near Herkenbosch, Limburg (Nederland)
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In short, you can't get lost !
The hike starts on the outskirts of Herkenbosch, from a large parking area next to an idyllic, extraordinary castle, Kasteel Daelenbroeck, with hotel facilities.
The hike is primarily in the Netherlands, province of Limburg with only a short (but most scenic) stretch in Germany.
You pass through brookland, marshes, walk along the river Roer / Ruhr, cross forests areas and reach a picturesque lake called Effelder Waldsee. This an ideal spot for a picknick.
Moreover, opposite the castle tower, on the border of the moat, there is a charming corner to take a seat and relax after your hike. It's one of the many "Glucks locations" / Geluks plekken that you'll encounter on the hike.
If you like to extend the walk, you can opt for a circular walk around the romantic Effelder Waldsee lake, adding around 3 kms to this trail.
After periods of rain, do be prepared for some muddy stretches (not too much though).
Lovely walk , a "premiumwanderung" after all, in national park The Meinweg and Naturpark Maas, Schwalm Nette.
Quite big carpark.
Red brook in English, so indeed this is the dominant colour of the waters.
Includes two benches to enjoy the view across the lake, idyllic spot. It's also one of the "Glucks" spots, see photo.
A lounge bench on the waters of the river Roer / Ruhr as well as a "Glucks" / "Geluks" spot.