Schwierigkeitsgrad   Leicht

Zeit  4 Stunden 23 Minuten

Koordinaten 1215

Uploaded 26. März 2017

Recorded März 2017

568 m
470 m
15,3 km

angezeigt 14 Mal, heruntergeladen 0 Mal

bei Harperscheid, Nordrhein-Westfalen (Deutschland)

Coltsfoot (tussilago farfara), or in German Huflattich, is one of the first wild flowers showing up in March - about at the same time as Daffodils. They signal the arrival of spring, and if one hasn't started to shake off the dust from the hiking boots, this is the time to do it. We selected an easy hike around the Olef-dam, to avoid too much up and down on our first spring hike.

The Olef-dam is near Hellenthal, more famous for its wildlife park with shows of birds of prey. One may simply drive up to the bottom of the dam, which was built between 1954 and 1959 and is almost 55 meter high. It is built from concrete pillars, and probably the only one of its kind in Germany.

We chose to park on the road to Hellenthal, opposite the Thomscheider Hof (a farm), for an alternative approach.

The path around the lake is asphalt on its northern shore, and good gravel on the southern shore. We admit it can be monotonous, but for a good stretching of your legs it works quite fine. Many visitors opt to travel the route by bike.

Our approach from and back to the Thomscheider Hof is a little steep, but short and nice.


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