The route is shaded except for short sections and is pleasant to walk in summer. In winter, a section of about 1000 meters is exposed to the wind without protection.
Fish Heron: The Heron or Grey Heron (Ardea cenerea) is frequently seen in Germany. With a size of about 90 cm, a wingspan of up to 170 cm and a weight of up to 2 kg, it is one of the most impressive of the large birds living in Germany. When it flies, its loud call “kraik” can be heard well. Grey Herons rarely breed individually, they are mainly colony breeders. Herons like to use the same breeding places over and over again, there are colonies that are over 100 years old. They especially like to feed on fish, but do not spurn mice and other small animals (insects). A heron needs about 500 g of food per day, a large colony of herons is therefore rightly feared by fish breeders.
At the end of March the females lay three to five eggs. After about 26 days the young hatch, they stay in the nest for six to seven weeks.
Schwaghof legend: Old stories are spun around the old Schwaghof and the Schwaghofbach Valley. It is said that the wife of Meyers zu Schwabedissen once lived here and killed her brother-in-law. She is said to have sunk her body in one of the Schwaghof ponds. At a court hearing (which actually took place) she was acquitted and died shortly afterwards. And since then she is said to have been condemned on stormy nights to scoop out the ponds with a jug without bottom as atonement for her deed. She is driven by a rider on a white horse, the “old Hans von Seligenwörden”, it is said. Her moaning and groaning is said to have even kept wood thieves away from this area.