Postcards from the Edge – A Walk around the Hallig
Posted on August 12, 2015
Today Suzi and I went for a walk. Just a walk, as we do every day.
The route, about half a mile long, leads directly from our Warft to the water’s edge. We walked down this road,
talked briefly with some cows,
then turned right along the summer dike. This is not a dike that would protect the Hallig from serious flooding, but it does protect it from high tides and minor storms.
As always, we enjoyed the vast meadows, profusion of colorful flowers, and views over the ocean … a bucolic landscape which never ceases to have a profound effect on us.
Southwest of us lies the island of Pellworm. We can see the ruins of the Old Church, collapsed a long time ago but left standing. A great landmark and point of orientation. The beam of the nearby Pellworm lighthouse is visible at night from our windows.
There was a meeting of oyster catchers in progress
but they were annoyed at our intrusion and left in a huff.
This is one of the eight official swimming areas with steps leading into the water.
On the other hand, ducks have no official swimming areas they need to adhere to.
There are no native bees on the Hallig, but beekeepers from the mainland put up their boxes here to let the bees live among wonderful flower meadows for the summer.
We had walked longer than we had intended to when we passed below our favorite restaurant, located on Lorenzwarft, and stopped for lunch.
We ate here twice last year and were delighted when the server recognized us. He took this picture of Suzi and me.
We had an idea: why not continue walking all the way around the Hallig? The good lunch and rest had given us renewed energy, and we were willing to tackle the 12 km, or about 8 miles, it takes to go all the way around. Onward! Even an occasional obstacle didn’t deter us.
We passed the Pohnswarft, which is no longer. It drowned in a tremendous storm in 1825 and has never been rebuilt.
Soon we neared the northwestern corner of the Hallig with the lovely Westerwarft. It has four charming buildings, all with thatched roofs and beautiful, colorful gardens.
Now we walked along the north shore
and came to the small harbor. Besides various sailboats we saw Hooge’s last shrimp trawler anchored there, too.
A little rest was in order.
We weren’t far from the ferry landing. The Adler-Express was tied up there at the moment (a week later it got stuck on a sandbank and was badly damaged).
This oyster catcher chose an unusual place for a nest.
Now for the home stretch. We still had two to three miles to go along the western edge.
A young oyster catcher greeted us.
“Comfort Stations” were very conveniently located for the needy hikers.
They are trailers, absolutely clean, sweet smelling, and a joy to use. This one is located at Land’s End, the eastern terminus of the one and only road which starts at Westerwarft. It is also a half mile from our Ockenswarft, and the place where we started our 8 mile walk many hours before.
And now it was time to go home and rest our feet.
Celebrating the end of a lovely day.