Stadskanaal - Groningen - The Netherlands
Hiking route 547680
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Smeerling is a picturesque hamlet in the Westerwolde region of Groningen. You can take a beautiful walk through the old Metbroekbos. And view some authentic regional farms.
The route starts at Gasterij Natuur Smeerling, which is located in a restored Westerwold farm. You can have a nice drink here and enjoy a lunch composed of traditional regional products. At the same time, you also immediately experience a unique piece of Groningen's cultural history. A nice start to your walk! A number of these beautiful monumental farms from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries are situated around the gasterij. Together they form the protected townscape of Smeerling.
From Gasterij Natuur Smeerling you can walk straight into the valley of the Ruiten Aa, one of the most beautiful stream valleys in the Netherlands. You see ash trees where Natuurmonumenten grows oats and rye, and the beautiful cornflower grows between the grain. In the Metbroekbos you walk between oak and beech. From the forest you walk along the sloping Eemboersveld where willows and black alders grow. It is still really quiet here, an unprecedented luxury.
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.