Kennt ihr auch den Spruch "Bewegung ist der Schlüssel!"? Schreckt er Euch ab oder spornt er Euch an? Ich bin da ein bisschen hin- und hergerissen, aber einmal in Bewegung kann ich dem nur zustimmen. Radfahren, wandern und fotografieren sind meine Passion.
Sunday morning. What shouldn't be missing? Right: fresh rolls from the bakery. So on the bike without further ado and once through the valley of the Ennepe and with the other Corona Zorros to the bakery (of course at a distance). On the way I drove past a number of early risers, including cows (who knows how many breakfasts they were), goats, horses and a heron, who treated himself to a fish for breakfast early in the morning. Our breakfast table didn't look that exotic. In this sense: nice Sunday.
2 days ago
Inspired by the three-tower path at the gateway to Sauerland (Hagen), my Rapunzel tour starts in Ennepetal-Rüggeberg. First it goes down into the valley of the Ennepe and then up through the fairytale Steinbach valley to the Hanseatic city of Breckerfeld. Past the Mühlenhof (tip: Mühlenbrot and Hausmacher Wurst) the country road (L528) leads north and thus to Waldbauer / Zurstrasse. In the village, I leave the country road and turn left onto Kettelbachstrasse, which I follow to the Hinnenwiese forest restaurant. So, now an informative detour to the Drei-Türme-Weg (11.6 km long circular hiking trail), which I now mostly follow to find Rapunzel. You can document the 3-TürmeWEG hiking adventure in a hiking pass and even get a hiking certificate (Hagen tourist information) as soon as you have collected the stamps on the hiking pass. There are 8 stamp locations (4 stamps are required for the certificate) and the forest restaurant Hinnenwiese is one of the stamp locations. After the back meadow, the first of the three towers in which I suspect Rapunzel is in front of me. It is the 17-meter-high Kaiser-Friedrich-Turm, which was built from solid brick in 1910 (stamp: Waldgaststätte Kaiser-Friedrich-Turm). Of course, what should not be missing now is my call to the top of the tower: "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let me down your hair." Unfortunately none, so I'm going on. From there it goes straight on to the Goldberg to the 24-meter-high Bismarck Tower, which was opened in 1901 (stamp: Kiosk Bismarck Tower). Again I shout: "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let me down your hair", but somehow I'm doing something wrong and so I troll myself. I drive past the game enclosure and the sows and think of another fairy tale!?! Through the city garden, which I now cross, you have a fantastic view of Hagen. I reach the next stamp: Hotel & Restaurant Waldlust and shortly afterwards the last of the three towers, the Eugen Richter Tower, right next to the Hagen Volkssternwarte (which is also a stamp). The octagonal Eugen-Richter tower is a 23-meter high double tower made of quarry stone. Of course, an ascent is worthwhile to let your eyes wander over the Ruhr area and Sauerland (don't forget binoculars). You can imagine what is coming - I call again: "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let me down your hair." Nothing here either. But honestly, what would I have done if the curly splendor had actually fallen off the tower? In any case, I would not have been surprised, because we have all been unable to attend the hairdresser in the last few weeks. It doesn't matter - from the third tower you go past the Hestert outdoor pool past the Hasper Bach upstream via the small railway line to Ennepetal-Voerde. After a steady climb, the descent into the valley of the Ennepe follows, in order to climb the mountain again (the 770 meters of altitude of the tour come from somewhere). I didn't find the "real" Rapunzel, but I did find a nice path past the three towers at the gateway to the Sauerland. Get the hiking pass (download on the net) and go on a nice trip in nature with the family (on foot or by bike) - I will definitely repeat that.
