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.
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.
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.
Updated: August 26, 2016
Getting thereAddress for satnavs: Wocklumer Hammer 58802 Balve
GPS (UTM): 32 U 422173, 5687899
Google coordinates: 51.336961, 7.882775
ParkingAt the Wanderparkplatz (hiking car park) near the Luisenhütte.
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For changing the range of view, push the arrows together.