A walk through carpets of flowers in the spring, a broad range of medicinal and poisonous plants, mosses and ferns – the Breiter Hagen Nature Reserve near Grevenbrück shows the entire diversity of calcareous beechwoods.
In the Breiter Hagen Nature Reserve, a spring walk in the forest is a true festival for the senses. As from April, a colourful carpet of early blooming flowers such as Wood Anemone, Sweet Woodruff, Spring Fumewort, Lungwort and Cowslip cover large parts of the forest floor. In May, the Wild Garlic comes into bloom, its spicy aroma permeating the entire forest.
The rugged rock faces of the steep northern slopes descending to the Lenne Valley are the kingdom of mosses and ferns. Although the locations of the rare Hart's-tongue Fern are only known to local experts, Wall Ferns and the magnificent fronds of the Hard Shield Fern can be easily seen beside the valley road along the railway line. The Eagle Owl habitually roosts in the vicinity of the cliffs during the daytime.
If you are interested in the history of Peperburg castle, the nearby municipal museum of Lennestadt (Kölner Str. 57, 57368 Lennestadt-Grevenbrück) is a worthwhile destination.
Borghausen (243 m)
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The circular trail with a total length of three kilometres includes some narrow paths and steep sections. People with mobility impairments can experience the beauty of the area at least partially from the largely flat "Talweg" (valley trail). From the car park, the route follows the L-trail to the south and then east to the Peperburg castle. There it joins the Talweg. This path, which is not marked as a hiking trail, leads along the northern edge of the nature reserve and back in a north-westerly direction to the car park. If you want to extend your hike into the nearby countryside a little, you can follow the A 18 trail from the Peperburg. This leads past the Wunderwäldchen Nature Reserve – which is incidentally the westernmost site of the European Wild Ginger in North Rhine-Westphalia – and meets the A19 trail at the northern edge of the Germesberg. The A19 leads north and back to the car park (total hike: 4.7 km).
all notes on protected areas
If you are travelling by rail, leave the train at the "Grevenbrück" station and follow the signs to the Peperburg castle ruins. You reach the area after about ten minutes' walk.
Address for satnavs: Repetalstraße 421A, 57439 Attendorn
GPS (UTM): 32 U 429808, 5666856
Google coordinates: 51.148790, 7.996414
The best place to park your car is on the L 880 road, just before the railway level crossing and the junction with the B 236 road. A few metres south of the car park, cross the old bridge over the Repebach stream and you are in the nature reserve.