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Merkske Valley

  • Author: TrailExplorer

Merkske Valley

During this beautiful nature walk you hop four times across the border with the Netherlands. The route goes from Wortel Kolonie, once a colony for vagrants, to the brook valley of the Merkske along the Halsche Beemden and the Castelreesche heath.

Distance: 12 km.

Time: 3h00.

Grade: Moderate.

Type: Circular.

Gps Track: Yes.

Route description: Yes.

Wheelchair: Not suitable.

Dog: Allowed.

Height gain: Flat.

Trail: 100% unpaved.

Marking: Walking nodes.

Hiking shoes recommended.


Wortel Kolonie and the Merkske.

From the visitor center De Klapekster you walk through the wooded landscape of the Wortel Colony, with stately woodland, open fields, fens, heathland and grasslands. Pretty soon you come to the beautiful Bootjes fen. Then walk through a forest to a more open landscape with fens, heathland and grasslands in the direction of the Merkske valley. The Merkske Valley is a beautifully continuous area along the small river 'the Merkske'. You go through wet meadows, which are fed by groundwater and along the forest-guiding forests. The stream valley can sometimes be quite soggy, but a few bridges and bat paths help you to keep it dry. You then walk through the Halsche Beemden in the direction of the Castelreesche heath. The last part of the route goes through the woods of Wortel Kolonie, passing the cemetery for vagrants.

Merkske Valley

Download PDF for nodes to follow.

Water-resistant hiking shoes because some paths can be soggy.

Map & Poi's.

POI 1 - Cemetery vagrants.

This cemetery is a silent witness of the vagrants history of Wortel-Colonie. The vagrants were given a number when they arrived in the Colony. The white crosses of the vagrant cemetery contain lead plates with often only a number, not a name.

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