The leg offers an exciting switch from open landscape with great views to the deeply cut gorges of Frankweiler Bach and Baybach.
Distance 17.7 km
As a result of the demanding climbing sections at Baybachklamm, the leg is graded as difficult and demands an absolutely secure footing and no tendency to get dizzy. The gorge is impassable if there is ice and snow. It starts in the heart of Kastellaun. Through the attractive old town, the route ascends to the castle ruin where you can take a look across the town. Then the route goes to Kastellaun Lake where adventure playgrounds and benches invite you to take a rest. Shortly after this we follow Trimmbach, then hike over open ground to Uhler Kopf, which reveals fantastic open views. Shortly after we reach Deimerbachtal, passing Junkersmühle and enjoy the exciting switch from idyllic valley meadow to wood for a short time. As this passes, we arrive at Mannebach where we experience an unusual change. We then walk though pretty Mannebach where the Witch’s House invites you to take a delicious break. Over open country with great views to the Eifel volcano, we arrive at Mannebacher Zwillingsbaum, where an info board tells us that 2 scenes from the “Heimat” film epic by Edgar Reitz were filmed. There is a short section, sometimes over fields, sometimes through woods that guides us with great open views to the border of Heyweiler. At the edge of the wood, the most spectacular section of today’s leg starts: linking with the Baybachklamm Dream Loop, the path goes through quaint woods to the edge of the cliff. From the Barreterlei outcrop, we can see the day’s destination deep below in the gorge. The demanding descent to Baybach is an adventure and our adrenaline level is sure to rise again thanks to some climbing sections secured by rope. In the middle of the wild romantic gorge, we finally reach the Schmausemühle, our destination for the day.
All of the senses are brought into play here! The Mannebach Adventure Field invites us to rest a while in an idyllic environment with its exciting adventure stations. Between the lake and meadow, humming stones and wobbly posts sharpen perceptions and break up the hiking day with unexpected experiences.
The Saar-Hunsrück Climb is a natural path that is on soft forest floor, grass paths or alongside streams for 65% of its route. But this special quality can result in problems after long periods of rain, making parts of the route difficult to walk. We therefore recommend wearing sturdy shoes.
Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes
Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
Layered, moisture wicking clothing
Rucksack (with rain cover)
Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
First aid kit
Bivy / survival bag
Navigation equipment / map and compass
Emergency contact details
Tent (3- or 4-season)
Stove (including fuel and utensils)
Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
Toiletries and medication
Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut
Toiletries and medication
Sleeping bag liner
Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.