Monday 26th August 2013
It was our last day walking in Austria for this holiday. So we took advantage of making one last use of our travel cards. I had thought we could have copied the walk we did last year from the top of Resterhohe to Aschau. But as we left the Hotel Edelweiss it was a little overcast. We took the bus up to the mittelstation cable car station on the Resterkogel. It was a little misty when we jumped onto the cable car, which as we rode up the mist cleared a little. Then came back down as we rode higher, there was no point in getting off the cable car as it was raining quite heavy when we reached the top. So we stayed in the car and traveled back down. Due to the weather this meant a change in plan. On the way down we could hear the cow bells and as we passed through little gaps in the clouds we could see them herding together at the base of one of the towers.
Once at the mittelstation, where we started as it was raining we decided put on our water proof trousers and jackets. When we were ready we set off east, past the Hotel Breitmoos, it took us a little time to find the footpath that led North.
The ground was soaking as we walked through the trees to join route 71 north to Pass Thurn. It was a little climb. As we arrived at Pass Thurn we passed an old woman sitting in a tracker waiting to drop off some milk churns. Still must be working in the family business.
We continued north wards following by the road for approx 1 km. We were now on the route we had walked last year, suggested by Klaus. It was an interesting walk as in part we were now walking north on the Romerweg. The Romerweg ran the length of the valley and was the route the Roman's would have travelled.
After approx 1 km we crossed the busy main road and head down a forest track. Sign posted Romerweg. The rain eased a little as we walked north through the forest.
We passed shrines and carved water troughs.
We had a steep climb up the track to cross the main road again at Jochbergwald. Where there is a small church and cafe. Jochbergwald was where I started my epic walk up the Kleiner Rettenstein a few days earlier. I don't think I would have gone as far that day if the weather had been as it was today.
We took a few minutes out of the rain to have a cup of coffee and dry out a little. A gang of local forestry workers were doing the same. Keeping out of the rain.
After our coffee we set off again and continued north. along more forest tracks.
Along here we passed a small rifle range.
Although called the Pass-Thurn-Weg, signs still showed as the Romerweg.
Approx 2 km north of Jochbergwald we arrived on the track below Alte Wacht, which was where we started the walk a few days earlier up to the Sintersbach Wasserfall. It would have looked good today due to the amount of rain that had fallen.
Jochberg is approx another 2 1/2 km further north passed Alte Wacht. Along here we passed a place where archery must have been the sport as we could see archery targets. The big round straw targets, along with cut out deer and stag targets.
At Jochberg it decided to stop raining and so we took off our waterproofs. The sun also decided to come out a little as well.
We had walked this route a few times as it was one of the main routes south from Kitzbuhel. It took us through Aurach and then to the Hotel Edelweiss.
We had covered approx 16 km a nice walk on our last day.
More to follow
Details correct at time of writing.
Follow link to previous walk Kitzbuhel to Oberndorf
Follow link to another walk from Pass Thurn to Kitzbuhel 2012