Over the old railway to Heerde

Hiking in Epe, Gelderland, The Netherlands

Hiking route 180640

Provided by: Groots Genieten

9956 243
14.1 km
03:31 h
801 kcal
32 m
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This walk takes you from Epe to the woods and heathland of the De Dellen estate, a nature reserve of the always seemingly endless Veluwe. You also walk through the town of Heerde where you will see some characteristic monumental farms, just like in Epe.

Forest and heath alternate regularly on the De Dellen estate. Crowd heather grows mainly, but shrub and heathland are also found. In the lower parts of the estate there are fens where peat fluff, small sundews and peat rushes grow. The forest consists of a mixture of coniferous and deciduous trees. You will see old oak trees, but also pieces of forest consisting of Scots pine, larch or Douglas fir. The youngest trees are sessile oaks that were only planted in this century. This species has been reintroduced, it naturally belongs here.

The Dellen was once the land of landlords. Around 1800, former general Daendels of the Batavian republic received De Dellen on a long lease. He transformed the moors into farmland and raised sheep. Due to a lack of good manure, this farm was never a success. From 1851, Professor Buys Ballot (correct: the meteorologist and founder of the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute) continued to mine De Dellen. He planted new forests of oak, beech and spruce. The estate has been owned by the Geldersch Landschap since 1929.

During your walk you can come face to face with wild boars, red deer, badgers and pine martens. As you walk among the deciduous trees, you may hear the nuthatch or the drumming of the black woodpecker. The melodious song of the woodlark and tree pipit can sometimes be heard on the heath. Every now and then a buzzard meows as it gracefully soars through the sky.

On the estate you pass the sheepfold of a herd of Veluwe Heide sheep. This breed was almost extinct, but thanks to the Rare Pet Breeds Foundation, this sheep has been bred back to how it must have looked 100 years ago. As in the past, the grazing herd eats grass, saplings and heather shrubs, so that the heather remains intact and healthy.

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Below you will find various suggestions for breaks that you can visit during your route. These are divided into different categories, making it easy for you to choose.


# Description Distance
Parkeerplaats (Heerderweg, 8161BM, Epe, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
Schaapskooi (Schaapskooi, 8181NT, Heerde, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 8.43 km
Parkeerplaats (Heerderweg, 8161BM, Epe, Gelderland, The Netherlands) 14.10 km

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  • Epe, Gelderland
  • Heerde, Gelderland


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