- Round trip
- cultural / historical
The Reiste Chapel Trail connects 8 villages with their chapels and the Reiste parish church on a total of 25 km circular trail.
You can optionally walk the trail in two stages. The recommendation of the SGV department Reiste is to start with the longer southern route and then hike the northern route.
Reiste, St. Pancras parish church, Meschede road (B 55)
Reiste, St. Pancras parish church, Meschede road (B 55)
Chapels and wayside crosses are frequent companions in the municipality of Reiste. They testify to a deep religiosity that people practiced here for centuries. Faith and prayer have always been part of everyday life. The bells of the houses of worship divided the day, religious festivals the year. Often, saints' huts or wayside crosses were erected out of gratitude or as a reminder of special events and are cherished by local families to this day. Of course, each village has its own chapel and each is dedicated to a different patron saint.
The 22.6 km (25.7 mi) long chapel trail invites you to discover this tradition and the many beautiful chapels in the chapel villages around Reiste. Hike along secluded forest paths and discover the stories of the small houses of worship. Along the way, impressive views will punctuate your hike, as will the many gems along the way, framed by nature.The chapel trail offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the village structure of an old-established Sauerland community. You will get an idea of what it was like to live "in the village", in reliable structures, but also with many a challenge. For example, it was commonplace to walk to school "over the mountain" even in the deep snow of winter, or to walk to church on Sundays in the next larger village, Reiste, in wind and weather. People kept contact between the larger and smaller villages. On all kinds of occasions, at festivals and celebrations, the footpaths were not shied away from. Whether it was the shooting match, the harvest festival or the traditional Reiste market: people went to Reiste, celebrated together and spent pleasant hours together. These encounters still exist today. Today, however, many residents tend to walk back to their home village on such occasions. On the one hand because of the beautiful nature, on the other hand probably also because of the one or other beer, which can be digested better while walking...
Reiste and its chapel villages have kept their lively associations until today. Hike the chapel path and meet a real piece of Sauerland with its traditions. Let yourself be inspired by nature on the path between the chapels and come to rest. Stop in one or the other chapel and hold silent prayer. Or sit down on a bench along the way, enjoy nature or admire one of the small works of art along the way.
The northern route of the Kapellenweg (12.0 km):Reiste - Erflinghausen 3.4 kmHike The local hiking trail Re1 from the common starting point of the chapel trail in the direction of Erflinghausen. Above Nichtinghausen you will then meet the Kapellenweg and follow it over the hilltop in the direction of Erflinghausen. On the old dead man's path you walk slowly down to Erflinghausen, where you come to the hexagonal St. Lucia Chapel in the middle of the village.Erflinghausen - Büenfeld 1.8 kmBehind Erflinghausen you walk slowly up to the high plateau near Büenfeld. Enjoy the beautiful panoramic view as the trail leads you directly to Büenfeld to the "Maria Heimsuchung" chapel.Büenfeld - Büemke 2,4 kmFollow the road in Büenfeld for a bit through the village until the path lets you enter the gorge-like cut of the "Büenfelder Siepen" to the right. Here you will pass the gem "die Holmke" and as the trail continues you will reach the Büemke valley. Walk further up to the village Büemke and go to the St. Agatha chapel.Büemke - Reiste 4.4 kmLeave Büemke on the last section of the chapel trail in the direction of Reiste. Follow the path up to the Reiste mountain and further over its ridge. Quite a bit before the radio transformer, go past the wayside cross to the right. You are now walking on the old Büemke school path and descend it into the Reiste valley. Passing the giant bench and the meadow orchard, you will reach the village of Reiste a short time later. After crossing the B55 for the last time, you are back at the starting point of the chapel trail, at the parish church of St. Pancras.There is a stamp passport for the chapel trail, which can be provided with a stamp of the respective patron saint at the village chapels. You can get the stamp passport in the entrance area of the Reiste parish church, in the inns of Reiste and Nichtinghausen, in the Volksbank in Reiste, in the grocery store as well as in the gas station in Nichtinghausen. The stamps are located in weatherproof boxes below the information boards of the individual chapels. Upon presentation of the completely filled out stamp passport, you will receive a small reminder at the above-mentioned issuing points (except for the parish church).
A rescue point system is installed in the Hochsauerlandkreis. Rescue points can be found, among other things, on the information boards of the junctions and hiking signs.
There is a direct connection from Dortmund or Kassel to Meschede by train, and from there with the bus line S70 in the direction of Grevenbrück, directly to Reiste.A direct connection exists from Siegen or Hagen to Grevenbrück by train, and from there with the bus line S70 in the direction of Meschede, directly to Reiste. To the timetable information: www.rlg-online.deWith the Schmallenberg Sauerland Card you can travel free of charge by bus and train in the region.
The church with parking facilities is located on the B55, which runs through Reiste.From the north: via the A46 to Meschede, then the B55 in the direction of Olpe to Reiste.From the south: via the A45 to Olpe, then the B55 via Grevenbrück, Eslohe in the direction of Meschede to Reiste.
Free parking is available everywhere in Reiste. The SGV department Reiste recommends the parking lot at the parish church, which is located directly at the starting point.