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Hiking tour "Through the upper Elbschetal"

Circular route:


  • Length: approx. 8,5 km
    Cost per person: 3 ‚ā¨
    Distance: Bryton Sport
    GPX file:  Durchs obere Elbschetal
    Easy hike on paved paths, suitable for road shoes, accessible all year round.

Route description:

Above the B√∂llberg (236 m) we go west to the Elbschebachtal. The mining trail Wetter leads us downwards in gentle turns. The quiet private path was filled up in holes. At the 2nd  turn to the left, we turn to the right to avoid a trail that has been softened by horse trails and in the lower part by agricultural vehicles. This also saves us a brook crossing over wobbly stones and we come dry foot on soft forest ground to the lower Ratelbecke at the  fishing park Elbschetal.

We follow the small road southwards, which leads us to the former  station Albringhausen of the Elbschetalbahn. This section of the former railway line from Witten to Schwelm was already shut down in the 1980s. The coal mine Neuw√ľlfingsburg (also called Zeche Albringhausen) used to be located just behind the former railway station. This colliery was the last active colliery in the urban area of Wetter and up to 1967 in operation. Today, only the chewing building, which serves as an office building for the adjacent company Naturstein Zentrum Ruhr (formerly located W. K√ľlpmann), is preserved.

We continue southwards, cross the  Gehrenbecke at the Hax and walk over the  Wacholderstra√üe into the Langenbruch, the spring area of the creek Elbe. After 7.5 km, the river Elbe flows into the Ruhr in Wetter-Wengern. In some sections it forms the border between the two cities of Wetter and Witten. The higher you get, the more beautiful the views in the hiking area Ennepe-Ruhr Valley. Numerous benches along the road invite you to rest. The old Esborn youth hostel and the Ilex hedge protected as a natural monument are on the right hand side on our way to the more than 200 years old  farmyard Sackern, and back to the parking lot at the sports field B√∂llberg.

Although the route has no technical difficulties, a little basic condition makes sense because of some long climbs. The route is mainly on asphalt, on smaller, less busy country roads. On a length of about one kilometer we bypass the most demanding section at the foot of the Böllberg. Here the forest trail is quite narrow, bumpy and steep. We also spare ourselves a brook crossing and a marsh stretch to the underpass of the disused railway line. All in all, our tour is a relaxing spring hike with historical sites along the road and soothing views into the open countryside.

Contact: Tina Huth

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