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Rübenkamp – Junipers and dry grassland near Elspe

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    Photo: Petra Salm, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Biologischer Umweltschutz im Kreis Soest e.V
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Orchids and gentians – close to the open air theatre in Elspe near Lennestadt there is an impressive nature reserve with an enchanting landscape of numerous junipers and calcareous semi-dry grassland.
easy
Distance 2.7 km
0:45 h
48 m
48 m
Only a few meters from the open-air stage in Elspe there is an excellent example of a rare calcareous semi-dry grassland interspersed with Junipers. This habitat owes its existence to centuries of overexploitation of the calcareous beechwoods that were originally native here. Especially in the summer months, the area delights numerous nature enthusiasts with its profusion of flowers. From May to July many orchid species can be admired without leaving the path. The profusion of flowers attracts a diverse butterfly and moth fauna. Among the most unusual species are the rare Five-Spot Burnet moth Thermophila meliloti and the Six-Spot Burnet, which is also popularly known as blood droplets.
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Petra Salm
Update: August 26, 2016
Difficulty
easy
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Landscape
Highest point
343 m
Lowest point
295 m
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Tips and hints

Of course, during the summer months a visit to the Karl-May-Festspiele suggests itself.

A few kilometres south of the Rübenkamp the village of Lennestadt-Meggen was the location of Europe’s largest barite mine in the 1970s. The mining museum Sicilia-Schacht has excellent exhibits relating to this bygone industry.

Right next to the museum are the "Sauerland Pyramids", where temporary exhibitions on natural history subjects frequently take place.          

Start

St. Vitus Kapelle (343 m)
Coordinates:
DD
51.156253, 8.042255
DMS
51°09'22.5"N 8°02'32.1"E
UTM
32U 433022 5667637
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Destination

St. Vitus Kapelle

Turn-by-turn directions

The terrain and conditions of use dictate that the calcareous semi-dry grassland is accessible only via a narrow, non-surfaced path. The same path is used for hiking to the area and back to the car park. The total walking distance is 2.6 kilometres.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Getting there

Coming from the direction of Olpe, you can reach the area on the B 55 trunk road if you drive towards Lennestadt and follow the "Elspe Festival" signs.

St. Vitus Kapelle:

GPS (UTM): 32 U 433154, 5667457

Google coordinates: 51.156189, 8.042264

Freilichtbühne (open air theatre):

Address for satnavs: Zur Naturbühne 1, 57368 Lennestadt

GPS (UTM): 32 U 432714, 5667233

Google coordinates: 51.152015, 8.039029

Parking

It is best to park at the St. Vitus-Kapelle. Visitors to the Karl May Festival Performance can also reach the area via the car parks of the open air theatre.

Coordinates

DD
51.156253, 8.042255
DMS
51°09'22.5"N 8°02'32.1"E
UTM
32U 433022 5667637
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
2.7 km
Duration
0:45 h
Ascent
48 m
Descent
48 m
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