MÜNSTERLAND/LIENEN. Galloping through the Münsterland: Last Saturday, around 55 riders discovered the horse region Münsterland for themselves. At the invitation of Münsterland e.V. and the district of Steinfurt, they rode between meadows and fields along the Lienen riding route from the small and charming town of Lienen to the tranquil district of Kattenvenne.
"The Münsterland Ride is the ideal format to make the beauty of the horse region Münsterland known beyond its borders," said Michael Kösters, head of tourism and general representative at Münsterland e.V. "More than half of the participants came from Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Hamminkeln or Willich, for example. This shows that our region is also perceived from outside as a worthwhile destination for an excursion."
The starting and finishing point of the day's route was the Hotel Restaurant & Café Waldschlößchen in Lienen. Arne Strietelmeier, mayor of the municipality of Lienen, welcomed the participants. After breakfast, they set off with friends or in small groups, choosing between a 25-kilometre or 34-kilometre circular route. The start of the day's ride led through the centre of Lienen with a pleasant alternation of clouds and sun. The subsequent sections of the trail also invited riders to ride at a faster pace. Many riders took advantage of this opportunity and rode side by side in trot and canter.
After about half of the route, a well-deserved lunch awaited the participants at the Icelandic horse stud farm Rauerborg. The rest of the route took the riders along typical Westphalian farms and the famous Münsterland park landscape with its impressive tree stands, renaturalised stream sections and species-rich hedgerows. Back at the Waldschlößchen, the participants were able to talk about the kilometres they had covered over coffee and cake.
That the ride was well received was also shown by the numerous positive feedbacks. "Some of the participants spontaneously thought about staying another night on Saturday because of the good route and also going for a ride on Sunday," said project manager Marion Pleie happily at the end of the day.