Eschede: where waterfowl and carp feel at home (day tour, 36 km)
A cycle tour through the picturesque pond landscape of Aschauteiche and through the expansive woodlands of Suedheide nature park.
Information boards along the way point out the special features of the surrounding area. The nature park information centre at Eschede railway station is open every day.
Tip: You can also arrive by Metronom pubic transport from the direction of Hanover or Lueneburg and bring your bicycle with you.
Ponds for flora and fauna
The ponds of Aschau and Lohe provide the basis for an extensive fish-pond cultivation and the animals and plants that live in and around the ponds find ideal conditions in which to thrive.
Fish-pond cultivation on the former sewage meadows and fish ponds of Aschau began at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. Additional ponds were created in the woodland area, which is now home to a thriving economic enterprise. Pike, tench, carp and ide mature to edible fish and stock fish within three years.
Other animals apart from breeding fish also find an ideal habitat here. Freshwater mussels, stickleback, bitterling and roach feel at home in the pond waters.
Of course, it didn’t take long for aquatic birds to arrive. Rare birds such as the grey heron and silver heron, black storks and kingfishers as well as sea eagles have discovered the rich fish stocks and help themselves.
In winter, some of the water is drained from the ponds to reveal long-submerged tree stumps.
Two large ponds with water lilies and spatterdocks are located to the left, just behind the car park. They create a colourful carpet that covers the ponds in May and June. Iris and water-dragon line the banks of the ponds.
Tour length: 36 km
paved hiking and cycle paths,
asphalted agricultural tracks and cycle paths, some sections
on loose forest tracks with sandy patches
The pictogram shown here lines the entire day route for the cycle tour.
Directions to the Aschauteiche car park
The Aschauteiche car park is situated directly on the B 191 between Eschede and Weyhausen; turn left after approx. 2.5 km at Aschauteiche.
Coordinates: N 52° 45.08582', E 010° 15.93434'
Recommended bicycles: mountain bikes, touring / trekking bikes
Tourist Information Gemeinde Suedheide
Am Markt 3, 29320 Suedheide
Tel. 05052 6574
The bicycle tour of Suedheide nature park has two starting points: Eschede train station and the car park at Aschauteiche.
Starting from Eschede station, the tour takes you through Eschede and on into Aschau valley. An information board at Aschauteiche car park provides details of the tour and the pond landscape as a natural habitat. Unobstructed views of some of the pond landscape await those who climb onto the viewing platform.
Having passed through the small resort of Dalle, the tour leads through Luensholz forest, past the Tielemann oak tree to the car park at Luesswald. This is where the Forest Adventure Trail starts.
As you cycle through Unterluess, you have the option to visit the Albert Koenig Museum . The museum often holds changing exhibitions in addition to displaying paintings by the artist Albert Koenig. A permanent exhibition provides detailed information about the mineral resource diatomite.
The tour continues through the forest and past the youth hostel Siedenholz, through Franzosengrund and on to the L 281 towards Starkshorn.
From there, the trail takes you back to Eschede train station and the nature park information centre.