Niedermohr, the village we stayed in, I found fascinating and found out what all I could. The whole area is very low-lying and is obviously drained water meadows with thick black soil. Yet at the top od the hills, the land is red, like in Devon, and I found they think it is full of sand, copper and iron.
The houses I soon noticed had their cellar windows above ground and asked the Landlady if this was right. She said the area is prone to flooding and where they are converting an old house, the earth cellar is constantly wet and they have to lag it.
She herself offered the idea that this area is without culture. They local population was wiped out by every plague that has swept Europe, with only a resurgence in the 16/17th century before another bout of illness. It’s not surprising with the low lying, swampy nature of the land. There was a couple of battles there in the 18th century and a couple of castles still survive. Farming is decline apart from growing Maize for heating fuel. So how do you attract people to an area where there is no culture? Is this an attraction in itself? The village looked just like a commuter belt place, no shop, just the station and many old farmhouses either abandoned or converted into flats. Most of the income in the area is generated by working for or coming from the USA airbase.There is the attraction of miles and miles of unlimited riding or walking. But this would have to be marketed, with maybe a marked path such as the Niedermohr route if you see what I mean. The couple who run the Guest house where we stayed have just built extra flats, and maybe they can bring the riders in if they create a riding centre – but the buildings at the Riding school require a bit of investment to get up to licensed standard, at the moment it’s just half livery,maybe if someone needs to invest in a whole new centre! Yet I feel they are on the right way, maybe Niedermohr will just have a horsey culture of its own!
Maybe you could visit to for a ride!