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Winter-Weierbach - The Winterbach and Weierbach valleys south of Burbach-Oberdresselndorf

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  • Der Weierbach
    / Der Weierbach
    Photo: Ursula Siebel
  • / Karte Winter-Weierbach
    Photo: Natalia Jaworski, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Biologischer Umweltschutz im Kreis Soest e.V
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Hiking up through the valleys of the Winterbach and Weierbach streams, you reach the basalt plateau of the Westerwald forest.
Distance 7.8 km
2:30 h
223 m
223 m
569 m
389 m
The nature reserve is framed by two near-natural streams, the Weierbach and the Winterbach. They converge at the north end of the area to form the Wetterbach. Trees line the banks and alternate with wet meadows and tall forb communities to create a varied landscape in the open valley.

In the damp and sometimes wet meadows of the valley, such rare flowering plants as the Globeflower and Great Burnet thrive. The Dusky Large Blue, a highly endangered butterfly species, is absolutely dependent on the Great Burnet. The rough pastures are ideal locations for orchids and the inconspicuous Moonwort, a small species of fern. The bushes in these locations provide perfect breeding places for Red-backed Shrikes and Whitethroats.

The different forest types of the area harbour large stands of Monkshood and early blooming flowers like the Hollowroot Birthwort and the Yellow Anemone. The breeding birds of the forests include Hazel Hen, Red Kite and various woodpecker species. Along the stream, you can with luck observe the Kingfisher fishing.

Author’s recommendation

In the spring, it is worth making a detour into the neighbouring Weiherbach Valley. In May or June, you can see a large number of blooming Globe flowers and Broad-leaved Marsh Orchids here.
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Ursula Siebel
Update: August 31, 2016
Highest point
569 m
Lowest point
389 m
Best time of year

Safety information

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Tips and hints

A leaflet describing the area can be downloaded from


Wanderparkplatz (hiking car park) „Buchenborn“, Oberdresselndorf (418 m)
50.702762, 8.130359
50°42'09.9"N 8°07'49.3"E
32U 438589 5617132


Wanderparkplatz (hiking car park) „Buchenborn“, Oberdresselndorf

Turn-by-turn directions

The circular trail (about 5 kilometres long) is one of the audio paths on the Rothaarsteig trail. At points of interest you can call up audio texts by means of QR codes.

The trail leads southward from the hiking car park. To the right of the trail there are mostly wet and damp meadows, some of which are in agricultural use while others are fallow. To the left of the trail is an old communal pasture, called the "Bitze". If you follow the route further, you will see an Alder coppice or "Hauberg" above the trail.

Where the trail crosses the Winterbach stream, you have a beautiful view from the bridge into the stream bed, which is strewn with basalt blocks covered with a thick layer of moss. Halfway up the slope you can either turn left into a cul-de-sac towards the "Dreiländereck" or follow the trail further uphill to hike onward along the basalt escarpment. A former basalt quarry provides a good opportunity for a break. From there you have a wonderful view towards Oberdresselndorf.


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Public transport

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Getting there

In Oberdresselndorf turn off the Liebenscheider Straße into Westerwaldstraße and follow it to the Wanderparkplatz (hiking car park) "Buchenborn/Hickengrund".

Address for satnavs: Westerwaldstraße 182A, 57299 Oberdresselndorf (Burbach)

GPS (UTM): 32 U 438492, 5616861

Google coordinates: 50.702626, 8.130392


At the Wanderparkplatz "Buchenborn/Hickengrund " near the village of Oberdresselndorf.


50.702762, 8.130359
50°42'09.9"N 8°07'49.3"E
32U 438589 5617132
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Book „Naturschätze Südwestfalens entdecken“ (ISBN: 9783000481215)


Sturdy footwear is recommended.

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)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • 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.

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Jochen Wahl 
October 05, 2021 · Community
Gefühlte 75% des Weges asphaltiert. Leider durch Fällarbeiten nicht alle Wegmarkierungen zu finden und die QR Codes funktionierten nicht. Das alles wurde entschädigt durch schöne Ausblicke und kleine Entdeckungen.
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When did you do this route? October 05, 2021
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Melanie Krämer
May 03, 2020 · Community
Wunderschöner Rundweg. Ideal für Familien
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Sonntag, 3. Mai 2020 17:14:11
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7.8 km
2:30 h
223 m
223 m
Highest point
569 m
Lowest point
389 m
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