Best bird watching trails in Drenthe, Netherlands

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Drenthe with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of bird watching trails in Drenthe, Netherlands
Top trails (25)
#1 - Dwingelderveld North Loop from Lhee
Dwingelderveld National Park
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 42 m
You can start this trail through the Dwingelderveld from Lhee or one of the nearby camp grounds. The route takes you past the Schurenberg fen. The paths you walk in the Dwingelderveld are often cart tracks from the Middle Ages. The area consists of varied heaths and forests.Show more
#2 - Gasteren - Anloo
Drentsche Aa National Park
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Length: 10.1 mi • Est. 4 h 26 m
The Drentsche Aa area in the middle and north of Drenthe is one of the last valleys in the Netherlands. It consists of old Drenthe cultural landscape with countries (grasslands), bushes, wooded banks, ash (fields), heaths, juniper berries, esdorpen, dolmens and country estates. A large number of streams run through the area, including the Drentsche Aa, Schipborgsche Diep, Zeegser loop, Anloër Diep, Gasterensche Diep, Deurzerdiep, Andersche Diep and Amerdiep. The Natura 2000 area consists of the Balloërveld, Oudemolen, Gasterse Duinen (in spite of the name mainly a wet area), Gasterse Holt, Kampsheide, Eexterveld, De Strubben, De Vijtig Bunder, the Natura 2000 area and Zeegse area. To the south of this area are the separate associated areas of Geelbroek, surrounding Amen and Andersche Diep. The Ballooërveld (defense) is an extensive heathland with some pine forest and archaeologically important elements (burial mounds, celtic fields, hesse roads). The Gasterse Duinen is a hilly area with drifting sand, heathland, gale struts and woods. Kampsheide includes dry and moist heather, juniper berries, fens, coniferous and deciduous forests, as well as burial mounds and celtic fields. The Fifty Bunder is a heathland in the north, on the crossing of the valley of the Drentsche Aa.Show more
#3 - Bargerveen
Bargerveen
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Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 2 h 47 m
#4 - De Schurenbergwandeling
Dwingelderveld National Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 11 m
The Schurenberg walk is a short walk along what some say are the most beautiful fens of the Dwingelderveld - the Zandveen and the Schurenberg. The dense forests make this an ideal forest walk.Show more
#5 - Dwingelderveld Long Loop
Dwingelderveld National Park
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Length: 13 mi • Est. 5 h 44 m
This is one of the longer loop trails through Dwingelderveld National Park. There are many shorter routes, cycle routes and horse riding routes in the area. As the largest wet heathland in Western Europe, this trail shows you the most beautiful corners. Two flocks of sheep graze on the moors to maintain the natural balance.Show more
#6 - Melkwegpad - Kamp Westerbork
Hooghalen, Drenthe, Netherlands
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Length: 8.9 mi • Est. 3 h 34 m
This trail starts at the parking lot of the Camp Westerbork Memorial Center. The first part of the path is about the so-called Melkwegpad (Milky Way Trail), where you learn everything about the solar system. Then you pass through the old Camp Westerbork, a work and transport camp during the Second World War. There is an important monument to remember deportees. Then you walk past the gigantic radio dishes of Westerbork. Last the trail goes through meadows past the village Amen back to the starting point.Show more
#7 - Noordsche Veld Loop
Norg, Drenthe, Netherlands
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 24 m
Het Noordsche Veld is a beautiful nature reserve of Staatsbosbeheer. About 100 ha of this area is heather and an archaeological excavation site. There is a large complex of raatakkers (prehistoric fields, also called celtic fields) and a large number of burial mounds. These are called the Nine Mountains, although there are more in the area. Somewhat outside the heath field is hunebed D5.Show more
#8 - Rondje Uffelte
Uffelte, Drenthe, Netherlands
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Length: 11.5 mi • Est. 4 h 53 m
#9 - Fochteloërveen Loop
Fochteloërveen
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Length: 13.4 mi • Est. 5 h 33 m
The Fochtloërveen is one of the most stretched nature reserves in the Netherlands. Here you come for peace and quiet and vast expanses of peat areas with endless views. The area is particularly popular with bird watchers. There are parking facilities at the beginning of this route, in Veenhuizen.Show more
#10 - Dwingelose Heide - Davidsplassen
Dwingelderveld National Park
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Length: 10.9 mi • Est. 4 h 43 m
Dwingelderveld National Park is best known for its large, quiet heathland. The central part of the park is even the largest contiguous wet heathland that remains in Western Europe. This trail takes you past the Davidsplassen (Lakes of David). Starting point from holiday home Het Bonte Paard.Show more
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