1. De Weksenboom, Sint-Anthonis
You want to go here. Because of the name and the location: at the Heksenboom you are almost in Germany. The state forests of Sint-Anthonis consist of a diverse landscape: in addition to forests, you will find heather, fields and meadows. Various paved and unpaved cycle paths run through the area, but walking is also possible; Staatsbosbeheer has set out various walking routes. Without a restaurant, such a route would not work with children. But don’t worry: you can eat and dine at farmhouse De Heksenboom. They also have a photo hunt through the nature reserve, a natural bag to take with you during your walk or bike ride, and you can play ‘Witch Tree Golf’.
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2. Cape Forests
Birds, plants, a stone table and the mysterious Doornse boulder: you will encounter it all during this beautiful walk in the Kaapse Bossen near Doorn. These forests are located in the Utrechtse Heuvelrug National Park, which stretches from Driebergen to Rhenen. On the way, your child scrambles over stones, climbs a watchtower and there is enough sand to play in. You even pass a tea house where you can refuel.
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3. Across the border
Or look across the border. Belgium also has beautiful nature spots to visit with children. In the vicinity of Antwerp, for example, or near Limburg, in Hasselt, for example. It is bursting with nature playgrounds, forests and walking routes. Watch.
4. Walking with a pram
And if you’ve already crossed the border, don’t skip the De Maten nature reserve, one of the oldest nature reserves in Flanders. The walking routes run between the moors and along ponds and are well suited for strollers with large wheels. Enjoy all the trees, the beautiful animals and with a bit of luck you will see a bittern through the viewing walls.
5. Middelpolder recreation area
Can you hear the cackling of the geese and the whistling wigeons? And who knows, you might already spot a stork. In the Middelpolder recreation area you can enjoy hiking all year round. The tour goes through the open countryside – so bring warm clothes – and the Amstel river meanders nearby. Start and end point is café-restaurant Klein Kalfje.
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