Due to the special form of coppice usage the forest is flooded with much more light than in conventionally-used forests. This amount of light penetrating the tree canopy permits a thick covering of mosses and lichens to grow on the bizarrely shaped trunks of trees (i.e. as epiphytes), and also allows a strong undergrowth of dwarf shrubs such as Blueberry, Lingonberry and Heather.
On your hike through the coppice forests you can repeatedly enjoy views of the low-mountain landscape of the so-called "Caller Schweiz" (Calle Switzerland) region and you will walk around the Resmecke Stream valley that is characterised by grassland and hedgerows. There or in the surrounding wind-throw areas, you can with luck see the Red-backed Shrike. The Raven, which had become extinct in our region, has meanwhile returned and is again common in the countryside around Visbeck.
Getting thereThe village of Visbeck is located about eleven kilometres southwest of Meschede. Before the bus stop called "Ort", take district road 12 (towards Odin), which goes steeply uphill to the starting point of the hiking route northwest of Visbeck. At the highest point of the road forest paths go off to the left and right. You can park here.
Address for satnavs: Zum Odin – Kreuzung K12 Wengeler Höhe, 59872 Visbeck (Meschede)
GPS (UTM): 32 U 438555, 5687644
Google coordinates: 51.336760, 8.117930
ParkingThere is no dedicated nature reserve car park. Please park your vehicle beside the road, taking care not to cause obstruction (to forestry vehicles etc.)
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EquipmentSturdy shoes, and possibly a backpack snack
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