Surrounded by predominantly agricultural landscape, this area of more than 300 hectares is the largest continuous natural deciduous forest in the lower Börde area. Here near-natural forests with ancient trees have survived. These provide habitat to rare bird and animal species such as Red Kite, Black Woodpecker, Tree Frog and Crested Newt.
The forests around Welver are especially attractive from March to June, when spring flowers like Wood Anemone, Arum, Wild Garlic and Oxlip transform the forest floor into a carpet of flowers. This is also the time of greatest vocal activity of numerous species of birds like the Nuthatch, Green Woodpecker and Eurasian Treecreeper. A little later in the year, the Nightingale and the Golden Oriole can be heard.
If you wish to go on a longer circular tour by bike, you can travel north from Kirchwelver via Dinker (A 3 - 6.7 kilometres) and via Eilmsen (A 4 - 13.7 kilometres), or head south via Meyerich (W - 14.2 kilometres) or east via Holtkamp (A 5 - 7.6 kilometres).
Updated: September 13, 2016
Tips, hints and linksIn Kirchwelver you can visit the Heimathaus Welver. This museum houses lovingly assembled exhibits of local history and landscape history. The idyllic little village centre in the immediate vicinity of a former Cistercian monastery offers visitors intellectual and spiritual interest, and good food, too.
Getting thereFrom the country road L 670 between Soest and Hamm several junctions take you towards Welver.
Address for satnavs: Klosterhof 59514 Welver
GPS (UTM): 32 U 428339, 5719801
Google coordinates: 51.624909, 7.965362
ParkingHiking car park in Kirchwelver on the L695 at the junction to Klosterhof
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