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The Source of the Rur

Published by detlefpalm , 11 November 2018, 14h58.

Region: World » Belgien
Date of the hike:16 June 2017
Hiking grading: T1 - Valley hike
Geo-Tags: B 
Time: 2:45
Height gain: 145 m 476 ft.
Height loss: 145 m 476 ft.
Route:12.2 Kilometer

The trail has three highlights: (i) the Boardwalks near Sourbrodt lovingly maintained by the Sourbrodt community, (ii) the glimpses of the Fagne Wallonne and the closest point to the source of the river Rur as you can get; and (iii) a stretch of wild forest along one of the branches of the young Rur. Between them, you have to cover some distance, but it is well worth the effort.

The source of the Rur is the interest of many hikers, but it is not well defined. There are several contributing branches, the major being the 'Rur' and the other the 'Small Rur'. This trail keeps north of the Small Rur.

Once you step out of the car for a hundred meter or so, you find yourself in the middle of the Venn environment. The first stop is at the propeller of a British aircraft downed in World War II. Flowers tell that every life counts.

At some point, one can make out Signal de Botrange in the distance, the highest point of Belgium. But focus your vision on the ground, as you will cross the Rur again, as close to its source as you will ever get.
Following a stretch through a virtual wilderness, pay a visit to the 'Russian Cross', and the nearby information chart.

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