I know I pamper (or annoy) you with a speedy update on our Rhenish Hessian walks, but nevertheless: The third of those four newly marked hilly hiking trails in the hinterland of my town Mainz got explored by us yesterday.
It's named "Heathland View", and the name is justified, as on top of the hill which the trail surrounds there is a scenery of dry and meager soil with heath and birches, herbs and special wild flowers. The whole area is protected and maintained as a natural reserve by the European Union (and local authorities as well of course). Adjacent there are vineyards and valleys with creeks, ponds and lush woods.
After a stop at Ajax Tower (where an unfulfilled love story is said to have happened many decades ago, uhh) the trail of "Heathland view" touches the other trail of "Acorn Hill" (which I've walked a week ago) in one spot: the medieval town of Neu-Bamberg with its ruined castle and a little white church in its walls.
Highlight of the trail of course is a makeshift open air wine tavern on top of the hill with a GORGEOUS view towards the north. Quite a lot of people were on the move to go there and enjoy a glass of wine (or grape juice in case you'd have to drive later on, sigh!!) and a buttery pretzel.
I'll be glad if you enjoy the following pics without many unnecessary (as I think) explanations.
This is the trail of "Heathland View", advertised as "Heathern dream between rocks and wine".
Characteristic of this area are those traditional walls of loose stones which provide home for lizards and other small animals.
Natural reserve which mingles with wineyards.
Ajax Tower (without any apparent use today; you even can't climb on top of it).
Horse farm down the valley.
Artificial accomodation for insects.
Natural flat of two beetles.
And a little shower:
With the sun back: medieval castle and church of Neu-Bamberg.
Little pond for fishing in the bottom of the valley.
Sculpture nearby. Don't ask me what story is behind it. Obviously a lot of frogs around there.
Rowan berries for the birds in looming winter times.
Eagle Memorial for the victims of WWI on top of the hill amid the - here it comes! - heather:
Heath with birches - usually you find those sceneries further north.
Moreover Viper's Bugloss (and many other wild flowers and herbs) along the way.
And now the grapes!
Invitation to the open air tavern on top of the hill.
Sit down, relax, enjoy wine and view.
Unfortunately, eventually you have to descend back to daily life...