Lochem, Gelderland, The Netherlands
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With this route you walk a long day in the forests of the De Graafschap region. You explore two contiguous estates. On the seventeenth-century estate De Velhorst you will find, in addition to forest, fields, stately avenues, farmsteads with painted shutters and wooded banks. You almost feel like one of the nobility when you walk through this quiet area or have a picnic on a bench. On the't Waliën estate you walk through coniferous and deciduous forest and past pools where salamanders, the common toad and the brown frog feel at home. Now and then you hear the rumble of a black woodpecker. The country house't Waliën, built in 1915, is located in the middle of the forest. The two estates border on the Grote Veld. This original heath area east of Zutphen was once so extensive that you could see the church towers of the surrounding villages of Lochem, Vorden and Almen. This area was reclaimed in the nineteenth century and mainly planted with larch, Douglas fir, spruce and Scots pine. Typically a forest where bundles of sun rays produce mysterious pictures. In addition to this needle cover, you also walk through small heathlands with fly pines and juniper bushes. The latter species is relatively rare and only grows on poor soil.
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