A family of four are riding on a tarmac cycle path that runs from the centre left to the front right of the picture. They have the sun on their backs. The left of the path is lined with grasses and ferns. Conifer-covered hills are visible in the distance.
Cycling in the Sauerland ©ADFC - DpR
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SauerlandRadring – railways, a bat tunnel and much more besides

The Sauerland region, whose name originally meant 'south land', lies to the south of the cities of Soest, Unna and Dortmund. Among its features are disused railway tracks, tunnels, mills and spectacular views of verdant valleys.

The SauerlandRadring is a haven of tranquillity in the midst of a historically industrial region. Its many attractions include Galileo Park at the Sauerland Pyramids world of discovery and a historical bone mill that dates back to 1837. The beach at Berghauser Bucht on Lake Hennesee is a great place to go for a swim, before you reach a further highlight of this circular tour – the 689-metre-long 'bat tunnel' that is open to cyclists from mid-April to the end of October. Alternatively you can visit the Schmallenberg woodland adventure course, Königsmünster Abbey or the Hennesee dam. As you pedal along you'll regularly see beautiful half-timbered buildings on the wayside, as well as old signal boxes, buffers stops and carriages – evocative relics of bygone days.

Terrain: The route runs almost entirely on tarmac paths that feature moderate climbs and follow old railway tracks.

Scenery: Narrow rivers, large reservoir lakes and deciduous and coniferous forests. Rural idylls alternate with buzzing little towns and delightful villages.

At a glance: SauerlandRadring

  • LENGTH: 124 km
    Circular route, northern loop is 40 km
  • STARTS/ENDS: everywhere along the route
  • TRAVEL: (nearest cities to the route):
    Hagen 70 km | Iserlohn 78 km, railway stations Meschede, Finnentrop and Lennestadt
  • ABOUT THE ROUTE: mainly flat terrain, hilly in places

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