Along the way to Rottmann, you pass through countless barns, shacks, and farmhouses like the one above… They look so… charming, I guess is the best word. Their simplicity is a big contrast to the more modern, renovated houses you will find right next to them. (April 2017).
I decided to use the one sunny day of the week to explore the countryside around Walpertskirchen (where I stay now). Given the short interval of good weather, my wanderlust was limited to taking the 9km trail recommended on the local website (“Wanderweg 6 – Nach Hörlkofen und Rottmann”). Here some memories of that hike.
The trail starts as you head down the Strogenweg. You leave the last houses in Walpertskirchen behind you and cross this bridge across the little stream named Strogen. (April 2017)
The trail passes through the farmland and you walk parallel to a smaller stream feeding the Strogen. There was no one around and only sound to be heard was that of the wind rustling through the leaves and the gurgling of the stream. Peace! (April 2017)
You continue following the stream till you reach its origin – a small pond, One of the many within a network of waterbodies fed by rainwater. (April 2017)
The ground around the pond is blooming with wildflowers – yellow dandelions, blue bugleweed, and white daisies. (April 2017)
Walking away from the pond, you pass by this perfectly shaped, majestic tree – cannot figure out what it is, but it looks so fine. There is even a log by its trunk where you can sit and have a small break! (April 2017)
Passing that tree, you follow the path through some relatively uninteresting terrain – a small cluster of houses and one factory – till you are stopped in your tracks by this brightly colored bicycle telling you where to get a haircut… Well, I might try this one out next time… (April 2017)
Along the way to Rottmann, you pass through countless barns, shacks and farmhouses like the one above… They look so… charming, I guess is the best word. Their simplicity is a big contrast to the more modern, renovated houses you will find right next to them. (April 2017).
A random shot this one in Rottmann (April 2017)
A few hundred metres away from the little settlement of Rottmann is a larger pond – another reservoir – on the edge of the small wooded area… Here too there is place to sit down and have a small picnic. (April 2017)
As you enter the coolness of the woods, light becomes scarce as you are surrounded by giant coniferous trees. Wherver light does peek through, you can see the bright green shoots. (April 2017)
As you step out of the woods, you see the small, but well-maintained chapel. There are benches there – I sat there for quite a while. As I looked around me, I asked myself if this is the reason I moved out of the city in to the countryside…. As I mentioned, I was all alone through the trail with a few cars passing by, but, by and large, it was just the wind, the water, and the trees… Nothing else to pierce the curtain of silence around me. I felt content. (April 2017).
The last kilometer or so of the trail passes through Walpertskirchen again – passing by the local fire station. (April 2017)
At last, you are greeted with the spire of St Erhard and the blue-and-white Maibaum on the central plaza of the town. With that, the trail comes to an end. (April 2017).