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Hoge Veluwe, Cycling in Gelderland

The most famous part of Gelderland is, of course the National Park Hoge Veluwe. The Veluwe is more then just the National Park and it's again a bicycle friendly area.

The Veluwe
The Veluwe in autumn

Let's pick up where I left in Utrecht: in Rhenen. Arnhem is not far and when you follow the river Rhine, you will soon cycle to Wageningen and Renkum. Give the Kasteel Doorwerth (castle) a visit on the way and enjoy a day in Arnhem.

This will be your start for cycling in Gelderland to the Veluwe and National Park Hoge Veluwe. Should you want to camp in the area, apart of the many campings in Gelderland, there is a camp site at Hoenderloo, at the entrance of the park.

The Dutch use the Veluwe as a holiday destination (in my childhood we rented a holiday house in Emst at the northern part of the Veluwe.

A beautiful shot of the Hoge Veluwe
A beautiful shot of the Hoge Veluwe

At primary school we had school camps near Kootwijk and we, as good Dutch, cycled the 40 or so km's with the whole class (including teachers) to the camp side and spend a week with activities in the Veluwe forest.

The main cities in Gelderland are Arnhem and Apeldoorn. Both can be base to explore the Veluwe area and visit the Hoge Veluwe. A good ride from Arnhem could include a visit the Kroller-Muller museum, and from there to St. Hubertus Hunting Lodge (Jachthuis St. Hubertus), Kootwijkerzand and from there to Apeldoorn. If you come from Amersfoort, follow Nijkerk and go to Barneveld. You can follow directions to Kootwijkerzand and Apeldoorn. Another excellent route.

The Hoge Veluwe park three entrances, located at the villages of Otterlo, Hoenderloo and Schaarsbergen. There are reduced entrance fees for hikers and cyclists. If you didn't bring your bicycle, you can rent one at the entrances.

The Veluwe is more then the Hoge Veluwe, here the moorlands near Ede
The moorlands near Ede

The Veluwe and Hoge Veluwe park have plenty of wildlife, you might see  Red Deer, Roe Deer, Wild Boar, Mouflons, foxes, badgers, the European Pine Marten and a variety of birds amongst many other animals.

The Veluwe (including the National Park) are a beautiful place for cyclists in the Netherlands. Not for nothing you will find many Dutch people taking the bicycle and visit the Veluwe on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

St. Hubertus at The Hoge Veluwe
St. Hubertus

At the east borders of the Veluwe you will find interesting places as Zutphen, Beekbergen (steam train!) and Doetinchem before you can go into Germany or travel north to Province Overijssel.

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