Naturehike at Loenermark

September 06, 2021

The blooming purple heather fields season was almost over. I decided to visit the Loenermark at The Veluwe in The Netherlands to see it for the first time in my life before they weren’t blooming anymore.

I followed the fourteen-kilometer-long yellow boulder trail with the starting point at the parking lot in the forest at the Schaapskooi. This trail has a variety of scenery and different types of tracks.

Loenermark sign 1 Loenermark sign 1

Overall I was very impressed. The variety has done it for me. You hike through the forest, on the hills and the fields. Most of the time, you are on unpaved paths from small to big, which I love. I even managed to see some wild animals such as wild boars and even a woodpecker doing its thing ;)

A mature boar with small ones nearby

My first stop to hold a break and snack a bit was at a collection of trees, where I sat down on a picnic blanket at the center of the trees.

A picnic location

Other resting places were on well-located locations where there was a sitting bench.

Unfortunately, I don’t have many photos of the entire afternoon hike. It would distract me too much. I came to enjoy the peaceful trail. Great for mindfulness.

Here are some random photos that I took. Most are from the heather fields.

Loenermark random 1 Loenermark random 2
Loenermark random 3 Loenermark random 4
Loenermark random 5 Loenermark random 6

The entire yellow boulder trail took me around five hours, including the breaks in between. See the following photos for my hiking statistics. Unfortunately, I forgot to start the tracking at the beginning. So it is missing a part. I started and ended at the same place where I parked my car.

Hiking trail, forgot to start it at the beginning Cadence

I will probably return next year earlier into the blooming season.

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Written by Yee Chie Tu. "He/Him" lives in The Netherlands and has been growing and evolving ever since. Check out his Mastodon and Pixelfed profile.