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  • Author: TrailExplorer


Walk in the Deelerwoud nature reserve through the Grote Heide, Kleine Heide and mixed forests. The rolling landscape, heathland as far as you can see and also a lot of chance to spot wild animals make this route highly recommended.

Distance: 12 km.

Time: 3h00.

Grade: Moderate.

Type: Circular.

Gps Track: Yes.

Route description: Yes.

Wheelchair: Not suitable.

Dog: Allowed.

Height gain: 113 meters.

Trail: 100% unpaved.

Marking: Green + Red.

Hiking shoes recommended.


Grote Heide and Kleine Heide.

You leave from the car park on a wide dirt road to the edge of the Grote Heide. The vastness of this area is immediately striking. If possible, the Kleine Heide is even bigger and with a bit of luck you will see Scottish Highlanders on the way who keep the heath bare. You go around the Kleine Heide, and then walk back along the edge of the forest towards the Grote Heide. Especially at this edge of the forest it is important to look around carefully. This is a resting area for wild animals and many people spot deer here. The second part then goes through dense mixed forests and an old sand drift back to the starting point.


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Bring binoculars.

Map & Poi's.

POI 1 - Deelerwoud.

In the Deelerwoud you will find everything that makes the Veluwe attractive: vast forests and endless heaths in a rolling landscape. The Deelerwoud is much quieter than, for example, the Hoge Veluwe or Veluwezoom, so there is a very good chance that you will see wild boar, fallow deer and red deer. can spot. The Deelerwoud was once a shifting sand area. In 1841 Baron Van Heeckeren-Van Enghuizen bought the site. He planted it with Scots pine and pedunculate oak and put a fence around it. The forest changed hands a few times until it came up for sale in 1966. The asking price of 8 million guilders could not be met. Shortly afterwards, another 200 hectares of the Deelerheide were put up for sale in various lots. The whole area was threatened by fragmentation and construction activities. Shocked, the state and province came across the bridge with subsidies. Through the 'Preserve the Deelerwoud' campaign, Natuurmonumenten was able to collect the rest of the purchase amount required for the nature reserve. She secured the Deelerwoud and made it accessible to the public again after more than a century.