On your way from Groß Reken to Maria Veen, you will first reach the forest chapel. The former hermitage in a small forest clearing is freely accessible during the day. The next destination of your journey is the district of Maria Veen. Like no other place in the area, Maria Veen's history and present are determined by social efforts to help weaker groups in our society. Today, state-of-the-art social institutions such as the "Haus Maria Veen" for homeless people, the "Benediktushof" as a residential and work facility for handicapped youths and adults and the "Westphalian School for the Physically Handicapped" have become trend-setting. The grounds of the mission house of the Mariannhill missionaries now house a private grammar school.
By the way: the unique wild horses in the Merfelder Bruch graze nearby. Two of the most beautiful juniper-covered dry heath areas, where plants that have become rare such as bell heather and broom heather grow, have been under nature conservation for a long time. You will see the extensive woodlands of the Hohe Mark in front of you. At Reken station, the trail takes you past the "largest refrigerator in Europe" (iglo factory). The station building, which is well worth seeing, is a listed building and today houses a restaurant.
Tip: It is worth taking a short detour to Hülsten. On the "Radberg" to the south-east of Hülsten, there are still visible traces of burial mounds from the Bronze Age to the early Iron Age.