May 29, 2020
A fool who is not outdoors in the beautiful weather. A poor dog who cannot be outdoors in the beautiful weather. On the spur of the moment I got on the saddle and did a little Bergische after-work lap. From Ennepetal-Rüggeberg we went into the Heilenbecker valley and up to the B483 in the direction of Königsfeld (cycle path in places). Then a little further to Schwelm and in the roundabout (at Ollt Winteberg) the third exit to Beyenburg. With a gradient of 12%, I quickly broke the sound barrier and was no longer overtaken by cars or motorcycles. Well, they don't do that when I scramble up a slope of 12%, but that's another topic. From Beyenburg I drove comfortably along the Wupper along the bike path towards Dahlerau. From Dahlhausen you drive through the middle of the beautiful forest, always with a view of the sparkling water of the Wupper - fantastic. I confess: shortly before the Wuppertal dam, I pushed the bike once briefly to get up the single trail. My goal was the Kräwinkler Bridge to get from there to the Bergerhofer Bahntrasse in Radevormwald. I then drove the route all the way up to the town - over the beautiful market square and through the FuZo an arc almost free of vertical meters around the eastern Radevormwald to the glider airport Leye. Again, you can avoid road traffic on a bike path. Finally, I went through Wönkhausen and the forest behind Filde back to Rüggeberg. Unfortunately my front fender broke in the forest - it was a rickety drive home. I find here to cycle almost 43 km and to overcome ONLY 520 vertical meters is not bad, is it? In good weather it is definitely worth it if you are not a fool or poor imp. In this sense: stay healthy and alert!
May 7, 2020
Between the Neyetalsperre and the Kerspetalsperre, near Hönnige (town of Wipperfürth in the Oberberg district) is the Schevelinger Dam, also known as the Silbersee. The accumulation of water of 0.3 million cubic meters of water already shows that the dam is rather small compared to its large, neighboring sisters. The advantage is that you can take a leisurely walk around it without much preparation. Ursel and I did that spontaneously today and met a number of cyclists and joggers turning several times "several times" - not because we were so fast that we can tell at this point.
The treasure in the silver lake is different for everyone. For the angler and cormorant * the treasure has silvery scales, for the recreational athlete it is the fresh breeze from the water and for all those looking for recreation it is the lake itself with its paved circular hiking trail. By the way, you can park on the specially designated hiking parking lot.
It is interesting that the Schevelinger dam built between 1938 and 1941 belongs to the so-called Beverblock. The Beverblock is an amalgamation of several dams that are connected by a cascaded tunnel system. For example, the excess water from the Schevelingen Dam, already cleaned of sediments, flows into the Neyetal Dam, which in turn is connected to the Bevertalsperre via a gallery.
* There are a few black plastic swans on the lake that are supposed to keep the cormorants from looting the fish population. Unfortunately, that didn't work, because when we were there today we saw a cormorant fishing.
May 3, 2020
- 03:5941.9 mi10.5 mph3,300 ft3,300 ft
Today I was in the fresh air with the duckling. I wanted to show the duckling where in the region you can stick your head in the water and your tail in the heights. We started from the car park in Ennepetal-Rüggeberg and made a short stop at the Radevormwald-Leye glider airport. Duckling didn't want to know anything about flying, but rather where to swim. So we went down to the Bevertalsperre and took a short break there twice. Comment duckling: quak quak (whatever that means?!?) Then we went to the Neyetalsperre. For me it is the absolute insider tip here with us. By the way, Duck also found - croak, croak, croak. From the barrier wall we drove to the Schevelinger dam, also lovingly called Silbersse. Unfortunately we did not find the treasure in the silver lake, although Entchen was well equipped with a diving mask. I called her Old Shnatterduck, she liked that. Of course I was WinneMo. Then we rode with Iltschi in the middle of the forest over water to the Kerspetalsperre. The first section is more for Iltschis, Hatatitlas or mountain bikes. Unfortunately, we were only able to see the water of the Kerspetalsperre from a distance, because you cannot climb the dam. I think Duckling was pretty disappointed - there was only a quiet croak. We are almost down the barrier - by the way, it's an experience and on to Kierspe-Rönsahl. Landbier is currently being brewed in the former Krugmann distillery. The building is a technical monument and an eye-catcher. Overland (without beer) we went to Gut Haarbecke (you should also remember this because there are many interesting events taking place - if they take place!) Over to the other end of the Kerspetalsperre. There are already a few meters to climb. Through a few suburbs of Halver we finally reached water again. This time it was the reservoir of the Ennepetalsperre. This is really a jewel - said Entchen, too, and happily croaked to himself. Through the forest and unfortunately past the bike path - spoiler: I got lost - we finally came to the last body of water on our tour: Ennepetalsperre. The rest is told quickly: down to Ennepetal-Burg and up to Ennepetal-Rüggeberg. Duck was well done when we got back to the starting point of our tour. Of course I could have made several kilometers ... (Spoiler: I managed to empty all batteries on the tour: bike, cell phone and helmet).
