This eventful stretch is characterised by rolling fields, narrow and romantic valleys and wild forests.
After the start at the Grevenmühle golf course (Golfplatz Grevenmühle), we walk briefly alongside the Schwarzbach, then head in a southerly direction towards Erkrath.
We amble through the gentle hilly landscape with a spring in our step.
Our courage is tested as we pass through a small ghostly forest (Geisterwäldchen) – shiver! - then we head through the Metzkausen district of Mettmann. From there, we pass the golf course once again, then stride through the diverse Stinder Valley (Stindertal), with mills, pastures and the famous church of “Maria im Tal”.
In Erkrath, we follow a large bend through the woods and meadows of Gut Jägerhof and Gut Papendelle, then pass through Haus Morp Park, which was landscaped in the English style in 1900.
The stage ends behind the park of the former manor house, not far from Erkrath S-Bahn Station.
The stretch from Homberg to Erkrath is one of the longer sections of the neanderland STEIG, but it is a delightful walk.
The narrow paths can be slippery in places, particularly in wet weather.
Be careful at the edges of steep faces, keep your distance.
The path runs beside cool streams, through deep forests, and over windy hills; depending on the time of year and the weather, you may need to take a coat.
Park+Ride car park at Erkrath-Nord S-Bahn
Park+Ride car park at Erkrath S-Bahn