Hiking at Kootwijkerzand - Hinking in the Netherlands, Kootwijkerzand | ellesvandenbroek

Hiking at Kootwijkerzand - Hinking in the Netherlands, Kootwijkerzand

Netherlands - Gelderland - Kootwijk - Kootwijkerzand

a beautiful nature reserve!


A wonderful place to walk, play, scrambling and enjoy.

In Gelderland is the village of Kootwijk where you can find a beautiful nature reserve, Kootwijkerzand. From different parking spaces you can start with walks of different distances. Of course you can also choose to just wander around!

On this page you will find practical information about the place where I went to walk. Please take into account the Corona measures. In this nature reserve you can keep your distance, but find another place if you notice that it is very busy.


These are typical views during a walk at Kootwijkerzand. I left from the lookout tower (which at the moment could not be climbed due to the one and a half meter rule related to Corona)

Several walks start from the parking lot. I made my walk mainly to make some nice pictures again in the dusty sand area near Kootwijk.

In this blog I show some photos I have taken, just to highlight this beautiful area, and to let everyone enjoy the details of spring!


The coarse-pine runs out and begins to form the fruits.

The Grove DenPinus sylvestrisis a species of pine family Pinaceae. The coarse-pine is also called “pine”. If the pine is sown in a natural way, it is also called flying.

By the way, did you know that pine nuts from the wrong pine can cause taste change and you can keep a bitter taste for weeks?


So great in spring, the light green lots of spruce!

The pine sprucePicea abiesalso comes from the pine family (Pinaceae). This one comes from Northern and Central Europe. Pinewood is the wood that comes from the fine spruce, and it can grow up to 50 meters high.


Here and there the sandy soil holds some nutrients, and pioneering vegetation is created (plants that settle first in an area) Small zuringplants color the soil red, mosses and lichens give the yellow color. Also a few small grasses can soon settle here.

SorrelRumexis a perennial herbaceous plant and belongs to the knotweed familyPolygonaceae. Sorrel grows all over, but originally occurs in the northern hemisphere in the temperate climates.

Sorrel usually grows on acidic soil. Some species, such as the field sorrel, have edible leaves.


I find a beautiful picture myself, but look at the drought cracks, already in May (2020)!!!

The yellow lichens are a symbiosis between a fungus and a blue-green. Two different types of organisms cannot live without each other, and thus form a new organism! The algae provide photosynthesis and thus sugar formation and the fungus ensures that the algae can absorb water and nutrients. The fungus also protects against vorate.

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