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Hörre – across the former slate quarrysouth-east of Bad Berleburg

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With almost supernatural abilities through the darkness – the former slate mine of Hörre is now home to one of the most important bat roosts in North Rhine-Westphalia.
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Distance 13.8 km
4:11 h
419 m
421 m
The former slate quarry of Hörre is situated on the slopes above the River Eder, which meanders slowly through the countryside near the village of Raumland. The mine spoil heaps are reminders of a once important industry, while the approximately five-kilometre-long tunnel systems serve as important roosting places for rare species of bats. Ten of the 17 bat species recorded in the District of Siegen-Wittgenstein (about 24 species occur in Germany) are currently to be found in the Hörre area.

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.

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Holger Krafft, Katharina Koch
Updated: November 26, 2020
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Safety information

As the Schieferpfad includes some tortuous, steep trail sections, you need to be very surefooted.

Tips and hints

A leaflet describing the area can be downloaded from www.biologische-station-siegen-wittgenstein.de.

The premium hiking trail "Via Adrina" follows on directly from the "Schieferpfad" and offers wonderful views of the Edertal.

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.

Start

Car park at the River Eder or at the Schiefer-Schaubergwerk (exhibition slate mine) (407 m)
Coordinates:
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51.023247, 8.386779
DMS
51°01'23.7"N 8°23'12.4"E
UTM
32U 456992 5652589
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Destination

Car park at the River Eder or at the Schiefer-Schaubergwerk (exhibition slate mine)

Turn-by-turn directions

After you have explored the mine area on the small circular trail, you can enjoy the surrounding countryside on an approximately five-hour hike. This route is largely identical to the that of the premium hiking trail "Wittgensteiner Schieferpfad", which is marked by a bat-symbol. It takes you along some spectacular winding paths through the varied low mountain landscape with beautiful views and impressive rock formations.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

The Rothaarbahn train stops in Raumland-Markhausen (request stop). There is a bus stop right outside the exhibition slate-mine.

For current timetable information, please visit: http://www.zws-online.de

Getting there

In 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

Parking

About 200 metres after leaving the village of Raumland, you can park just off the road opposite the exhibition slate-mine. There is a car park about 200 m further down, right by the River Eder.

Coordinates

DD
51.023247, 8.386779
DMS
51°01'23.7"N 8°23'12.4"E
UTM
32U 456992 5652589
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Buch „Naturschätze Südwestfalens entdecken“ (ISBN: 9783000481215)

Author’s map recommendations

Wanderkarte WaldReich Wittgenstein, 1:25.000, Zweckverband Region Wittgenstein, 2. Aufl age 2008, ISBN 3-00-010140-3, € 9,50

Equipment

On the Schieferpfad, sturdy footwear is a must.

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Bianca Leh
November 08, 2020 · Community
Ein sehr schöner Wanderweg und super ausgeschildert . Auf jeden Fall sollte man die Sicherheitshinweise beachten.
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When did you do this route? November 08, 2020
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