Mudflat hike

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Mudflat hike
Rescue beacon for mudflat hikers in front of Neuwerk

Under tideland means a hike in watts . To or between some of the islands there are mudflat hiking trails , some of which are also marked with bush pricks and which offer protection with rescue beacons if hikers are surprised by the tide.

Special features of mudflat hiking

The mudflats - the ocean floor that is only exposed at low tide - consists of sand and silt . This is a sandy-clayey-calcareous alluvial surface of the sea with organic admixtures. A distinction is made between sand mud flats, mixed mud flats and silt mud flats. The most suitable soil for a hike are the sand mud flats and the mixed mud flats. You don't sink too deeply here. Walking is therefore easier. Sand flats can be very hard, but mud flats are muddy . You can sink in to your knees, but in rare cases also to your hips.

Depending on the type of mudflat, people usually go barefoot in the sand mudflats and barefoot in the mud flats or with closed shoes because of the mussels that live there. In Sandwatt, walking without shoes is considered more comfortable, the feet receive a natural massage . Hiking in this wide landscape and the clean air is considered very relaxing and should promote stress relief .

A mudflat hike far away from the coast should only be undertaken by those who are not familiar with the mudflat guide, as at high tide the tidal creeks are flooded first and the way back can be cut off. Mudflat guides are informed about the daily changing tides and the changing course of the creeks and plan the hike accordingly. Another danger is sea ​​fog , which can appear suddenly and make orientation difficult or even impossible. Due to the reflection of the sunlight from the wet ground, the solar radiation is very intense in the watt, which can lead to sunburn and mild burns of the retina . Mussels can injure the feet, cold and water in the mud flats can lead to hypothermia .

As part of an organized mudflat tour, you can get information about the natural area of ​​the Wadden Sea, the creatures in the tidal flats and the effect of the tides on the Wadden Sea. Most tourist offices and nature conservation associations, such as the Wadden Sea Conservation Station, offer guided mudflat walks .

The Wadden Sea is under nature protection . This means that there are rules that prohibit entering certain areas, for example.

Well-known mudflat hiking trails

Arngast lighthouse at low tide

See also

Web links

Commons : Mudflat migration  - collection of images