This time it went from Erlbach to the headwaters of the Schwarzbach.
First up a small hill, past the exchange ponds and the kindergarten, it then went on a fairly flat path at the edge of the forest to the Kegelberg ski area. The restaurant Einkehrschwung is located directly at the lift and is recommended for a first break.
Now there is a steep ascent to the Luchspöhl. The path follows the border with the Czech Republic and brings us directly to the headwaters of the Schwarzbach. Benches and a table offer a good opportunity to take a break.
Now it goes slightly uphill and down over the sparsely populated present-day Kostelni (formerly: Kirchberg), whose old cemetery is definitely worth a visit, back up to the high stone.
On this day we were rewarded for our efforts with a fantastic view from the Hohe Stein. We had a great view far into the Czech Republic into the Eger basin, but also to Bavaria and the Saxon Vogtland.
Now the short descent followed the chapel and the refuge, so that after a little more than 15 km we reached Erlbach again.
The round tour offers a welcome alternative to the ascent and descent to the Hohe Stein. Beautiful views into the distance are guaranteed, but also long stretches on which you will hardly meet hikers. The Kostelni cemetery with its many old graves, some of which are more than 100 years old, offers a moment for contemplation and remembrance.
June 20, 2021
The tour through the Ratingen city forest starts at the parking lot of the Ratingen Lintorf cemetery. You can also take the 751/752 bus and choose the Ratingen Lintorf, Friedhof stop.
The idea came to me when I saw Gaby's (GRK) tour, from which I took many suggestions. Thank you Gaby for this.
First it went south through the Ratingen city forest towards Ratingen. At the house to the house we turn east and pass through Poensgen and Cromford Park to the Blue Lake.
The recreational facilities at the Blue Lake are pretty shabby and littered. That couldn't just have been due to Corona. The path on the edge of the lake is almost completely overgrown with blackberry bushes. It remains to be hoped that there will be some cutback here.
Now you reach the Angertal with the Auermühle. It is worth taking a break here, but unfortunately only with the provisions from the backpack today.
Now it goes further north and first of all there is a longer ascent. Once at the top, it will soon go again through wonderful forest paths past Eggerscheidt to the Dickelsbach.
We follow the Dickelsbach to the west. The meanders invite you to linger and if you have a dog with you, you can offer something here.
We cross Mülheimer Straße and turn north, further along the Junkersbusch Grabe and Dickelsbach.
Going east again, we cross Mülheimer Straße again and take a few detours to just before the S-Bahn stop in Ratingen Hösel. A little further north, it then goes west again via the Linnep forest cemetery to Linnep Castle. A turtle was actually basking in the castle pond. It was also quite warm today.
Now it's almost there. Head south again over a short piece of asphalt and we arrive at the Ratinger Waldsee.
At the edge of the Lintorf cemetery we get back to the parking lot and it's done.
The tour can be shortened as desired. It offers great forest paths, often past small streams. Many benches invite you to rest.
March 31, 2021
The tour begins at the Protestant church in Wuppertal-Beyenburg. Sufficient parking spaces are available there.
From there it goes in the direction of the Beyenburger reservoir, which can be reached after a few meters. We leave the ice cream parlor at the starting point of the draisines on the left. Here you can reward yourself at the end of the tour.
Now it goes along the Beyenburger Staussee and later along the Wupper. We get to the Wülfing Museum via narrow paths. Old weaving and steam machines could be viewed here, but unfortunately, like the cafe there, it is closed due to Corona.
We continue along the Wupper to the old Dahlhausen train station. There you will find the old steam locomotive and wagons, which are being prepared by the local railway association.
Now the Wupper is crossed and it goes uphill to the OT Keilbeck. From there we take narrow paths to the edge of Radevormwald and turn north to Remlingrade. Again it goes up and down on narrow hiking trails. Over the ridge on the Wupper with wonderful views it goes back to the Beyenburger reservoir.
March 28, 2021