Hiking in the buff in western Westphalia – Archive photo 2019

While trying out a nude hiking route of the WNT, which has been modified with new sections, I passed a parking lot, which is situated at a barbecue area and a children's playground with sandbox and swings. A few cars parked there - among them a vehicle of the Coesfeld 'Ordnungsamt'. Two employees apparently took care that because of COVID-19 people do not form groups.

"Stop, what are you doing?", one of the gentlemen said to me. "I'm caring, to keep me in good health status: Therefore, I'm hiking", I replied. "But not like that. That is not allowed", he replied.

"Yes, it is. I've been doing this for many years. In October 2018, the daily newspaper 'Westfälische Nachrichten' interviewed a spokesman for the police in Münster (Westf.) and a department head of the citizens' office in Senden about this", I explained.

During the conversation, I fetched a small folded printout of the WN article "Naturism in 'Venner Moor' - nude hiking is not a nuisance"" from the linen bag, which I had brought with me, and offered it to the gentlemen at a COVID-19-compliant distance for reading.

One of the gentlemen of the 'Ordnungsamt' took the expression, folded it up, and both read the article.

"We didn't know that. Please excuse the interruption. We wish you a nice hike", was their reaction, returned the printout neatly folded up. My hike was saved!

Hint: Maybe, it can also help you, if you have a printout of the WN article with you, when you are nude in Germany! Link to the article (PDF).

 – Report and archive photo: Rainer

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