Rothaarsteig Trail - Grönebacher Dorfpfad

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





Tour starting point:

Hiking portal at the Küstelberg Straße parking lot

Tour destination point:

Hiking portal at the Küstelberg Straße parking lot


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

Additional Information

Further information about the Rothaarsteig can be found at and by calling the free service hotline on +49 2974 / 499 4163, where 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 picturesque village on paths and offers many views. It has been recognized 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 board at the Küstelberg Straße parking lot, we turn right and climb uphill on a grassy path to the country road. Turn left along the road for about 100 m and then uphill to the "Schlade" leisure facility. An old royal road used to run along here.Old royal 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. It was later relocated to the Ruhrtal as the so-called Alte Landstraße or Sauerländer Weg. Two hollow road-like terraces have been preserved here over a length of around 200 m.We follow the old royal road uphill to a bench with a beautiful view of the Westernau valley. We continue along the edge of the forest to the right and then straight ahead with great views of the Hildfeld-Grönebach-Küstelberg valley landscape. We walk through the picturesque Hachmecke valley, always along the stream, down into the Hilletal valley to the former Strickmühle mill. Passing a tree nursery, we reach the Grönebach-Niedersfeld country road. We keep left for approx. 50 m and reach the old railroad embankment of the former Steinhelle-Medebach narrow-gauge railroad at Haus Sander. Steinhelle-Medebach light railroadFrom 1902 to 1953, a narrow-gauge railroad ran from Steinhelle to Medebach. Increasing road traffic and decreasing freight volumes led to the "end" after a good 50 years of operation. The railroad embankment is well preserved in the Hilletal.Now we follow the old railroad embankment to the right - past the sports field - to the Hillebrücke bridge with its staggered round arches. First to the right, then steeply uphill to the left, we reach the tracks of the old "Iäselpoad". IäselpoadThis old path led from Küstelberg to the former knitting mill. The grain was transported from Küstelberg to the mill and ground on donkey backs. Friends of local history have cleared about 150 m of the Iäselpoad and made it accessible.We walk to the right along the Iäselpoad, cross a tarmac field path and reach the Grönebacher Steinacker on a beautiful grassy path. Always within sight of the village with its church tower, the trail leads uphill through an old hollow path and continues to the right along the slope of the Mosenberg to the Antoniusstein. Antonius stone from 1731The Antonius Stone in Grönebach dates from 1731, the one in Hildfeld from 1704. St. Anthony of Padua is particularly revered 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 signposts to the right downhill into the Springetal valley to the country road and then up to the viewpoint on the Egge (680 m). This is the highest point of the Grönebacher Dorfpfad. On the other side of the mountain, the trail then descends into the Westernau valley and continues to the left to the "Ruipes-Ropes-Hütte " with a large rest area at the Entenwiese. A beautiful path takes us past the football pitch and village fountain back to Grönebach.

Safty guidelines

Information about the rescue signs on the RothaarsteigMost hiking trails run away from towns and settlements and every hiker has thought about what would happen if an emergency were to occur. How can I be found here? Where am I anyway? Can the emergency services reach me?In an emergency, things have to happen quickly! That's why the Rothaarsteig is equipped with so-called rescue signs throughout. The green and white plaques attached to the posts of the signposts have a number that you must give when making an emergency call. This means that the emergency services know exactly where you are and valuable time can be saved.Note on the increased risk of forest firesPlease bear in mind 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 fall, 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 cause forest fires.When it is (too) late:Extinguish small incipient fires if you can do so safely. Check the area carefully if necessary.Report fires via "112".Leave the danger zone by the shortest route.The forest will thank you!Bison and wild animals on the Rothaarsteig - tips on how to behaveMany species of wildlife live in the forests along the Rothaarsteig. Encounters with red deer, wild boar (wild sows), mouflon and, more recently, bison are possible. You may encounter the latter on the Rothaarsteig between Albrechtsplatz and Dreiherrenstein.The risks posed to normal hikers by bison are low and can be reduced to an absolute minimum by appropriate and respectful behavior. Walk calmly and inconspicuously past the animals at a distance, do not frighten them and do not look them directly in the eye.If the animals approach you, remain calm, do not turn your back on them and leave the area without rushing, but always with a view of the animal.If the animals fall below a distance that makes you uncomfortable, call loudly, whistle or make yourself heard in another way. Watch out for threatening gestures!If sows "chatter their teeth" or bison lower their heads, they expect you to retreat. Move back!If you have a dog with you, keep it under control on a lead. If an animal attacks your dog, take it off the lead! 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 (Lambertusplatz bus stop).From Winterberg, take the S40 and S30 bus lines.More information about the bus route and times can be found

Getting there

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


Parking is available in the village:Küstelberg Straße parking lot directly at the hiking portal and on Niedersfelder Straße below the church.

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