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Landgoed De Moeren

  • Author: Rik

De Moeren

This gps walk starts in De Moeren. The entire estate consists of forest, heath and agricultural areas. This whole is separated by many avenues and canals, which also form the characteristic landscape. The second part leads through the De Pannenhoef nature reserve with a beautiful moorland and pine forests.

Distance: 11 km.

Time: 3h00.

Grade: Easy.

Type: Circular.

Gps Track: Yes.

Route description: No.

Wheelchair: Not suitable.

Dog: Allowed.

Height gain: Flat.

Trail: Paved and unpaved.

Marking: None.

Hiking shoes recommended.


The Pannenhoef.

Nice walk in the surroundings of the birthplace of the world-famous painter Vincent van Gogh, Zundert. The first part of the walk follows paths that are owned by Landgoed De Moeren. The estate is part of a highly differentiated landscape zone of approximately 20 kilometers long and approximately 4 kilometers wide. The entire estate consists of forest, heath and agricultural areas. This whole is separated by many avenues, canals and wooded banks, which also form the characteristic landscape. Which provides a great variety. The area is closely linked to the former peat extraction. The remains of this can still be found in the area. The peat dug in 1618 and subsequent years, still traverses the estate. Via this peat canal, peat was transported to various places such as Breda and Roosendaal, from here other goods were brought back. The second part of the walk leads through the De Pannenhoef nature reserve with a beautiful heathland landscape and pine forests. These pines are important for nightjar and tree pipit, but countless other birds are also present in the area.

De Moeren
Map & Poi's.

POI 1 - Maria Toevlucht Abbey.

The Maria Toevlucht Abbey was founded in 1900 in the then swampy area "De Moeren" halfway the road between Zundert and Rucphen. The abbey is located in a quiet outside area, surrounded by forests and nature reserves. A contemplative community of monks lives in the abbey. Their life is characterized by silence, reflection and prayer. The community is part of the Cistercian Order of Strict Observance (OSCO), also known as Trappists. The monks live as much as possible from the work of their hands. For example, they manage a guest house with the possibility for reflection and meditation, a small brewery, where the Trappist van Zundert is brewed.

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POI 2 - In den Anker.

According to tradition, it was built in 1635 by the owner of brewery "Het Ancker" in Breda. Hence the current name. Old times revive as soon as you enter "In den Anker". The taproom has remained the same as before. Such a taproom as here is nowhere to be found. Underneath a large fireplace, where a large open fire must have once burned, there is now an old pot stove. In the middle of the cafe is an old table. In short, everything from the past is still present here, even a box bed. There is an atmosphere of tranquility and geniality. You only hear people talking, the peace is not disturbed by music. For walkers, cyclists and passers-by, it is good to stay in "In den Anker".

In den Anker.

POI 3 - Foxes near the fens.

The story goes that foxes with fleas are very happy with this kind of fens. The fox then takes a twig in its mouth and runs backwards into the water. The twig remains above water. The fleas do not like the water and collect on the twig. He spits out the twig just before he goes down. In this way the fox is released from its fleas!

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POI 4 - Tea dome.

Henriette Holst regularly stayed in this tea dome. A long avenue runs from the tea dome with old beech trees on either side towards the Herenkamer. The beech avenue used to be run by servants to bring tea to the tea dome.

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POI 5 - De Moeren.

The Moeren consists of woods, meadows, fields, ponds and pools. In the forest there are meadows and fields that Natuurmonumenten manages. No artificial fertilizers and pesticides are used here. As a result of this ecological management, a range of field herbs such as lion's claw, poppy and cornflower is growing. Real cuckoo flowers and a thousand-spice herb bloom on the flowery grasslands.


POI 6 - De Pannenhoef.

Forest, fens and flowery meadows characterize the Pannenhoef. But that has not always been the case. Originally a kind of mini-peel lay here. The entire peat bog was dug away in a few centuries between 1400 and 1750. In dried form - peat - it went via peat canals to the cities, as fuel for households and breweries. The best known is the 'Turfvaart' that runs to Breda. What remained was a hilly heath with fens in the bowls. There was little to be gained there and so the area began to be turned into forest and farmland in the 19th century.

Brabants Landschap.