and occasionally rides a bike.
A word of warning. The walk descriptions are not detailed enough to guide you - please take a map. The batteries never run out, and you always have a signal. Oh, And don't take left or right as gospel!

Friday, August 9, 2019

Walks in the Black Forest - 2 Gremmelsbach & Großvaterstuhl.

2. Gremmelsbach and the Großvaterstuhl

After a good night's sleep, we had a pleasantly slow start to the morning.  After 1130, and coffee, we walked up to Gremmelsbach again, and decided to follow the purple route 6 round.

Out of the village on the RHS of the church, past the Rathous.

We walked under the railway bridge,then at a T-junction, we turned to the right towards the Großvaterstuhl.

We climbed gradually up with views through the trees to the railway line.

There were lots of flowers and few bilberries, not quite at their best yet.
 After about 2.5 km arrive at the Großvaterstuhl, a view point over hills and valleys. 
Der Großvater...

On and still upward to the Dreibahnenblick, with more views of the Black Forest Railway, and on again to views over the nearby tourist town of Triberg.
We paused in the shade for coffee. The next section looked rather hot and unshaded. we followed the path round and up to around 2,800 feet, before descending fairly steeply, always along decent footpaths.
We found a pile of logs to serve as table and chairs for our late picnic lunch, before returning to Gremmelsbach.

In honour of the dead, and a warning to the living.
then it was all downhill to our appartment.
The route

The splendid elevation profile!
 A whisker short of 7 miles, with over 1,200 feet of climbing. Beautiful weather - not too hot and plenty of shade most of the way.
Lots of butterflies - some kind of fritillary, marbled white, meadow brown, brimstone. Several damsel and dragonflies. Masses of wild flowers, a kestrel, a buzzard, woodpeckers or nutcrackers etc.
We returned at about 4.30 pm and dined on pasta, followed by rather delicious chocolate ice cream. 

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