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near Eicherscheid, Nordrhein-Westfalen (Deutschland)
This great trip takes you from Eicherscheid, surrounded by a beautiful landscape of Flurbuchenhecken (hornbeam hedges), down into the Rur valley. Highlights are the Belgenbacher Mühle, viewpoints at the Alsdorfer Bergmannskreuz, the Weissen Kreuz and the Uhusley, the Rur valley, beautiful beech and fir woods, and the landscape surrounding Eicherscheid. Largely on forest roads and clear, sign-posted paths. The path through the Brommersbach valley was a bit muddy.
The trip starts at a parking lot in Eicherscheid. You first make a small detour outside Eicherscheid in the Flurbuchenhecken landscape before you go down into the Holzbach valley on a paved forest road. After about 800 m you turn left onto a path and descend to the Belgenbach. Shortly after you pass the monumental Belgenbacher Mühle, and follow the path through the valley past the viewpoint at the Alsdorfer Bergmannskreuz. You descend to the Rur valley at Grünental, walk a few meters besides the Rur and then ascend to the viewpoint at Uhusley. You descend and ascend again to another viewpoint above the Rur valley, shortly before arriving to the L106 road. Here you climb further on a path to the Weissen Kreuz, another viewpoint with a shelter. You descend to Hammer, and cross the Rur near a campsite. You climb through a sunken lane and then turn sharply left to follow a path above Hammer and the Rur. Later the path descends to the valley floor. Another path takes you up again to Dedenborn where you have a nice view across the village and the road towards Einruhr. You go down again to the valley floor, passing the L106 road, follow the Rur shortly, and then ascend through the Brommersbach valley. With a few serpentines you go from the Brommersbach to a cross at Ahfeild, and then follow the forest road back to Eicherscheid. From this road, which later turns into asphalt, you have great views of the Flurbuchenhecken landscape and the Eifel. You make a detour around the football field before getting back to the starting point.
You will find something to eat and drink at Grünental (about 200 m from the waypoint along the road towards Imgenbroich, at the campsite in Hammer, in Dedenborn about 200 m along the L106 towards the center from the point where you cross the road, and close to the end in Eicherscheid. The Eicherscheid and Grünental restaurants were closed on my trip. This trip was inspired by but not completely the same as walk 13 in the Rother Wanderführer “Eifel” by Dieter Sieger, Maria and Winand Reitz.
Viewpoint on a rock called Weldehüsjes Lei with the Alsdorfer Bergmannskreuz
Monumental water mill called Belgenbacher Mühle
Village in the Rur valley. From this point you have a good view across the village.
Here you start your descent into the valley of the Holzbach stream.
On this road approaching Eicherscheid you will see a lot of the so-called Flurbuchenhecken scenery. Beech/hornbeam trees forming hedge rows with trunks growing together.
Here you arrive to the Rur river. There is a parking lot here on the other side of the Belgenbach, an other convenient starting point of the hike. There is a restaurant close by.
Village in the Rur river. There is a large campsite just on the other side of the Rur river.
Here you take a short turn left and continue on a path above Hammer and the Rur river, between (a.o.) beech woods.
Here you arrive to a path in the Belgenbach valley.
Here you leave the forest road and continue on a less well-trodden (and well-maintained) path along the Brommersbach.
Here you leave the valley to start a slow climb to Dedenborn with nice beech trees especially near the start.
Here you start your climb to Uhusley
You start with a short detour around Eicherscheid with glimpses of the Flurbuchenhecken scenery.
Here you get to the bottom of the Rur valley
You cross the Rur valley again near Dedenborn
Here you start climbing the hill past the campsite through a sunken lane.
Rocky viewpoint. The view is largely but not completely obscured by trees.
Great view of the Rur valley
Large white cross with viewpoint and a shelter.