Walking along the heathlands of the Maasduinen

Bergen, Limburg, The Netherlands

Hiking route: 530081

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10.5 km
02:37 h
596 kcal
31 m


The Maasduinen National Park is a special nature reserve in the north of Limburg. Get to know the heathlands, drifting sand areas and forests on the east side of the Maas with this walk through the Maasduinen. Along the way you can relax with all that greenery around you.

Shifting sand, heathlands and forests
This entire route takes you through De Maasduinen. Here you will find river dunes that are covered with forests. This vegetation was planted to keep the drifting sand plains in this area in check. The drifting sand threatened to damage the surrounding fields and meadows. This created an elongated nature reserve with a varied and rolling landscape. This route takes you past heathlands, through wooded areas and past some fens. This way you can see with your own eyes how varied this nature reserve is.

Bleijenbeek Estate
The start and end point of the walk is at the Bleijenbeek Estate. Here you can have a nice cup of coffee before you start your tour, but you can also relax with a snack and a drink once you have already completed the walk. In any case, relaxing is no problem here. From here you can also follow cycle routes 117579 and 530079 to explore the wider area.

Vanished castles in Bleijenbeek
A stone's throw from Bleijenbeek you will find the church village of Afferden. This village is located on the right bank of the Maas and the foundations for this village were laid with the construction of Afferden Castle at the beginning of the 14th century. Nowadays there is hardly anything left of this castle. You will also find the ruins of Bleijenbeek Castle in Afferden.
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# Description Distance
Landgoed Bleijenbeek (Bleijenbeek, 5851 EE, Bergen, Limburg, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
43 (Bleijenbeek, 5851EE, Bergen, Limburg, The Netherlands) 1.25 km
44 (Paaldijk, 5856BC, Bergen, Limburg, The Netherlands) 1.86 km
45 (Paaldijk, 5856BC, Bergen, Limburg, The Netherlands) 2.04 km
63 (5851EK, Bergen, Limburg, The Netherlands) 3.37 km
Uitkijktoren De Afferdense Duinen (Uitkijktoren, Bergen, Limburg, The Netherlands) 3.88 km

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