This area between Gasmert and Niederholte (which all belong to Herscheid) is popular for walking and hiking. It is situated above the Versetalsperre, so on certain stretches you get some nice views of the lake. Versetal lake is a drinking water reservoir. Some Gasmert paths are also very popular for dog walks. There are a few benches around if you plan to take a picnic.
The town of Plettenberg which is not far from Herscheid is an industrial town. Already in the 1880 the instrustrialists thought of building a dam in order to produce electricity. The construction was started on 23rd March 1903 but the first 2 construction companies quickly gave up. Finally, a third managed to finish the project on 31st July 1907. There were always 120-150 brick layers plus 500 helpers from Italy and Croatia working.
You can walk across the dam and on the foresty side there are walking/hiking paths. When we were there the lake was very full that's why water was cascading down. It's rarely like this.
Danklin is one further hamlet that belongs to the Herscheid community. They have even organised their own bus twice a day. It is a pleasant around 6 km walk from Herscheid via Elsen to Danklin and back to Herscheid. There are some nice views along the way over Sauerland hills.
Elsen is also part of the Herscheid community but you will travel through the countryside to get there. Actually, if you like walking you can walk there along the road. If you don't do it during rush hour, it's quite pleasant.
This dam holds back the rivers Fürwigge and Verse. It was built in 1902 till 1904. Currently there is no water there due to repairs of the 166 m long and 4 m thick dam. It will be empty until at least 2007. It's a drinking water reservoir.
Best reached by car or if you are fit by bicycle.
The Versetal dam is very popular with the locals as there is a paved road along one side which is closed to traffic. People walk, jog, rollerblade or bike along.
Fields & Forest
He he, this all place is Off The Beaten Path, anyhow, walking around, walk also to the outskirts of this place, see the fields, forest & farms on the hills around.