The small principality of Luxembourg
was next and the first stop was Echernach to replenish the food supplies.
We then headed to Berdorf and the sandstone crags near there. We arrived
late afternoon and armed with the guide book, went for a walk around the
forest. The area was beautiful, the forests were almost silent except
for the gentle rustle of tree tops moving in the breeze and there were
30m high hard sandstone cliffs nestling within. There were lots of paths
down and around the cliffs, some cliffs you could walk around completely.
All were well signed with where you were and were not allowed to climb
and fitted with shiny new bolts and lower offs. There were a few groups
around climbing and we left them to it whilst we went and located a camping
spot as the temperature dropped. We found a spot away from the roads near
a radio mast and were left in peace by the workers that arrived in the
We returned to the crag and braved the cold of the morning, at lunch time
we headed up to the top to warm in the sunshine. The crag was definitely
busier in the afternoon when the sun moved round and the temperature rose.
The climbing was great and there were some superb routes through roofs
and up honeycombed rock. Some of them even included the traditional rounded
We decided to splash out on a campsite that evening and enjoyed long hot
showers before dinner, unfortunately, the hair dryers weren’t working
though, never mind.
Friday and Germany was calling us.