Walking through the Veluwe with Jacobus Craandijk
23.62 km (Approximately 05:54 u)
An endless day in nature Forest, forest and more forest - and of course heath: that's what the Veluwe offers you. During this route you mainly walk through the Leuvenumse Bos. This varied forest consists of deciduous and coniferous trees and is intersected by the Leuvenumsche Beek. There are many wild animals, such as boars, badgers and red deer. Dead wood is allowed to remain, so that the forest provides sufficient food for insects - and therefore for birds. Here you walk through the green wilderness of the Netherlands. During your walk you will visit the old hamlets of Leuvenum and Staverden. There is a castle in both hamlets, although you have to make a small detour in Leuvenum to see the stately building. Staverden received city rights at the end of the thirteenth century and is therefore one of the smallest cities in the world. Just before Ermelo you walk over the vast Ermelose Heide. Nowadays mainly Veluwe heath sheep march here, but once there was a marching camp that could accommodate about 5000 Roman legionaries. The route leads you along the markings of the partly restored Roman ramparts. The route starts in Hierden and ends at Ermelo Station.
|# ||Description ||Distance |
| ||Wijtgraaf, 3849PN, Harderwijk, Gelderland, The Netherlands ||0.00 km |
| ||Landgoed Staverden (Kasteel Staverden, 3852NV, Ermelo, Gelderland, The Netherlands) ||11.61 km |
| ||Romeins Marskamp (Flevoweg, 3852PC, Ermelo, Gelderland, The Netherlands) ||15.47 km |
| ||ermelo (Ermelo, 3851JA, Ermelo, Gelderland, The Netherlands) ||23.62 km |
The first castle on this site was built around the year 1300 by Count Reinald I of Gelre. He wanted to develop the estate and the area around it into a city, but that did not work for a long time. In 2012, Staverden was eventually named the smallest city in the Benelux with just over 50 inhabitants. The current castle dates partly from 1853 and partly from 1905. It is built on the foundations of the previous castle from the 18th century. In total there have been four different castles on this place. It is not possible to view the castle from the inside, but the estate itself is freely accessible to stroll over.