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De Negen Dreven

Velder estate

Walking tour through the Velder estate, Heerenbeek estate and the Mortelen. These areas are located in the heart of the Groene Woud National Landscape.

Distance: 23 km.

Time: 5h00.

Grade: Difficult.

Type: Circular.

Gps Track: Yes.

Route description: Yes.

Wheelchair: Not suitable.

Dog: Alternative route provided.

Height gain: No info.

Trail: 79% unpaved.

Marking: See PDF route description.

Hiking shoes recommended.


Red deer in The Mortelen.

The Velder estate is a moist, old deciduous forest with also areas of mixed forest. This forest was created around 1750 and is the oldest of its kind in the Meierij of 's-Hertogenbosch. It is a starry forest, containing nine avenues that meet at a central point "De Negen Dreven". The Heerenbeek estate is a contiguous, old forest area, three quarters of the area consists of moist deciduous forest. Mostly poplars have been planted here. De Mortelen consists of an alternation of agricultural land and small forest plots. In 2017, Brabants Landschap, together with ARK Natuurontwikkeling, returned the red deer to Het Groene Woud. The animals live in the Scheeken and Mortelen areas, on both sides of the A2. In 2020, the habitat in the Mortelen was expanded, the walk goes through this part of the habitat and with a bit of luck you will see the red deer. The habitat of the red deer is prohibited for dogs. For hikers who bring their dogs, an alternative route has been added to both the directions and the maps. Following this alternative route makes the walk approximately one kilometer longer.

Negen Dreven walk

Download PDF for route description and map.

You may be able to spot red deer in the Mortelen.

Map & Poi's.