The beautiful valley of the Hanfcreek

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Thu, 12/26/2019 - 15:27

The Hanfcreek rises in Rhineland-Palatinate as Irmerother Creek about 270 m above sea level. NHM and gets its name after the confluence with the Mendter Creek in Buchholz-Mendt. After almost 20 km it flows into the river Sieg at a height of 66 m in Hennef and then has lost more than 200 m in height. This loss of altitude also explains its change into a raging body of water after heavy rains, when the many side streams give the stream additional strength and mass. Then his waves sound through the valley as he gradually enlarges his meanders. In such days it becomes obvious why his name has nothing to do with a suspected hemp cultivation, but rather derives from the Germanic hanan (singing, sounding) and apa (river, water): his original name is then probably hanapha (hanafa) and means then about the sounding river. Which also gave the city of Hennef its name.

But the origin of the source could have been located differently in the Middle Ages. The Druden-Born near Mendt, about 300 m from today's source, could at that time e.g. were considered to be the source of the hemp brook, because according to legend, its healing water helped a priest in Ütgenbach to recover, as he had been bewitched by a Drude after quarrels with him.

Whether legend or cadastral office - the Hanfbach valley is certainly one of the most beautiful valleys in the Hennef area. In autumn the mighty beech forests glow in splendid colors and the winding paths to the left and right of the valley lead to Krautscheid and then up to Buchholz. But not only for hikers and endurance runners, but also for cyclists, the valley offers joy of movement and training opportunities.

The videos show the Hanfbach at flood and the photos the beauty of its course in different places.

 

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Picture 1: The Hanfcreek near Röttgen

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Picture 2: Morning fog over the Hanfcrrek valley

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Picture 3: The Hanfcreek near Röttgen

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Picture 4: Fairytale Creek

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Picture 5: The moss-framed paths in the Hanfcreek valley

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Picture 6: Hollow paths in the Hanfcreek valley

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Picture 7: Fruit trees in the Hanfcreek valley

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Bild 8: Autumn paths in the Hanfcreek valley

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Picture 9: Powerful beech forests on the paths in the Hanfcreek valley

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Videos: The Hanfcreek at high water