Graded long-distance hiking trail Stage

Westerwald-Steig Stage 2: Breitscheid - Fuchskaute (East - West)

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The high basalt plateaus of the High Westerwald mountain range provide you with plenty of expansive views during your hike. The stage finishes at the highest point in the Westerwald, Fuchskaute mountain.
moderate
11.2 km
3:30 h
280 m
123 m
The trail leaves Breitscheid in the direction of the airfield and crosses a wooded ridge, which eventually opens up on a view over the field to the village of Rabenscheid. The trail disappears into the forest again and leads down to the Heisterberger Weiher lake. It follows along the banks of the lake as far as the road to Heisterberg, through a landscape of hedge-lined meadows. You'll hardly notice the gentle ascent up to the highest peak (657m) in the Westerwald.

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For creative types and culture vultures: pottery course at the pottery museum in Breitscheid
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Michael Sterr
Updated: August 06, 2020
Quality route according to "Wanderbares Deutschland"
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
649 m
Lowest point
493 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

  • Tragen Sie festes Schuhwerk sowie witterungsangepasste, zweckmäßige Kleidung, die Sie vor Kälte und Nässe bzw. Hitze und Sonne schützt.
  • Nehmen Sie ausreichend Flüssigkeit mit. Es sind nicht überall Einkehrmöglichkeiten vorhanden.
  • Bitte ziehen Sie dem Weg angemessene Wanderschuhe an, welche Ihnen ausreichend Halt auch auf schlüpfrigen und steilen bzw. felsigen und unebenen Wegen geben.
  • Sollten Sie bei bestimmten Wegeabschnitten der Meinung sein, dass diese für Sie nicht begehbar sind, dann sollten Sie diese umgehen. Gerade bei widrigen Wetterverhältnissen kann es bei naturnahen Wegen zu matschigen und rutschigen Passagen kommen.
  • Besonders im Herbst ist auch darauf zu achten, dass das am Boden liegende Laub Unebenheiten, Wurzeln, Steine oder Löcher im Weg verdecken kann. Mit Wegebeeinträchtigungen dieser Art müssen Sie rechnen, wenn Sie eine Wanderung unternehmen.
  • Obwohl der Weg durchgehend sehr gut markiert ist, sollten Sie aus Sicherheitsgründen immer eine geeignete Wanderkarte dabei haben.

 

Tips, hints and links

www.gemeinde-breitscheid.de
www.driedorf.de
www.rennerod.de

Start

Breitscheid (493 m)
Coordinates:
DD
50.685438, 8.182656
DMS
50°41'07.6"N 8°10'57.6"E
UTM
32U 442260 5615164
w3w 
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Destination

Fuchskaute

Turn-by-turn directions

The Westerwald-Steig trail passes the 14th century church and the cemetery, with its pretty chapel, and up to the Catholic parish church, which dates from the 1960s. The trail leaves Breitscheid in the direction of the airfield and a restaurant. The clay soil and waterlogged ground make this land almost completely unsuitable for agricultural use. Pine forests, tree windbreaks and large meadows make up the landscape of the High Westerwald instead. Once the Westerwald-Steig trail crosses the wooded ridge on slightly difficult terrain, you can look to the right across the fields to the village of Rabenscheid. The first wind turbines near the Fuchskaute soon appear in the distance. The Westerwald-Steig first disappears into the woods on mixed terrain, crosses a clearing, then re-enters the forest before finally emerging on the main road to Heisterberg. The Höllberg mountain and the nearby transmitter mast, which will follow the trail for a while, now come into view. The trail continues down along the slopes of a damp meadow to the Heisterberger Weiher lake, which is a popular spot for swimming and boating, especially in the summer months. There is also a modern campsite here, which is open all year round, with fully accessible shower and toilet facilities, a children’s' playground, volleyball court, kiosk and restaurant. The River Amdorfbach flows from the Heisterberger Weiher. The trail follows the banks of the lake as far as the main road to Heisterberg, through a landscape of hedges and flowering meadows. You will hear the hum of the wind turbines as you walk through the valley and see the village of Waldaubach on your right. You will hardly notice the gentle ascent through the forest to the highest mountain (657m) in the Westerwald.
Access paths (marking: green W on a yellow background)

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Bus from Herborn to the Breitscheid town hall (Rathaus) stop: bus no. 510
Return journey from the Fuchskaute to Breitscheid: by taxi; no buses available
www.bahn.de
www.vld-wetzlar.de

Getting there

B255 to the Breitscheid exit, once in the town: Kirchstraße

Parking

Above the church in Breitscheid

Coordinates

DD
50.685438, 8.182656
DMS
50°41'07.6"N 8°10'57.6"E
UTM
32U 442260 5615164
w3w 
///rang.procreation.reservation
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

- Abenteuer Westerwald-Steig, hiking guide with detailed route outlines and elevation profile, 224 pages, ISBN 978-3-93569-064-5, €12.80 - Westerwald-Steig, Schöneres Wandern Pocket, 17 half-day and full-day walks in a pocket-size map, publisher: ideemedia-Verlag, ISBN 978-3-934342-25-5, €10.95 - Rother Wanderführer Westerwald-Steig, publisher: Bergverlag Rother GmbH, from Herborn to Bad Hönningen, 112 pages with 58 colour illustrations, 16 elevation profiles, 16 1:50 000 scale hiking maps, 6 street maps, one small-scale map, ISBN 978-3-7633-4376-8, €10.90

Author’s map recommendations

- Wanderkarte-Leporello Westerwald-Steig, hiking map with GPS data and tips for day trips, rest stops and leisure activities, map size (w x h): 18 x 20 cm, 39 pages in total, including 29 pages of maps, ISBN 978-3-89920-461-2, €8.95 - Official WesterWaldSteig trail map for hikers and holidaymakers, 1:50 000 scale map, LVermGeo Rheinland-Pfalz, ISBN 978-3-89637-406-6, €8.50

Equipment

Hiking boots/shoes
Suitable weatherproof clothing

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Reviews

3.8
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Reiner Zeh
October 19, 2020 · Community
Eine schöne Tour und eine wunderbare Unterkunft in der Fuchskaute. Probleme mit der Beschilderung hatten wir hier keine.
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Coco Heart
June 22, 2019 · Community
Done at June 22, 2019
Martina Züngel-Hein
April 14, 2017 · Community
Relativ einfache Strecke, aber gut zu laufen. In beiden Restaurants auf der Fuchskaute wird die Wanderkarte nicht mehr abgestempelt. "Wir machen das nicht mehr", war die Antwort. Eine Alternative kennt keiner. Schade!
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Photos from others

Bartenstein 615m ü. N.
Beeindruckender Baum am Weg
Heisterberger Weiher
Sehr viel Wasser im Wald
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Reviews
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
11.2 km
Duration
3:30h
Ascent
280 m
Descent
123 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family friendly Botanical highlights

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