TOP Scenic route Walk Kalmthoutse Heide

1 hour 30 minutes (6.0 km)

The Kalmthoutse Heide heath, a natural park south of Bergen op Zoom, is a park full of contrasts. You've got heathland, fens and woods, making this national park a particularly varied hiking area that many consider to be their favourite.

During this beautiful walk close to the Dutch-Belgian border, you'll be hiking along largely unpaved paths with occasional height differences. You will pass deciduous and coniferous forests, heathlands, sand drifts and dunes. During your walk, listen carefully to the sounds in the forest. There's a good chance you will hear a spotted woodpecker rap-tap-tapping on a tree. This walk is also suitable for children. It is a relatively simple round trip that starts and ends at a campsite with a pancake restaurant. A good spot to end your walk with a nice lunch.

Recommended by the forester
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The Kalmthoutse Heide heath, a natural park south of Bergen op Zoom, is a park full of contrasts. You've got heathland, fens and woods, making this national park a particularly varied hiking area that many consider to be their favourite.

During this beautiful walk close to the Dutch-Belgian border, you'll be hiking along largely unpaved paths with occasional height differences. You will pass deciduous and coniferous forests, heathlands, sand drifts and dunes. During your walk, listen carefully to the sounds in the forest. There's a good chance you will hear a spotted woodpecker rap-tap-tapping on a tree. This walk is also suitable for children. It is a relatively simple round trip that starts and ends at a campsite with a pancake restaurant. A good spot to end your walk with a nice lunch.

Recommended by the forester
This walking route was developed in cooperation with Dutch preservation organisation Natuurmonumenten. The forester recommends the walking route:

"Highly recommended because of the beautiful view of the dunes. A more active hike on the border area between the Netherlands and Belgium."

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

De Heusche Bollaert

1e Verdelingsweg 6
4645 RT Putte
47 46 42 41 25 44 46 47

De Heusche Bollaert

1e Verdelingsweg 6
4645 RT Putte

Directions

De Heusche Bollaert

1e Verdelingsweg 6
4645 RT Putte

You can park your car at pancake restaurant De Heusche Bollaert, on the grounds of Recreatiecentrum Hazeduinen.
Address:
1ste Verdelingsweg 6
​4645 RT Putte

Within the park, this route is indicated as route Mier (Ant). Follow the red signs depicting an ant.

  • Pine forest
    The Dutch side of the Kalmthoutse Heide heath especially is known for its large coniferous forests. Most forests are relatively young. In the nineteenth century many parts of the heath were sold to private individuals. Industry, which was on the rise at the time, demanded more fuel, and the coal mines that were in full operation needed struts for the mining galleries. Scots pines were planted for this purpose. 
  • Viewpoint 
    The viewpoint that you encounter on this route affords a beautiful view over the dunes. Sit on the bench and just take in your surroundings. Enjoy the (spring) sunshine and the silence. The perfect spot to take a break and have a nice picnic!

De Heusche Bollaert

1e Verdelingsweg 6
4645 RT Putte
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