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Walking Wednesday: 15 km @ Sallandse Heuvelrug National Park

Click here to go to the Dutch version of this post!

Today we’re introducing our Walking Wednesdays. We love walking (or hiking, sounds way more adventurous, don’t you think?) and when we are not away traveling and/or working, we always try to go for a hike at least once during the weekend. We are lucky to live in one of the greenest areas of The Netherlands, with 2 national parks right in our backyard and various other natural places close by. So plenty of hikes to go on!

Last Sunday (08FEB) we ventured out a little bit further and took a one hour drive to Sallandse Heuvelrug National Park, north from where we live. We’ve been here various times before, but the last time was already about 1.5 years ago so we figured it was about time to head out there again. The Sallandse Heuvelrug was formed during one the latest glaciations and consists of a ridge very characteristic for the area. A large part of the national park is covered by heathlands but there are also quite some forests and meadows.

Although the weather promised to be quite sunny the day before, we started off hiking in a slight drizzle. After about 2 hours into our hike, it got dry and the sun started to appear. For a short time only, so we took advantage of it and had our lunch break on a bench in the sunshine.

For this hike, we mostly followed the purple route from the main visitors center, later followed by the yellow route. In total, we hiked just over 15 kilometers, which took us a little more than 3 hours.

For more information about Sallandse Heuvelrug National Park, go to their website (in Dutch).

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And yes, we do realize sunny pictures look better but you can’t guarantee the weather and even though the pics aren’t the best, we still wanted to kick off this series, despite the darkness).

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See you next week and thanks for sharing!


Anto is a 30-something outdoor fan who travels the world about 100 days a year, combined with a full-time office job. She loves to go hiking, enjoys a good class of wine and can usually be found with an iPhone in her hand. Favorite destinations: New Zealand, Patagonia, Austria and Alaska.


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