the direct route from the bicycle parking lot to Hooge Hörn, is just wonderful, I like to repeat myself here. The journey by bike is definitely worth it.My conclusion is therefore not a surprise: a wonderful excursion!
September 22, 2021
With the mixed weather today, I waited until the afternoon to go on my excursion because there was a prospect of the weather improving. At the beginning, however, I drove through light rain.Today three of the viewing dunes on Borkum were on the program. A nice overview of the viewing dunes can be found here:
The Steerenk-Klipp, where I was yesterday, is still missing in this overview. So there are 5 viewing dunes on Borkum.However, I cannot recommend the "Hermannshöhe" viewing dune on the Greune Stee, as it always rains there. ;) That was the case last time and again today. The other two viewing dunes then benefited from the weather improvement that actually occurred.
But nonsense aside, the ascent is of course worthwhile with all the viewing dunes.From the viewing dune in the north dunes, not far from the village, you have a great view of the skyline of Borkum. There are all kinds of masts and towers here. I have listed them in the captions to the best of my knowledge and belief.In the end I drove right past some buildings. Lookout dunes are always special highlights for me, so I really liked the round despite the initial weather problems.
September 21, 2021
- 02:2819.2 mi7.8 mph400 ft400 ft
While I used the bike on Borkum as a "feeder" to the starting point for hikes on previous vacations, today there was an almost pure bike tour for the first time. It should be a tour around the island. Of course, you can't ride a bike everywhere on Borkum, so it doesn't really go along the "edge" of the island.But with the harbor and the "Steerenk-Klipp" viewing dune, I headed for the furthest possible cycling point in the south and east of the island. I have to say that such a tour gives you a good impression of the dimensions of the island. In terms of its area, Borkum is the largest East Frisian island and you can definitely tell on this tour.Because I kept making short stops and walking a few meters, the tour was very varied. The temperatures were pleasant and the sun came out from time to time. Really nice!
September 20, 2021
- 01:428.32 mi4.9 mph225 ft225 ft