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Hiking Trail

Elberndorftal - Elberndorf Valley northwest of Erndtebrück

Hiking Trail · Siegerland-Wittgenstein
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  • Blick auf das Elberndorf-Zwischenmoor
    / Blick auf das Elberndorf-Zwischenmoor
    Photo: Ralf Kubosch
  • / Karte Elberndorftal
    Photo: Natalia Jaworski, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Biologischer Umweltschutz im Kreis Soest e.V
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From dark Spruce forest to valuable nature reserve – the two stream valleys of the Elbersdorf and the Zinse have undergone this transformation. They include rare habitats with very special animal and plant species.
easy
14.7 km
4:00 h
216 m
216 m
The valley of the Elberndorf stream is a prime example for how nature – with the support of humans – can reclaim habitats that had almost been lost. A few years ago, Spruce plantations dominated the valley because the grassland had become unprofitable for the farmers, who therefore planted Spruce trees even in the swampy and wet areas. Many of the areas valuable for nature conservation have now been freed of conifers, so that the forest meadow valley is again characterized by nutrient-poor mountain hay meadows, Mat-Grass areas, extremely rare transitional moors and quaking bogs and young Downy Birch swamp forests.

In the moor areas and boggy meadows, you can find numerous plant species adapted to marshy conditions, including Marsh Violet, Marsh Cinquefoil, Bog Bean and two different Cotton Grass species, while the Bog Arum can be found in the siltation zone of a pond.

The banks of the stream are adorned with the blue-flowers of the poisonous Monkshood, and are home to rare insects like the Marsh Grasshopper, Scarce Copper Butterfly and Beautiful Demoiselle. Stream inhabitants like Kingfisher, Bullhead and Brook Lamprey also find ideal habitats here.

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Ursula Siebel
Updated: August 29, 2016

Difficulty
easy
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Highest point
668 m
Lowest point
483 m
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Safety information

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Tips, hints and links

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

Start

Hiking car park "Elberndorf“, Erndtebrück (483 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.999333, 8.245397
DMS
50°59'57.6"N 8°14'43.4"E
UTM
32U 447049 5650021
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Destination

Hiking car park "Elberndorf“, Erndtebrück

Turn-by-turn directions

The hiking trail starts at the hiking car park called "Elberndorf" and is about 15 kilometres long. It runs up the Elberndorf stream valley, crosses the "Zinsersrücken" ridge and leads eastward along the northern slope of the Zinse stream valley before recrossing the ridge and returning to the Elberndorf stream valley.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

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Getting there

Coming from Lützel (B62), turn at the first roundabout in Erndtebrück into the "Hachenbergstraße" and follow the K 33 main road round a curve (the road is at first called "Herrenseifen", then "Elberndorf") and follow signs to the car park Wanderparkplatz "Elberndorf".

Address for satnavs: Elberndorf / K33, 57339 Erndtebrück

GPS (UTM): 32 U 447209, 5649935

Google coordinates: 50.998865, 8.247581

Parking

Hiking car park "Elberndorf"

Coordinates

DD
50.999333, 8.245397
DMS
50°59'57.6"N 8°14'43.4"E
UTM
32U 447049 5650021
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Buch „Naturschätze Südwestfalens entdecken“ (ISBN: 9783000481215)

Equipment

Sturdy footwear and suitable clothing for the prevailing weather are recommended.

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
14.7 km
Duration
4:00h
Ascent
216 m
Descent
216 m
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