Rothaarsteig Trail - Grönebacher Dorfpfad

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Grönebach /

The Grönebacher Dorfpfad largely circles the picturesquely situated village on paths and offers many views. It has been awarded as a quality trail by the hiking association.





Tour starting point:

Hiking portal at the parking lot Küstelberger Straße

Tour destination point:

Hiking portal at the parking lot Küstelberger Straße


  • promising
  • Round trip
  • Refreshment stop
  • cultural / historical

Additional Information

Further information about the Rothaarsteig is available at and by calling the free service hotline at +49 2974 / 499 4163. Here we will be happy to advise you on your personal tour planning.




10.7 km


2:45 Std.

Elevation ascent

218 m

Elevation descent

219 m

Altitude (Minimum)

568 m

Altitude (Maximum)

678 m





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The Grönebacher Dorfpfad largely circles the picturesquely situated village on paths and offers many views. It has been awarded as a quality trail by the hiking association.

Rastplatz Antoniusstein

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Der Rastplatz Antoniusstein.

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Wanderhütte Ruipes-Ropes-Hütte

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Die Ruipes-Ropes-Hütte .

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From the hiking sign at the Küstelberg Street parking lot, we hike to the right and climb uphill on a grassy path to the country road. About 100 m we go left along the road and then uphill to the recreational area "Schlade". An old royal road led along here.Old King's RoadThe Alte Königsstraße leading from Frankfurt to Soest crossed the Heidenstraße in Winterberg. Its oldest course led via Grönebach up to the Alter Hagen and further north. Later it was transferred to the Ruhrtal as the so-called Alte Landstraße or Sauerländer Weg. Two hollow way-like driving terraces are preserved here on a length of about 200 meters.We follow the old royal road uphill to a bench with a beautiful view into the valley of the Westernau. Along the edge of the forest we continue to the right and then straight ahead with a great view of the "valley landscape" Hildfeld-Grönebach-Küstelberg. Through the picturesque Hachmecke valley we hike, always along the stream, down into the Hilletal valley to the former knitting mill. Passing a tree nursery we reach the country road Grönebach-Niedersfeld. We keep to the left for about 50 m and meet the old railroad embankment of the former Steinhelle-Medebach narrow-gauge railroad at Haus Sander. Small railroad Steinhelle-MedebachFrom 1902 to 1953 a narrow-gauge railroad ran from Steinhelle to Medebach. The increasing road traffic and the decreasing freight volume led to the "end" after a good 50 years of operation. The railroad embankment is well preserved in the Hilletal.Now we follow the tracks of the narrow-gauge railroad on the old railroad embankment to the right - past the sports field - to the Hille bridge with its offset round arches. First to the right, then steeply uphill to the left we reach the traces of the old "Iäselpoad". IäselpoadThis old path led from Küstelberg to the former knitting mill. On donkey backs the grain was transported from Küstelberg to the mill and ground. Friends of local history have cut about 150 m of the Iäselpoad free and made it accessible.So we walk to the right along the Iäselpoad, cross an asphalted field path and reach the Grönebacher Steinacker on a beautiful grassy path. Always in sight of the village with its church tower, we walk uphill through an old hollow way and continue to the right along the slope of the Mosenberg until we reach the Antonius stone. Antonius stone from 1731The Grönebach Antonius stone dates from 1731, the Hildfeld one from 1704. Antonius of Padua is especially venerated in the Sauerland. Candles burn day and night in front of the wayside shrine, which has been protected by a small stone chapel since 1958. We follow the signs to the right downhill into the Springetal to the country road and then up to the viewpoint on the Egge (680 m). Here we reach the highest point of the Grönebacher Dorfpfad. On the other side of the mountain we go downhill into the valley of the Westernau and to the left to the "Ruipes-Ropes-Hütte" with a large rest area at the Entenwiese . A beautiful path brings us back to Grönebach - past the football field and the village fountain.

Safty guidelines

Information about the rescue boards on the RothaarsteigMost hiking trails run away from towns and settlements and every hiker has at some time thought about what would happen if an emergency were to occur. How can I be found here? Where am I at all? Can the rescue service reach me?But in an emergency things have to happen quickly! For this reason, the Rothaarsteig is equipped throughout with so-called rescue signs. On the green and white plaques, which are attached to the posts of the signposts, there is a number which you must give when making your emergency call. This helps rescue workers know exactly where you are and valuable time can be saved.Note on the increased risk of forest firesPlease remember that there is currently an increased risk of forest fires due to the drought! Therefore, please observe the following instructions: Observe the legal ban on smoking in the forest - it applies in spring, summer and autumn, more precisely: from March 1 to October 31.Observe the ban on open fires in the forest and within 100 meters of the forest.Take glass out of the forest - the burning glass effect can start forest fires.When it's (too) late:Extinguish small incipient fires if you can do so safely. Carefully inspect the site if necessary.Report fires via "112".Leave the danger area by the shortest route.The forest thanks you!Wisent and wild animals on the Rothaarsteig - tips for behaviourMany species of game live in the forests along the Rothaarsteig. Encounters with red deer, wild boar, mouflon and for some time now also bison are possible. The latter can be encountered on the Rothaarsteig between Albrechtsplatz and Dreiherrenstein.The risks posed by the bison for the normal hiker are low and can be reduced to an absolute minimum by appropriately adapted and respectful behavior. Walk quietly and inconspicuously at a distance past the animals, do not frighten them and do not look them directly in the eye.If the animals approach you, remain calm, do not Wenden your back to them, and leave the area without rushing, but always keep your eyes on the animal.If the animals fall below a distance that makes you uncomfortable, call loudly, whistle, or otherwise make yourself heard. Watch out for threatening gestures!If sows "chatter their teeth" or bison lower their heads, they are expecting your retreat. Back away!If you have a dog with you, keep it under control on a leash. If an animal attacks your dog, unleash it! The dog is faster and more agile than you and will definitely find you again!

Public transiot

The starting point of the hike can be reached by public transport (bus stop Lambertusplatz).From Winterberg with the bus line S40 and S30.More information about the bus line as well as the times

Getting there

The district of Grönebach is located on the L 872 between Niedersfeld and Küstelberg.


Parking facilities are available in the village:Parking Küstelberger Straße directly at the hiking portal as well as on Niedersfelder Straße below the church.

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