Let's go back to our hike on the 21st of September. This post continues right where the next-to-last one ends. After the former mill, the path went round a bend and lead us to the last of the three gorges we wanted to walk in: Enge Schlucht. The name means "Narrow Gorge", and narrow it was!
Of all the hikes we had been doing, this last part was the most challenging, and after a while, we did not meet a single soul anymore, and did not wonder why - the path was very narrow, rather slippery, sometimes steep, and at times one really had to consider every single step. It slowed us down quite a bit from our usual pace, and even though I still took pictures, I really had to be careful and focused all the time and so fell back quite a bit behind O.K. The bits of the path you see in the pictures are the best bits - I did not dare to stop for pictures on the difficult stretches.
The woods grew more and more silent around us, the water became a mere trickle until it stopped altogether. You could only hear our steps crunching on the leaves and pebbles, or squelching in the mud.
The last 2 1/2 km felt "harder" than the entire hike of the day before! But it was great, and I enjoyed every moment of it.
When we finally reached the end of the gorge and came upwards "into the light", it was almost as if we'd won something!
We walked along the sunny country lane with hardly any cars coming along until we reached the parking lot again.
And the day was not yet over, as you will see in one of my next posts.