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Felsenmeer Hemer – Chaos of rocks on the outskirts of Hemer

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Between 250-year-old Beech trees, the Felsenmeer (= chaos of rocks) consists of massive limestone blocks that are stacked up like towers and waves with numerous caves and impressive collapses, some of which are more than ten meters deep. With its length of 700 metres and width of up to 200 metres, the area of jumbled rocks can only be properly seen from specially constructed paths.
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Distance 3 km
0:49 h
58 m
58 m
In the Devonian period a coral reef was created in tropical waters at today's eastern fringe of Hemer. Later it developed into a ridge of compact limestone extending from Wuppertal via Hagen and Hemer as far as Balve. Since as long ago as the ninth century, iron ore was mined in the area of today's Felsenmeer Nature Reserve. Today the chaos of rocks is largely covered by Sweet Woodruff-Beech forest, a valuable habitat for Wood Warblers, Grey-headed and Green Woodpeckers, Slow Worms, Noctule and Daubenton's bats and many other bird and animal species. Due to the lime-rich soil, plants like the Wood Sanicle, Bird's-nest Orchid and Arum are relatively frequent. These species are however, unknown or extremely rare on the acidic soils which prevail elsewhere in South Westphalia.
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Michael Breitsprecher
Update: July 15, 2020
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Highest point
282 m
Lowest point
224 m
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Safety information

You are not allowed to leave the trails or paths in the Felsenmeer.

Start

"Hönnetalstraße" opposite the junction with "Felsenmeerstraße" (224 m)
Coordinates:
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51.377807, 7.777141
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51°22'40.1"N 7°46'37.7"E
UTM
32U 414892 5692549
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Destination

"Hönnetalstraße" opposite the junction with "Felsenmeerstraße"

Turn-by-turn directions

From the starting point, the trail at first follows the street "Felsenmeerstraße". It leads past the entrance to the Heinrichshöhle cave. At the top of the street, you will find yourself at the edge of the Felsenmeer. Starting from the path around the Felsenmeer, you can follow a network of trails and specially constructed paths, which lead through middle of the area.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

The town of Hemer no longer has a railway station with regular rail transport.

Various bus lines depart from the central train station of Iserlohn and the railway station in Menden to the bus station (ZOB) in Hemer. From there, town bus line No. 2 runs in the direction of Hemer and Apricke as far as the bus stop "Sundwig Meise". The starting point of the tour is just a few dozen metres away from that bus stop.

Getting there

Address for satnavs: Felsenmeerstraße 1  58675 Hemer

GPS (UTM): 32 U 414888, 5692529

Google coordinates: 51.378179, 7.777373

Parking

The car park is located on the street called "Hönnetalstraße" opposite the junction with "Felsenmeerstraße".

Coordinates

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51.377807, 7.777141
DMS
51°22'40.1"N 7°46'37.7"E
UTM
32U 414892 5692549
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Holger Wecks
May 02, 2020 · Community
Eine Traumtour, wobei man bei einer Gesamtlänge von 3 Km auch nicht viel falsch machen kann. Zumindest nicht in einem so interessanten Gebiet. Hat man den kurzen Anstieg geschafft, hat man einen schönen Blick auf die benachbarten Hügel des Sauerlandes. Der Weg an sich führt um das bewaldete Felsenmeer herum. Daher sollte man sich zu einigen „Seitensprüngen“ verleiten lassen, um diese interessanten Felsformationen genauer aus der Nähe zu sehen. Für die Kombination Rundweg mit Abstechern zu den Felsen vergebe ich 5 Punkte. Ach ja, aus mir unerfindlichen Gründen scheint der westliche Teil des Weges gesperrt zu sein. Den Schildern nach konnte ich nicht erkennen, für welchen Zeitraum diese für mich unsinnige Sperrung gilt / galt.
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When did you do this route? May 01, 2020
Photo: Holger Wecks, Community
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Ascent
58 m
Descent
58 m
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