Ranger tours through the forests of southern Westphalia
NRW’s largest area of forestland is a treat for all the senses
Learn more about NRW’s largest expanse of forest from experienced “forest interpreters”: Ranger tours provide interesting insight into the forests of southern Westphalia.
With their uniform of broad-brimmed hat, light-green shirt and dark-green trousers, rangers are easy to spot in the forests of southern Westphalia. Very few know this terrain better than them. On their daily rounds, they check for problems like damaged bridges or impassable paths, and they make sure that there are no dogs running loose and posing a threat to plants and wildlife.
Interested visitors can accompany the rangers on their patrols through the sweeping territory covering the NRW regions of Sauerland and Siegerland-Wittgenstein. Whether arranged in advance or by chance encounter – the foresters and forestry managers from the NRW State Forestry and Timber Agency will be glad to show visitors around the extensive forests of southern Westphalia. Catering to adult visitors, the forest experience walks are a treat for all the senses. There are also tours designed with groups in mind and tours that are accessible to the less able-bodied. For children and teenagers, “rambles with the ranger” are organised on a regular basis. These include a little test: trying to stay quiet for five minutes to listen carefully to the sounds of the forest. Adults can buy a “ranger ticket” for the tours, which are for small groups of up to 25 people. The tickets cost five euro per adult while the tours for children and teenagers are free.
The tours themselves cover some of the most interesting forest routes in North Rhine-Westphalia: the Rothaarsteig (Rothaar Trail), the Sauerland-Waldroute (Sauerland Forest Route) and the Sauerland-Höhenflug (Sauerland High-Flyer). Visitors can of course explore these routes by themselves, but with guidance from the rangers they can discover some impressive but less well-known sights. Visitors should allow one and a half to two hours for the tour and shouldn’t be short of curiosity. Those who decide to set out on their own tour of discovery might well encounter a ranger, who will always be ready to offer advice and assistance.