With the weather forecast predicting a sunny day, I took the day off from University work and went for a solo hike in the Teutoburg Forest. Excepting a single run, it has been 3 weeks of illness since I last got out into nature like this! Luckily, there’s a bus going from Münster main station to a stop just a km from the “Dörenther Klippen” – literally “the cliffs of Dörenthe” – where I wanted to start.
To start off, I climbed around on the “cliffs” for a while. The rocks there make for great scrambling (so much fun!!) and some relatively sweet views over the forest, fields and streets around. The highest ones look out over all the surrounding tree crowns, so I got to enjoy a bath in the warm autumn sun! When I pulled out my camera on top of one of the highest rocks, a father of two girls running around asked me whether there was ought to photograph here. When I replied with a hearty “Everything!”, he smiled amusedly.
Leaving the rocks behind, I took a small detour before following the Hermannsweg trail for the rest of the day. The detour lead me through a stretch of quiet brown fern forest for a while, spider silk everywhere, glistening in the autumn sun. The muted colours and silence – plus a red admiral butterfly fluttering by noiselessly – made this part feel very otherworldly, very serene.
For most of the 12 km hike, I tried to move relatively quickly, but I also took a lot of time to stand still and take photos whenever I felt like it. The hardest part was to hike down to the little town of Brochterbeck and right back up to the ridge of the Teutoburg Forest again. Ultimately, that was very exhausting! I actually feel it’s easier to run for a few hours than to walk the distance, even with uphills. Maybe it’s the fresh crisp air outside always making me sleepy within a few hours.
At some point, I took a longer break with warm tea and a snack at a little circle of stones beside the way. An old tree trunk was part of the circle; it looked very magical with the moss-filled grooves circling all around it like runes from secret forest creatures.
10 km and nearly 4 hours after leaving the Dörenther Klippen, I arrived in the sweet little town of Tecklenburg, sitting on top of a hill. There are timbered houses everywhere, a central market place surrounded by a few pretty cafés and charming shops full of pretty things people on weekend trips might buy. Upon looking up, I was also surprised by the lovely witches, ghosts and devils that hung all over the lanes. Tecklenburg is definitely a little town living from the weekend tourists, but it is enjoyable!
In total, it was a great little solo adventure and well worth the day off. I long to go back and follow the trails again, only run them this time!
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