The area is known for its abundance of wildlife. You can come across Roe Deer, Wild Boar, Mouflon and Red Deer, some of which carry impressive antlers. The autumn Red Deer rut when the forests resound to the stags’ powerful bellowing, is a particularly impressive experience.
Black Stork and Nutcracker are two of the rare bird species that reside in the area. The Black Stork is very secretive and is therefore only occasionally seen. The Nutcracker is often noticed because of its penetrating, rasping calls, but its dark brown plumage with white spots serves as a good camouflage.
Getting thereIf you are arriving by car, the circular trail is very easily accessible, as it passes right through the village of Wingeshausen. A convenient starting point is the inn called "Landgasthof Weber" (Inselweg 5, 57319 Bad Berleburg).
Address for satnavs: Inselweg, 57319 Bad Berleburg-Wingeshausen
GPS (UTM): 32 U 450132, 5657742
Google coordinates: 51.069027, 8.288246
Other suitable entry points are the bison viewing enclosure "Wisent-Wildnis am Rothaarsteig" just off the K42 road between Aue-Wingeshausen and Schmallenberg hunting lodge, or Schmallenberg hunting lodge itself on the crest between Aue-Wingeshausen and Fleckenberg.
ParkingYou will have to look for a parking space in Wingeshausen village. Alternatively, you can start the tour at the car park of the Wisent-Wildnis at the Rothaarsteig trail or at the hiking car park in the village of Jagdhaus.
Author’s map recommendations
EquipmentThe circular tour requires really good physical condition. In some places surefootedness is important, so sturdy footwear is recommended. If you do not wish to purchase a meal in Wingeshausen, in the Wisent-Hütte or in the hunting lodge, it is advisable to take a backpack with food and drinks.
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Kit para bolhas
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.