Posted by: brendaintheboro | June 30, 2015

Down the River Weser (part 1)

Hann Münden is a lovely old city situated at the confluence of the rivers Fulda and Weira and has lots of lovely old buildings but not picture postcard pretty

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We spent the day having a wander around, stocking up on supplies and just resting up.

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but it is in the process of being remodelled and a new bridge is being installed.  We made contact with a few other cycle tourists and a couple were using the Weser Radweg to cycle up to Munich. Apparently, the prevailing wind here is from the north West and proved to be true as we had a headwind for weeks.

On our wander around , we came across some bikes covered in knitting or crochet so of course I have to include them.

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I also couldn’t resist buying a ball of sock wool from one of the shops. Well others have vices like cigarettes or alcohol – not me – its fabric or fibre every time.

So we set off  little after 8.00am , as the campsite was locked until then. That didn’t sit well with DH as he is an early riser and likes to be on the road before traffic builds. Almost immediately, we lost the route signs and ended up on the outskirts of town in an industrial/shopping area. Fortunately, we were able to get down to the river  and from here the scenery was beautiful. However, don’t think its all downhill, it isn’t but the first climb was a bit of a surprise and was one of those short but were steep hills that leaves me needing to stop at the top. Actually, I took the opportunity to help a single lady to push her bike up.

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There are forest covered hills on both sides of the river and fields growing barley, wheat and sweetcorn. The air was sweet with the smell of drying meadow hay. There is a small village of Hemeln  which had lots of houses in the typical north German brick and wood style, a bit like Tudor houses. The lady waiting to take the ferry turned back as the ferryman told her that this side of the river is much nicer.

We carried on at Gieselwerder asked some locals as the map indicated to cross the river. They told us to go straight on which probably wasn’t correct. The heat of the day increased to in excess of 30C which is just too much for me. We stopped to sightsee in Höxter before carrying on to Holzminden.

We stayed at our cheapest campsite yet at 6E but had to pay for showers and water and we were pitched right by the side of the river on a bit of a sloping site. it wasn’t too far from the town so getting supplies was easy.

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