Conclusion: if there weren't so many passages on the street and there wasn't as much traffic in the nice weather today, the tour would have been even better than it was. The dams are all worth a trip! Duck good - all good!
April 26, 2020
- 02:0923.5 mi11.0 mph1,350 ft1,325 ft
Ok - the tour has already taken hundreds before me and photographed every sign, every tree, every section of the route and all the highlights. So what's so special about my tour? Answer: nothing. With a tip (thank you very much at this point), I have planned the corkscrew and mountain railway route in particular and now needle it and would like to share it with you. First of all: the tour is worthwhile, is not too strenuous and if you stick to the plan and the signs (which is different from what I did) it is also easy to find. So, now to the tour description:The Bergische triangle of cities is formed by the three adjacent cities of Remscheid, Solingen and Wuppertal. Geographically, the cities form the triangle in the center of the Bergisches Land. The highest railway bridge in Germany in Remscheid (Müngstener Brücke), Schloss Burg in Solingen and of course the Schwebebahn in Wuppertal are well known to tourists and are particularly worth seeing. Four former railway lines are located in this natural region and form a beautiful "round" course in the city "triangle" and invite you to go cycling. The starting point is the P + R car park at Vohwinkel station in Wuppertal, which is also a great entry into the Nordbahntrasse heading west. Shortly afterwards follows the entry into the approx. 11 km long corkscrew route, the winding course of which was the namesake of the former railway line. The route leads through wooded area past Gräfrath towards Solingen. I left the route early to get through the beautiful Gustav-Coppel-Park to the entry point of the cable car route. At 221m above sea level a rest area (Theegarten viewpoint) has been set up with signs to point out the sights of all three cities with panoramic views. Great job and very informative! Just like the corkscrew route, the Bergbahn route is part of the Bergische Panorama-Radweg. It is the link to the Müngsten an der Wupper bridge park. From the 221m. above sea level So it's on a gravel road into the valley. If you like, you can go down to the nearby Müngsten Bridge and be amazed. This time I did not like to be amazed and drove straight through the Morsbach valley and then left up to Wuppertal-Cronenberg. Once at the top, the entry into the approximately 10 km long Samba terrace awaits and a leisurely descent on well-paved paths. Highlights are the original, red rail bus, which has been lovingly restored and the passage through the Wuppertal Zoo past the tiger enclosure. At the end of the Sambatrace it went a good distance under the suspension railway, which mainly runs over the Wupper and only a little overland, back to the destination at Vohwinkler Bahnhof. The last piece was then again on the Nordbahntrasse. I can only recommend all four routes. A bit of physical fitness or sufficient battery power is all that is required to climb the Morsbach valley to Cronenberg and with a total of 410 meters altitude the tour is almost flat-country cycling for "Bergisch conditions". There is a lot to discover to the right and left of the routes, such as the Amnesty Path of Human Rights, the Solingen Art Museum etc., so that repetition cannot hurt either ...
