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Orlebachtal - Orle Stream Valley between Balve and Lake Sorpe

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The Orle Stream has created one of the most beautiful meander valleys far and wide. In addition to this natural history feature, the tour also offers also historical and cultural highlights with the Luisenhütte metallurgical works, the moated castle of Wocklum and the Balve Cave.
easy
6.3 km
1:43 h
135 m
135 m
The Orle Stream Valley Nature Reserve is home to many species adapted to life in flowing water. Among the stream's fish are the rare Brook Lamprey and Bullhead. Grey wagtails, Dippers and Kingfishers are to be seen along the watercourse. The Golden-ringed Dragonfly and the Beautiful Demoiselle are also reliant on the clean and oxygen-rich water of the Orle Stream. On the nutrient-poor slopes of river valley growth the Mouse-Ear Hawkweed, Sweet Vernal Grass and Tormentill, while the long tresses of the Water Crowfoot undulate in the flowing stream.

Author’s recommendation

In the spring, when the trees lining the stream have not yet come into leaf and the grass is still low, you can see the meander loops of the Orle Stream better than in summer.
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Michael Breitsprecher
Updated: August 26, 2016
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Highest point
346 m
Lowest point
224 m
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Start

Wanderparkplatz (hiking car park) near the Luisenhütte (229 m)
Coordinates:
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51.337054, 7.882880
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51°20'13.4"N 7°52'58.4"E
UTM
32U 422182 5687900
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Destination

Wanderparkplatz (hiking car park) near the Luisenhütte

Turn-by-turn directions

From the hiking car park, the trail soon leads eastward along an avenue of lime trees, past the moated castle of Wocklum, through the associated farm and the large equestrian centre. Just beyond the last tournament arena, the meander valley of the Orle Stream begins. On the other side, the trail leads through narrow streets into the village of Mellen. After leaving the village, the trail passes through the woods on the castle hill back to the Luisenhütte metallurgical works.

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Public transport

From Balve railway station, bus route 132 runs in the direction of Fröndenberg. From the bus stop "Helle", it is about four minutes' walk to the Luisenhütte in Wocklum.

Getting there

Address for satnavs: Wocklumer Hammer 58802 Balve

GPS (UTM): 32 U 422173, 5687899

Google coordinates: 51.336961, 7.882775

Parking

At the Wanderparkplatz (hiking car park) near the Luisenhütte.

Coordinates

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51.337054, 7.882880
DMS
51°20'13.4"N 7°52'58.4"E
UTM
32U 422182 5687900
w3w 
///bruisers.surfs.arrived
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Gilbert Wolff
July 19, 2020 · Community
Wir sind anders herum gestartet, als die Beschreibung empfohlen hat, und sind im nach hinein froh darüber. Angefangen mit dem dunkleren Teil der Tour, durch den Wald, in dem es bedingt durch die letzten Regenfälle auch recht matschig war, hatten wir so auch direkt die größte Steigung hinter uns, und konnten den schöneren Teil mit der besseren Fernsicht durch die Felder und Wiesen in der zweiten Hälfte genießen. Das Cafe in der Luisenhütte kann man wenn man von dem Parkplatz dort in der Nähe startet auf jeden Fall auch gut noch nach dem Spaziergang besuchen.
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Birgit Brosowski
May 03, 2020 · Community
Sonntag, 3. Mai 2020, 16:27 Uhr
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
6.3 km
Duration
1:43h
Ascent
135 m
Descent
135 m
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