In the Mühlbach valley Rumbeck, apoetry pathwas installed in June 2005.
The idea for the Rumbeck poetry path came from forest warden Wolfram Blanke. His idea was to intensify the experience of nature through the sensitive gaze of the poets, and to breathe new life into the poetry through the site of the real-life woods on which it is based.
Blanke had already found the right path for poetry long before then. The path into the Mühlbach valley near Rumbeck is extremely varied in terms of its vegetation and landscape. It leads to the old Wiesental valley, which was intensively used for woodcutting, water management and fishing by the Premonstratensian nuns from the Rumbeck nunnery nearby. Traces of dams for the fish ponds and water ditches to secure the water supply are still clearly visible along the path.
The special feature of the path along the Mühlbach river is its moderate ascent and good covering. It is also suitable for wheelchair users and is manageable for anyone as a two-kilometre circular route. Blanke contacted the Arnsberg literary society and asked them to select suitable poems to suit the very varied natural landscape. In joint discussions, the right texts were found from an unending number of possibilities. 20 poems were selected for the 2,000 metre route. The concept of the poetry path is to replace the poems according to the season, and to make the path attractive and interesting as a destination for a second and third time. How to find the poetry path: From the Ruhrtal valley between Uentrop and Oeventrop, take the branch road towards Rumbeck. There, pass under the motorway and in the bend to the right in the road through the town, turn left directly before the “Gasthof Hoffmann” restaurant into the “Zum Mühlbachtal” cul de sac. Follow the road until your reach the woodland car park at the end. Or via Arnsberg, Rumbecker Straße, to Rumbeck and there turn right behind “Gasthof Hoffmann” to the Mühlbachtal until you reach the woodland car park. The circular route can be completed at a leisurely pace in 45 minutes.