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Let's ride and explore: Wittmoor & Tangstedter Forst

After a ride to the West of Hamburg on Saturday, we found ourselves back on the sofa at night, talking about where to go to on Sunday. Like it does kinda often it ended up with "no clue, what do you think?" So we decided for a direction, North it was this time.


We opened up Komoot and started clicking and compiling our route. I knew from talking to a friend that he liked the Wittmoor and the Tangstedter Forst a lot, and as none of us had been there yet, this was going to be part of our route for sure. Added some other spots as well and ended up at around 70km.


The next day, Sunday, we got up at around 8, had breakfast and then left home.


The first part of our route led us along the Alsterwanderweg, first in the city, then slowly leaving the city behind. As it was already around 9:30/10ish the path was already quite packed with people. Runners, people walking their dogs, you name it. It was still nice, but could have been more fun with less people around (if we had only gotten up earlier).


I can't really remember where this spot actually was, but that red wall attracted me and so we had to stop for a quick photo or two.


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The first spot that we took a short break to have a snack at was the Hummelsee, located in the Hummelsbütteler Moor. We had been there a few times and this time we decided to only have a look at the Müllberg and not to go up like another time before.

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After that short stop we rode on to the Wittmoor, a really beautiful place, that I definitely want to go back to again to take more photos. Haven't taken too many this time as it was also pretty crowded, but on a Saturday and an earlier time of day it should be just awesome. What a beautiful place.

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Next up on the menu: Tangstedter Forst.


What a beautiful place as well. A huge forestal area. even if there were also many people around, it didn't feel that way as there's plenty of choices when it comes to paths. Definitely a place we NEED to go back to as well.

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We took another short snack stop at the Wilstedter See or Costa Kiesa as the locals call it. It normally is a quite crowded swimming spot, but it's closed due to the Corona pandemic. So. besides us there was just one family and an older lady who was actually going for a swim. Much respect to her as the water must have been pretty cold still.


Our ride continued on to pass through the Henstedter Moor, but before we were able to enter the Moor, we had to pass by 5-6 trucks of the local fire department. We were wondering why they were around, but nothing obvious to spot. As the firemen were just preparing to leave, we rode on. Just a few minutes later one could smell smoke and the smell of something burnt. Just a few hundred meters on we could see it, and it was saddening. Parts of the moor were totally burned. The trees still mostly looked ok, but most of the ground turned black. It was a weird thing to experience. It was sad on one hand, but visually looked interesting, so took the opportunity to snap a few frames and while doing so, talk about how that might have happened. (As I'm typing this I just found out, two teenagers tried to prepare food with a camping gas stove, it tipped over and started the fire. As the press states "However, the youths prevented worse by immediately calling the fire department themselves and, when the police and fire department arrived, ruefully reported their mishap." So, at least that. But that's definitely a reminder to all of us enjoying the outdoors to treat them with respect and take safety measures at all times.

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We rode on following along train tracks for some time on beautiful gravel, crossed another forest and passed by another small moor area before heading back into the city following the Kollauwanderweg, entering the Niendorfer Gehege and heading back home.


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As so often we didn't take much photos on the final stretch of our ride, we need to work on that, I guess. So not much to show here but if you're ever in our area, this route is definitely worth checking out. If you do so, please leave some feedback.


You'll find a link to the route on Komoot below.


- Björn





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