TOP Scenic route Walk Cartierheide

1 hour 30 minutes (6.5 km)

Discover the wild heathland of the beautiful Cartierheide in the middle of hiking paradise De Kempen. For a long time this area was populated by shepherds and smallholders. Hawkers would walk the dirt roads with baskets of merchandise on their backs. It's an area full of history; Napoleon left his mark, and did you know that the woods were smugglers' territory?

The Cartierheide heath is part of the De Kempen natural park and is located near the village of Eersel. It is a quiet walking route through forest, along heathland and past lakes. The idyllic stream Dalems Stroompje flows through the area. You'll find marshy heaths and the unique plantlife that these support, such as round-leaved sundew and the marsh gentian.

“If you are very quiet, you might spot a deer.”

During this…

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Discover the wild heathland of the beautiful Cartierheide in the middle of hiking paradise De Kempen. For a long time this area was populated by shepherds and smallholders. Hawkers would walk the dirt roads with baskets of merchandise on their backs. It's an area full of history; Napoleon left his mark, and did you know that the woods were smugglers' territory?

The Cartierheide heath is part of the De Kempen natural park and is located near the village of Eersel. It is a quiet walking route through forest, along heathland and past lakes. The idyllic stream Dalems Stroompje flows through the area. You'll find marshy heaths and the unique plantlife that these support, such as round-leaved sundew and the marsh gentian.

“If you are very quiet, you might spot a deer.”

During this walk you can spot all kinds of animals. We recommend a walk in the twilight, when you have the best chance of meeting roe deer. On the heath you might encounter the smooth snake, the viviparous lizard and the slowworm. Have you spotted one? Don’t worry, they aren’t poisonous! This area also boasts moor frogs.

Tip: are you a horse lover? With this beautiful horse riding route you can discover the Cartierheide from a different point of view!

Recommended by the forester
This walking route was developed in cooperation with Dutch forestry organisation Staatsbosbeheer. Erik Schram, forester in the De Kempen region, recommends the walking route:

"A beautiful heathland walk across the Cartierheide, along fens and over a wooden walkway."

How does the walking route work?
The walking route is clearly signposted with the intersection numbers and arrows showing you the way.

Panel with map
The intersection network is a network of beautiful and clearly signposted walking paths throughout North Brabant. You can walk from one numbered intersection to the next. At almost each intersection you find a panel with a map of the roads and routes in the area. Getting lost is a thing of the past. Go on foot and discover our beautiful province!

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Sights on this route

Natuurpoort TerSpegelt

Postelseweg 88
5521 RD Eersel
32 62 61

Cartierheide

Postelseweg 0
5521 RD Eersel
60 31

Natuurpoort TerSpegelt

Postelseweg 88
5521 RD Eersel

Directions

Natuurpoort TerSpegelt

Postelseweg 88
5521 RD Eersel

You can park your car on the Natuurpoort TerSpegelt car park. 
Address:
Postelseweg 88 
5521 RD Eersel

  • Cartierheide wildlife
    You can encounter different kinds of wildlife on the Cartierheide heath. During twilight you may encounter a roe deer but there are also many bird species.
  • Wooden walkway Cartierheide
    During your hike you'll come across a lovely wooden walkway. This walkway will allow you to cross straight over the heath.

Natuurpoort TerSpegelt

Postelseweg 88
5521 RD Eersel
32
62
61
60
31