Another creature of the night has also found a home here: the Eagle Owl, our largest owl species. Its loud "OO-HOO" call can be heard in the mine area in the springtime.
But by day you can also make interesting discoveries at the Hörre. The rare and non-poisonous Smooth Snake basks on the warm spoil heaps. The crevices between the stones are home to plant species specialising in warm, dry extreme locations such as the Kidney, the dainty Rock Stonecrop, which stores water in its fleshy leaves for drier times. In the neighbourhood of the Stonecrop, the Red Hemp Nettle and the Carline Thistle.
Safety informationAs the Schieferpfad includes some tortuous, steep trail sections, you need to be very surefooted.
Tips and hintsA leaflet describing the area can be downloaded from www.biologische-station-siegen-wittgenstein.de.
The 180-kilometre-long "Eder-Radweg" bicycle trail leads from the source of the river at Hilchenbach-Lützel, passing the Hörre slate mine and continuing on to the junction of the Eder and the Fulda in Guxhagen.
The late Romanesque Bonifatiuskirche in Raumland has the oldest peal of bells in Westphalia and late medieval frescoes.
The Alexander-Mack-Museum contains exhibits representing the birth of the American religious denomination "Church of Brethren" in Wittgenstein.
The "Arfelder Hammer" is a restored blacksmith’s forge in Arfeld. It also exhibits equipment from the fields of handicraft and agriculture.
The agriculture and tradition museum "Landwirtschaft und Brauchtum Hof Espe" in Bad Berleburg provides an impression of farm work in Wittgenstein in the 18th to 20th centuries.
Getting thereIn the village of Raumland, turn off the B 480 onto the L 553 which leads into the Eder Valley. Approximately 200 metres after the village limits of Raumland, you find the starting point of the tour opposite the exhibition slate-mine.
Address for satnavs: Im Edertal /L553, 57319 Bad Berleburg
GPS (UTM): 32 U 456981, 5652583;
Google coordinates: 51.025271, 8.387041;
Address for satnavs: Raumländer Strasse 8, 57319 Bad Berleburg
GPS (UTM): 32 U 456999, 5652808
Google coordinates: 51.025271, 8.387041