Paddling tour Ruhr upper reaches, ending in Sauerland
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Paddling tour - Ruhr upper reaches, ending in the Sauerland

Quiet day trip from Fröndenberg to Schwerte.

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Tour data
Distance: 17 km
Stages: 1
~ Body of water: Ruhr

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Paddling tour: Ruhr upper reaches, ending in the Sauerland

On this tour, the Ruhr, which is quite natural here, flows in beautiful river loops through a tranquil landscape between the Haarstrang in the north and the mountain ranges of the Sauerland in the south. The water and power stations, which have been supplying water to the Ruhr region since the end of the 19th century, are easy to navigate around. The current is only moderate along the entire route, the river is wide throughout and the route is therefore suitable for beginners all year round.

A good starting point for the tour is the boathouse of the Menden Canoe Club on the road bridge over the Ruhr between Fröndenberg and Menden. The riverbank is freely accessible here, but parking under the bridge on the riverbank is limited. The train station can be easily reached on foot in about 10 minutes. A transfer back to the start in Fröndenberg is easily possible with the Sauerland Express in just under 10 minutes.


  • Fröndenberg - Schwerte ... approx. 17 km
  • What should I bear in mind when paddling the Ruhr upper reaches, Sauerland finish?

    Can be paddled all year round, some riverbank access bans, a total of four weirs, which are short and fairly easy to portage, but a boat trolley is still recommended.

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