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The Beekbergerwoud was home to the last primary forest of the Netherlands, which was cut down in 1871. It was a swampy forest, growing on peat land. When the forest was cleared, the trees chopped down and burned, the peat largely removed and the soil evened out. This treatment, together with intensive agriculture, has severely damaged the natural soil, but a large part of the original seeds is still present in the deeper soil layers.
The area was donated to ‘Natuurmonumenten’ (a Dutch society for preservation of nature monuments in the Netherlands) and they started planning the restoration of the Beekbergerwoud in 1990 and nowadays an area of approximately 70 hectares has been restored and will be left to regenerate on its own.


Nowadays the 'new' Beekbergerwoud can be visited (for free). There is a loop walk of about 2,5 km’s, starting at a small parking lot. In the meantime I did this walk a couple of times and every time I return the nature has changed a little bit, which is also the intention of ‘Natuurmonumenten’. Trees become higher and there are more bushes and shrubs.

Personally I like the part with the boardwalks most; walking over crystal clear water and enjoying water life. These pools are attractive for birds as well. About halfway the loop is a kind of watchtower, which allows views over the new Dutch nature. The sandy path is crossing reed- and woodland. In a fenced part of the area are cows grazing, but I have to admit I never saw them till yet (only cow pats on the path); perhaps they hide themselves in the bushes.

(Board)walking around I still can not imagine how the former primeval forest did look like, but this piece of new nature is quite impressive and interesting. At least the landscape is completely different from others on the Veluwe and the Netherlands. Beekbergerwoud is a truly unique nature reserve.

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Especially after some rainy days the footpath can be very wet and muddy; during one of my visits (end October) I even could finish the loop and had to return. I you want to do the whole loop better wear boots or otherwise do the loop walk anti-clockwise, which means you will have to go straight forward after the first iron gate. You will be able to do the boardwalks and the watchtower.

More info
Dutch: http://www.natuurmonumenten.nl/node/1237
Dutch: http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beekbergerwoud
English: http://www.forestlandscaperestoration.org/regional-networks/europe/beekbergerwoud/

Address: Woudweg, Klarenbeek
Directions: Easily accessible by car or bike (not with public transportation).
Kanaal Zuid south till Eetcafé De Nieuwe Ruysch, turn left - cross the canal – into Woudweg, follow for about 1 km, sign ‘P’ to the car park.

Website: http://www.natuurmonumenten.nl/node/1237

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  • Updated Mar 2, 2013
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