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Hiking tour "Schlebusch trail" (Mining trail I)

The circular route:


Route description:

The road follows the course of the road  Am Stoppenberg From there we can see far into the Ruhr Valley near Wengern, from which Hoffmann von Fallersleben had already said that it was one of the most beautiful valleys in Germany. Down the  Am Schlebusch. In this region around  Gut Steinhausen, the oldest coal-coke in Germany appear on the surface. This is where the mining industry began several hundred years ago. It came to a standstill in 1925 and was reopened after 1945 for a short time.

After approximately 700 m, the circular path turns left into the  forest of the Schlebusch mountain (overview board). On the right and left at the edge of the road we can see traces of mining, e.g. funnel-shaped depressions of different sizes in the soil, the so-called fall shafts.

A big  fall shafts we reach by following the hiking signs after crossing a small watercourse via a right-hand branching path. It stands on the inclined (sloping down to the ground) shaft "Frischgewagt". It belonged to the colliery "Ver. Trappe", which was closed in 1925. In the area to the left of the fall shaft you can see the former loading area and the access.

Returning to the main road, which we follow to the right, we see another fall shaft after a few meters on the right. Here was the coal mine "Fabian". After about 800 m from the entrance to the forest, two  channels running parallel to each other and cut deep into the rocky ground lie in a hollow path branching to the left. Obviously, they come from the large-wheeled, single-axle tipping carts with which coals and bricks were driven out of the Schlebusch mountain for decades – to "Grundsch├Âtteler Stra├če", the former coal road.

The circular path turns right after about 30 meters and leads you to the creek  Lindenbecke, which later flows into the Stollenbach as the "Limbecke". There, a perforated stone marks the mining claim "Sct. Henricus". After crossing the brook, the path swings  to the right and after another 50 m  to the left, we reach the  path of the former Schlebusch-Harkort coal track through the spruce forest.

It was completed in 1831, had a length of about 7.5 km and connected the mine shafts "Trappe" and "St. Peter" with the hammer works and workshops in Ennepetal, especially with Harkortens in Westerbauer in today's Hagen-Haspe. It was first used as a horse-drawn carriage. The wagons had an iron-reinforced wooden structure with a capacity of about 500 kg and ran with cast-iron wheels, mounted on two axles, on tin-fogged wood rails (spreading width 600 mm). Extended to the "Voerster" shaft in Silschede and Hasper H├╝tte the track could be switched to steam operation after installation of steel rails and a track broadening (1000 mm). After closure of the colliery "Ver. Trappe" in 1925, the railroad in sections still served the company Knorr-Bremse (Schmandbruch) to transport goods from and to the Silschede station (today there exists the building market Klein) as well as the Hasper H├╝tte for the slag transport to the disposal area Enerke in Volmarstein. After ceasing this use in 1966 the remaining tracks were cleared.

A section of the route is included in the mining route, to which we turn  right and bypass a deep valley hollow in a wide arc. In the slopes of this valley there has already been a tunnel of about 370 meters in length after written records. At the  intersection of Schlebuscher Stra├če, we continue on this road  to the right. Also here, we find ourselves on a section of the former coal mine, namely the feeder of the shafts "Friederika" and "Constanz". Here the donkeys and horses dragged the charcoal-sacks, and later the animals of the charcoal-pullers drew large-wheeled tipping-carts along this stretch. On the right side of the street stood a firewater tavern and a horse stable, which in the meantime had to give way to new buildings or had to be rebuilt and no longer show their former use.

At the last house on the right, "Am Brosen" leads  the way up to the H├╝lsey. This was the end of the so-called "Bremsberg", where the coal wagons, which were filled at the "Friederika" chute, were braked down to the coal track access point. To the left of the road "Am H├╝lsey" you can still see the route. About 130 m above, a  branch leads to the left to the former "Maschinenhaus Friederika". It is probably the oldest surviving machine house in the Ruhr district. Here one of the first steam engines from the mechanical workshop of Friedrich Harkort is to be used in 1822.

Returned to the branch, we turn left. Following the trail we pass the  Sichelschmidt indoor riding hall. The converted house is part of the former coal mine "L├Âwe". Here we arrive at an old  coal path. It meets the road  Im Blumental, which we follow to the left.

After approximately 700 m, the circular path descends  to the right into the Blumental, which is flowed through by the "Lindenbecke" (in the further course "Limbecke" and then "Stollenbach"). We  cross the brook, and after a few meters to the left we see a small fall shaft which comes from a filled light hole of the "Schlebusch principal adit level".  On the right in the meadow (private!) is the former, no longer passable access to the "Blumenthal principal adit level".

We continue up the hill, pass a spruce forest and come to the street  Am Moselshaus. The path leads to the right, crosses the  area of the former coal mine "St. Henricus", which ran there from 1946 to 1957 superficial mining, and leads along the  Hasenkamp over the  Stoppenberg to the starting point on the  Grundsch├Âtteler Stra├če.

Contact: Tina Huth

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