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Swolgender Heath

Swolgender heath

Walking tour through the Aastbroek and Broekhuizerweerd, over the Swolgender heath and through the Schuitwater. Aastbroek is a nature reserve that consists of small meadows. Broekhuizerweerd arose after clay extraction for the raising of the quays, this has given the Maas more control over this area and in a few years a special piece of river nature has emerged. The Swolgender heathland is a mix of forest and heathland with a striking transition to an old Maas meander the Schuitwater an area that consists of marsh and open water.

Distance: 14 km.

Time: 3h30.

Grade: Moderate.

Type: Circular.

Gps Track: Yes.

Route description: Yes.

Wheelchair: Not suitable.

Dog: Allowed.

Height gain: No info.

Trail: 78% unpaved.

Marking: See PDF route description.

Hiking shoes recommended.


The Schuitwater.

The name Schuitwater is derived from barges that were used to transport peat. Lottum is best known for its rose cultivation. More than 70 percent of rose cultivation in the Netherlands comes from Lottum, which amounts to 20 million roses. As a result, Lottum is also called the "Rose Village of the Netherlands". As a place of interest one passes by castle De Borggraaf, the castle is more a country house with a forecourt and surrounding front buildings.

Swolgender heath

Download PDf for route description.

Map & Poi's.

POI 1 - De Borggraaf Castle.

De Borggraaf is a beautiful and small castle in Lottum. It has four wings and some outbuildings, including a beautiful gatehouse and front castle. The buildings are built around a courtyard. The castle was built around 1550. The square tower on the northeast corner was only added during the thorough restoration in 1926.

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POI 2 - The Schuitwater.

The Schuitwater is a nature reserve that has gained fame in recent years thanks to its special inhabitants: a beaver family. The Schuitwater is an interesting area for walkers due to the alternation of wet and cork-dry soils. The alder forest is very primitive.

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