Walk over the most beautiful wooden walkways in North Brabant
Walking is more popular than ever. And rightly so! You can discover so many wonderful things on foot. Thanks to our locals, we have made a list of a number of exceptional locations for you: the most beautiful wooden walkways in North Brabant. Winding through the beautiful countryside, they lead you to the most beautiful places in the region. Be inspired!
1. De Moerputten
De Moerputten natural landscape is west of 's-Hertogenbosch. It is a marsh area where they used to extract peat. The blue route - the 'Halve Zolenpad’- runs through the fens, partly via a wooden walkway. This is an exceptional way to experience the area. And if you are here anyway, take a walk over Moerputten Bridge. It is a wonderful example of industrial heritage from the 19th century. There is a floating pontoon at the foot of the bridge from where you can get a good look at the bridge’s famous side view.
2. Huis ter Heide Estate
You will find the Huis ter Heide Estate near Tilburg. It is a real hidden gem. Not only can you go for great walks here but also, depending on the season, you can spot many bird species and you could find yourself standing face to face with Highland cows. It is a wetland area, and the 250-metre wooden walkway makes sure you keep your feet dry. Enjoy the views and let the chirping birds, the sound of frogs and colourful dragonflies charm you. For the best route, follow the network of junctions. You can start your route at ’t Maoske in de Moer party centre.
The Cartierheide in Brabant’s Kempen region near Eersel and Eindhoven, is a gorgeous heathland with beautiful marshes. The idyllic Dalems Stroompje (stream) flows through the area. During this walk, you can see various animal species and you will feel like you are all alone in the world. You get a splendid view of the heathland from the wooden walkway. This walk is justifiably one of Brabant’s top 10 scenic routes! You can start your route at TerSpegelt in Eersel, which besides being a Nature Gate, it is also a lovely recreational park.
4. Strabrechtse Heide
In Heeze, close to Eindhoven, you will find another impressive heathland area: the Strabrechtse Heide, part of De Groote Heide Nature Border Park. It is a vast heathland with beautiful views and the largest fen in the Netherlands, the Beuven. Walk over the wooden walkway in the heath garden with its two islands and let the silence captivate you. This walk is also suitable for wheelchair users. You may even bump into the shepherd with his flock and his inseparable sheepdog! Start your walk at Heidecafé de Strabrechtse Heide.
You can find the Mastbos on the southern fringes of Breda. No matter in which season you visit this centuries-old forest, it is a magical sight. Surrounded by 500-year-old trees, here you can enjoy the penetrating rays of sun, falling leaves and wintery scenes in peace and quiet. There are various routes marked out, which are also highly suitable for children, such as this TOP Scenic Route and a special nature experience route where you walk over a wooden walkway and arrive at a lovely observation post.
6. De Groote Peel National Park
You will find De Groote Peel natural landscape on the border of North Brabant and Limburg, near Eindhoven. It is a paradise for nature lovers. It is a wetland marsh area where wooden walkways and log bridges are no luxury if you don’t want to get your feet wet! The area is internationally acknowledged as a wetland and is of immense importance to various species of marsh and water birds. It is a varied natural landscape with impenetrable peat bogs, open heathlands, vast plains, picturesque pools of water and fens, numerous forests and impressive sand ridges. This route starts at the outdoor centre, Buitencentrum De Pelen.
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