Elswout Loop

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Elswout Loop est un sentier en boucle de 12.6 kilomètres situé près de Overveen, North Holland en Pays-Bas. Le sentier longe un lac et sa difficulté est évaluée comme modérée. Le sentier est principalement utilisé pour la marche et l'observation de la nature.

Distance: 12.6 km Dénivelé: 144 m Type d'itinéraire: Boucle

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Surprisingly close to the bustling city of Haarlem you can enjoy the beauty and green of nature. After less than three kilometers from the start you walk on estates with water features and through a nature reserve. From the old station building of Overveen, with a snack bar, you walk through a quiet suburb to the Duinvliet estate. It is not large, but known for its winding avenues with stately oak and beech. From there you can already see the beautiful Elswout estate. The eye-catchers are unique 'parasol lanes' and 'Het Grote Huis'. The route then goes through the Middenduin nature reserve. After solid climbing on the steep forest slopes you will return to civilization through the 'wetlands' of the Zanderij. Landgoed Elswout is one of the most beautiful and water-rich estates along the inner dune edge of the Zuid-Kennemerland National Park. This 85-hectare national monument has a rich plant and animal life. The 100 to 200 year old trees contain many cave brothers, birds that nest in hollow trees. In addition, there are thinning plants that make large parts of the estate turn into a sea of flowers, especially in the spring. The old forest is a good breeding ground for the 300 different mushrooms that occur here. Every time the fashion changed, the garden was given a different look. The buildings are also often renovated or rebuilt. That is why Elswout still has characteristics from different periods. On the estate you will find the only parasol lanes in the Netherlands that are still intact. The huge Dutch linden trees stand on either side of the old 'deer trail', a closed area for deer hunting. They are all monuments. The trees are planted in such a way that they offer a lot of shade. People could walk outside in the summer without turning brown. You pass two very different structures. On the left a Norwegian log cabin and on the right the largest orangery in the Netherlands. This dates from 1879 and was built in neo-Renaissance style. In the past plants were grown and the vulnerable 'orange trees' hibernated here, among other things. This place was also a popular haven for Amsterdam merchants. Now it is still an oasis of peace thanks to its unique location. On Sundays you can taste the atmosphere in the beautiful room from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM. The historic country house 'The Great House' dates from 1881. It was never completed because the estate owner Willem Borski died in 1884 during construction. From the landings you have a nice view of the deer track. The country house is now being finished and completed in the style that was once conceived by the original owner. At the end of the walk you will come to the Zanderij in Middenduin. Part of the sand from the Zanderij was dug in the middle of the 19th century to dampen the canals of Amsterdam and Haarlem. Many old mansions are founded on this sand. The sand was transported to the city by boat. The Zanderij was bulb land until 1992 and now it has been transformed into flowery grassland. Due to the elevated water level, special species can be found, such as the parnassia. Special fauna is also looking for the area (again). If you're lucky, you'll see the rare kingfisher that breeds here again.

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