From the hiking car park Rausmühle I make my way uphill towards Buddemühle. It goes through the Löhbachtal to Bechhausen. The path leads through the Heimbachtal through Eschausen, over the Dabringhausener Straße near Hilgen, into the Dünweger Bachtal. The way here was destroyed by logging.
Through the Eifgenbachtal it goes towards Markusmühle, and back to the starting point.
2 days ago
I set off from the hiking car park at the exit of Scheel. The path leads past the Scheeler Dorfplatz, out of the village, and towards the dwarf cave.
The limestone cave is not far from the Neuenberg castle ruins and the Eibach ruins. Today it only consists of a cave entrance on Neuenberg. The name is based on a legend according to which dwarfs used to live in this cave.
Next to the cave, a path leads steeply uphill to the Neuenberg ruins.
The historical findings of the castle indicate that it was built in the 12th century. It was first mentioned in a document in 1433. Today, parts of the outer walls, the entrance and the moat are still standing.
On the mountain saddle between Kümmel and Leiberg, only 300 m from Kümmel, there is a listed wayside cross (so-called "Kümmeler Kreuz") on Heidenstrasse, an important historical military and trade route from Cologne via Kassel to Leipzig.
Currently the place Kümmel consists only of the listed forester's house ensemble (Kümmel 1) on the northeast side of the nature park road and the picturesque "Uhu House" (Kümmel 2) on the opposite side of the road.
The next destination is Gimborn Castle.
The castle is located in a remote valley of the upper Leppe. The complex has been owned by the Barons von Fürstenberg zu Gimborn since 1874.
I walk back past the Gimborn Church.
The Eibach estate, whose name was first mentioned in a document in 1352, is nestled in the middle of nature.
Right next to the courtyard are the ruins of a 16th century moated castle, which was destroyed by fire in 1782. The castle ruins are under monument protection.
From Eibach the path leads back about 2.0 kilometers to the starting point.
January 7, 2022
The circular route starts in Klasmühle at the Heilig Kreuz chapel. The first written mention of the place comes from the year 1347.
The path leads approx. 2.0 kilometers uphill over Scherf and through Schallemich.
Downhill it goes about 1.5 kilometers through the Pistershausen Siefen to Scherfbachtalstraße in Pistershausen.
January 1, 2022
If you want to experience nature, you should hike through the Naafbachtal. The path through this quiet valley mostly follows the meandering stream. The hiking trail begins at Ingersauel, near the former Ingersaueler Mühle.
The mill building was across the street from today's semi-detached house (former restaurant), built in 1924, and was ground down in 1977.
The path leads past Rengert to the inlet of the lessbach into the Naafbach.
Behind the bridge, turn right through the Naafbachtal towards Naafer Mühle.
This no longer grinds today. The oldest mention of the Naafer Mühle dates back to 1715. The mill building that still exists today was built around 1800, the adjacent buildings date from the first half of the 19th century.
The path leads past Naaf to Ingersauel. In the place there are several half-timbered houses placed under monument protection.
The starting point is reached on Seelscheider Strasse.
December 27, 2021
The tour starts at the Hüttchen car park in Grosse Grimberger Strasse. From the hiking car park it goes straight into the forest. The path leads with the Bömericher Bach to the Dhünntal.
On the opposite side in the Linnefetal you can see the house Maria in der Aue. At Aue the path leads out of the Dhünntal. It goes back to Hüttchen via Groß-Grimberg.
December 20, 2021
The Schlingenbachtal nature reserve extends between Vilkerath and Schalken. The Schlingenbach flows through it.
It is located in a very wooded area with extensive beech forests and former spruce forests, which unfortunately have been destroyed by the bark beetle and have now been cut down.
At the hiking car park near Federath, I make my way towards Kleiner Heckberg and into the Schlingenbachtal.
The path leads back to the starting point through Schlingenthal, Niederhof, Hülsen and Schalken.
The paths are muddy, but easy to walk on. The spruces along the way were felled, but nature is spreading again.
The gaps that have arisen offer beautiful views of the Bergisches Land.
Those who value seclusion and silence can enjoy this tour.
December 13, 2021
The Königsforst is part of the Bergische Heideterrasse, and is under nature protection.
The tour starts at the Wildgehege Wanderparklatz. It goes about 650 meters over the Schiefer Hauweg before turning right. After 1 kilometer you reach the Flehbachdamm. After rainfall, the Flehbach absorbs large amounts of water. In the past it flooded Cologne-Rath, which lies on an old arm of the Rhine. The Flehbachdamm regulates the outflow. Over the dam it goes to the left around the Kahnweihe in the Erker Mühle recreation area.
We continue along the Flehbach, the largest flowing water in the Königsforst, with its typical steep banks and sandbanks. Past the reservoir it goes straight along the moat to the large wild boar enclosure, and further to the left, past the service dog cemetery Wildgehege Brück to the habitat of the red deer, and back to the starting point.
November 15, 2021
The Leverkusener Obstweg is a circular hiking trail that leads past numerous orchards.
The circular hiking trail begins and ends at NaturGut Ophoven in Leverkusen-Opladen. It first follows the Wiembach, then climbs up to the Claashäuschen near Biesenbach. From here it leads through fields in a northeastern direction past Schöne Aussicht and Burscheid-Großhamberg. On a clear day you can see Cologne Cathedral and the Siebengebirge to the south. It goes through the Ölbachtal to Grund. Past the Grunder Mühle back to the starting point.
November 7, 2021
I set off at the Neumühle car park for hikers. Along the pre-barrier Große Dhünn, which lies like a calm lake and provides a habitat for a multitude of animal and plant species, the riverside path leads about 5.0 kilometers to the dam. The water side is coated with coarser rock and the side facing away from the water has been planted. The crown is 400 m long and 8.5 m wide.
Through forest and farm roads it goes uphill to Unterberg, Mittelberg and Oberberg and back to the starting point.
November 1, 2021