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What to do near Bleeke Hoeve

Nature and wildlife

Uddel is located on the edge of the Koninklijke Houtvesterijen, which is an extensive natural reserve of forest and heather. It is one of the rare places where the silence of nature actually can be heard. Passing on foot through this area from Uddel to Apeldoorn you have a good chance to come face to face with a deer or wild boar.

The estate of Staverden is also very close to Bleeke Hoeve. This 1500 acre property consists of beautiful forests and pretty farm houses with meadows and crop fields.

A little bit further away you will find Kootwijkerzand and Hulshorsterzand. These are examples of shifting sands, extremely dynamic ecosystems.

For those who like hiking and cycling in nature, the area around Bleeke Hoeve is the place to be! Further on, but still in the Veluwe area, are many more natural reserves that can easily be visited.

Archaeology

Less than a kilometre from Bleeke Hoeve you can visit the Hunnenschans, the remnants of a medieval fortress. This horse-shoe shaped sand mound apparently served Saxon rulers to protect their iron-production activities.

Culture

For those interested in culture, a visit to the Kröller Müller Museum at Otterlo (at 20 km distance) is highly recommended. The museum hosts an extensive collection of works by Vincent van Gogh as well as several paintings by Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondriaan. A large sculpture garden also forms part of the museum.

The royal palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn is partly set up as a museum. The building originates from the 17th century. The palace park encloses a beautiful French garden with spectacular fountains.
 
Situated just north of Apeldoorn in Vaassen the Cannenburch castle, originally built in the 14th century, and its adjacent gardens are open to the public


Family entertainment and wellness centres

Near Bleeke Hoeve you will find the well-known Dolfinarium in Harderwijk, where at regular times shows are performed by a variety of sea mammals. In Apeldoorn there is a family entertainment park Koningin Julianatoren. You can also visit the nature-park Berg en Bos in Apeldoorn. It hosts both a zoo called Apenheul (famous for its monkeys) and a huge outdoor swimming pool. If you wish you can also relax in various sauna and wellness resorts, like De Zaluwhoeve, Thermen Bussloo, de Veluwse Bron and Sauna Drôme.

Villages and towns

Many guests prefer to visit a village or town during their stay in Bleeke Hoeve. Situated in the direct neighbourhood are the charming villages Garderen, Putten and Nunspeet. Also within easy reach of Bleeke Hoeve are the delightful former fishing towns Harderwijk and Elburg, and the characteristic old towns Hattem, Zutphen and Deventer.

 

Geology

The ice ages

The current land-forms of the Veluwe originated from the Pleistocene ice ages. About 130,000 years ago, in the Saalien glacial era, a continental ice-sheet from Scandinavia advanced to the Netherlands from the north until it covered the Northern part of the country. 

Glacial hills (show map / hide map)

The glacier front ended in lobes excavating depressions in the loose coarse sands, the sediments of the rivers Rhine and Maas. Laterally along the ice lobes the frozen sands were pushed up into glacial hills, known locally as lateral moraines or 'stuwwallen'. These are now the basis of the hilly zones of the Veluwe area. The highest of these, which goes up to more than 100 meters, forms a curve west of the town of Apeldoorn and extends from Hattem in the north to Arnhem in the South. A smaller one is to be found between Harderwijk and Garderen. The depression between both moraines, nowadays the Leuvenumse Beek valley, is thought to have been created by one of the lobes of the Arctic ice front. When the ice front eventually retreated back North, the valley was partially filled up with sand and gravel deposited by the melting ice water. These terraces of sand and gravel are the geological basis of the area around the village of Uddel.

Pingos

During the latest ice age (some 10,000 years ago) the arctic ice sheet did not reach the area of the current Netherlands any more. Nonetheless there were periods of permafrost, with permanently frozen ground water. During these periods pingos, which seems to be an Eskimo name, where formed. These are cone shaped mounds of soil caused by intrusions of ground ice. Apparently they form where unfrozen ground water is trapped between two frozen layers. In summer times the top layer of the soil would melt and slide off of the pingo hill. After many years of this process being repeated, the result is a ring of soil with a crater in the middle. Sometimes the crater fills with water to form a small lake. The Bleeke Meer and Uddelermeer are assumed to be examples of such pingo lakes.


At your disposal are various flyers and road-maps for walking and cycling. Your hostess and host are eager to advise you about the multitude of possibilities for leisure and recreation.

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