April 18, 2020
"The largest area of semi-hamlets and the mighty stream make excursions to Bever probably the most impressive experiences of a vacation in the Märkischen district. Whether pedal boat rafting, croaking with the frogs, jungle excursions in a cowshed lodge or a visit to one of the historic cities on the Bever - with our travel and route planning you will discover the Bever myth up close and yet safe and relaxed. "
Are you interested? Then read on, because I saw the expedition live today: the starting point was the parking lot at the cemetery in Ennepetal-Rüggeberg. Through the forest we went to Filde and via Wönkhausen to the glider airfield in Radevormwald (there was only one flight simulator today). At the roundabout I turned left towards Halver and then turned right in the village of Schwenke to get to the Bever source. In order to keep up the tension for everyone who wants to take the tour, I do not comment on the scenery at this point. Then we went west through field and corridor, past the so-called "Huserland", a large railway system in 127mm gauge (information about the system and dates can be found on the Internet), towards the Bevertalsperre. On the way down you cross the Bever two more times and then reach the eastern foothills of the Bevertalsperre. So you have a great view of the water landscape, the coots, wild ducks, water chickens or great crested grebes (don't forget binoculars). Because it is not a drinking water dam and primarily serves to regulate the water of the Wupper, many water sport activities are allowed on the Bevert dam. It is a great local recreation area. On the tour I only briefly touched the dam and cycled on to the Wiebach Reservoir (Reservoir of the Wuppertalsperre). What can I tell you: pure nature and finally no motorcycle noise. Here you can relax, watch water birds and just let the silence take its toll. From the pre-block I went up a short "single trail" to Heide and to the Bergerhofer Bahntrasse. I drove to Radevormwald and left in the village down into the Uelfetal to the so-called "Obersten Mühle". On the ridge behind Önkfeld near Ümminghausen I saw the Easter bunny today, on Easter Sunday - I swear it was it! The rest of the tour is briskly told and only offers a route and no highlights: B483 towards Schwelm, turnpike down to the right into the Heilenbeck valley and then up again to Ennepetal-Rüggeberg.
April 12, 2020
The tour starts at the parking lot from the cemetery in Ennepetal-Rüggeberg and first goes via Ennepetal-Burg and through the beautiful Steinbach valley up to the Hanseatic city of Breckerfeld. Sniff the mountain air for a short time and then the Prioreier Strasse in a rapid cornering into the Volmetal. The Volme (river) goes to Dahl to the Vormann brewery. Beer has been brewed here under the name Vormann since 1718 and 1877. Also at the risk of making me unpopular, but here is the best Altbier east of Düsseldorf - honestly! So this is the black beer. Incidentally, Dahl is a district of Hagen and this in turn is considered "the gateway to the Sauerland". Shortly behind the Vormann brewery, somewhat hidden, there is the Märkische specialty distillery, which the tour goes by. So you fight your way up the altitude, cross the busy A45 motorway, also known as the "Sauerland Line", to the Brechtefeld wind turbine. A short breather is worthwhile here, because you rarely get so close to the wind turbines. This is followed by a wonderful passage through nature on the ridge. Shortly before Hohenlimburg Castle, it gets a little more adventurous if you take the single trail, which is frankly better suited for mountain biking than trekking biking. The castle, dating from 1240, houses the "Black Hand". What's it all about? An angry noble boy once beat his mother, thereby violating the commandment to honor his parents. The executioner cut off his hand as a punishment and warning for all other children. The embalmed hand can still be seen today and is often used for educational purposes. I also think my parents told me about it when I was a little boy and thought horror stories were a bad coin. As far as possible, a visit to the castle is definitely worthwhile. The path leads from the Schlossberg down into the Lenne valley to the Donnerkuhle. A detour to the viewpoints is a must here, and not just for the Fred Feuerstein and Barney Rubble among you. The Donnerkuhle quarry is part of the GeoPark Ruhrgebiet (information boards provide further information). Here, dolomite stone is mined, which you can watch live (except for the blasting, of course). The tour then continues down into and through the Hagen city center. In Hagen-Haspe you can then ride comfortably on bike paths along the Ennepe (river). The cultural center "hasperhammer" in the building of a former hammer mill is on the way (tip for cabaret events). A short swing to Gut Rocholz, a former noble seat in Gevelsberg should be included. The beautiful bike path ends in the Ennepepark in Gevelsberg, from where the tour leads back to the starting point relatively unadorned.
P.S .: Addendum to the Donnerkuhle - after the active operation will be discontinued around 2040, you want to let the Kuhle run with water. So: if you read this post after 2040, then you can see how the groundwater lake Donnerkuhle looked like in 2020 without water ;-)
April 9, 2020