Walking through the swampy Weerribben

Hiking in Steenwijkerland, Overijssel, The Netherlands

Hiking route 335788

Provided by: Groots Genieten

7721 249
18.9 km
04:44 h
1077 kcal
10 m
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In this area, lakes, channels, ponds and canals alternate with reed beds, swamp forests and quaking peat. This route takes you right through the Weerribben-Wieden National Park. Enjoy unspoilt nature here and walk along sights such as the church in Paasloo and the characteristic hedgerows in the area.

Peat extraction in the Weerribben
Did you know that the name Weerribben comes from the peat extraction that took place in this area? In places where peat was dug, barriers arose. The excavated peat was placed on the ribs because it was dry there. The original peat bog in this area has changed under the influence of man. For example, the area was drained by ditch digging.

Changing nature
In winter, the reed is cut in this area. In the spring, fresh green stems emerge and the views slowly disappear into high green walls of reed. In autumn the reed turns from green to golden brown, ready to be cut again in winter. In this way, nature changes with every season. The area has been made accessible with the construction of bridges and platforms. This way you can walk on this swampy, floating land without getting your feet wet. In short, enjoy nature without the inconveniences.

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# Description Distance
a41 (8378JJ, Steenwijkerland, Overijssel, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
a42 (8378JE, Steenwijkerland, Overijssel, The Netherlands) 0.56 km
a46 (8378EN, Steenwijkerland, Overijssel, The Netherlands) 1.23 km
a45 (Hooiweg, 8378EN, Steenwijkerland, Overijssel, The Netherlands) 1.51 km
D13 (8378EN, Steenwijkerland, Overijssel, The Netherlands) 1.95 km
d12 (8377EL, Steenwijkerland, Overijssel, The Netherlands) 3.25 km

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  • Steenwijkerland, Overijssel
  • Weststellingwerf, Friesland
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