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Houtmars Walk is a 11 mile point-to-point trail located near Ommen, Overijssel, Netherlands that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and bird watching.

Distance: 11.0 miles Elevation Gain: 331 feet Route Type: Point to Point


bird watching

partially paved



wild flowers


historic site

The Houtmars walk (an old NS walk runs alongside a part of the Maarten van Rossumpad (LAW 4, Den Bosch - Ommen, 315 km). From the Ommen station you first follow the river Regge, then you pass the nice village of Vilsteren and the Rechteren estate The route goes through forests, meadows and fields, and you will see many wooded banks in this semi-open landscape. After 19 km the tour ends at Dalfsen station The Regge The Regge is a tributary of the Vecht. The water levels could become so shallow that they became difficult to navigate in the old days, so the skippers used a special type of boat, the hull, which is a type of flat bottom with a maximum draft of 1. Despite the low draft, the skipper still had to pull his boat often, and skippers also closed their summer pen together, creating a dam in the river. he water and when the dam was lifted, the skippers could sail along with the stream. Until the convoy ran aground again in the mud ... Shipping on the Regge reached its peak in the 18th century, particularly due to the early textile industry in Twente. In the 19th century, shipping traffic on Vecht and Regge faced competition from transport via the Overijssel canals and rail lines. Landscape elements Here you walk through a small forest area with striking landscape elements, such as a dune belt with cups and channels. Here you can see the effect of the sand drift and of the leaching through the Vecht in the event of flooding in winter and spring. On the left you see the low country, with the occasional remnant of an old Vechtmeander. These bends in the river were cut off to improve water drainage. Between 1896 and 1907, 69 bends were cut in the Vecht from Dalfsen to the German border. The length of the river therefore decreased from 75 km to 45 km. The former meanders now house waters, which are slowly landing. Many of these dead arms are protected nature reserves. The Vechtdal The Vechtdal was carved out by meltwater in the penultimate ice age. Sand drifted over and over the river valley over time. This created a whimsical landscape, with alternating river valleys, extinct moist layers and sand ridges. The yield from agriculture on the barren sandy soils has always been scanty. Grazing with sheep created vast heaths, such as the Rechteren and Hessumse Veld. In the nineteenth century, these heaths were forested by landowners or reclaimed into agricultural land. Heather fields have only been preserved in a few places. Castle Rechteren The beautifully situated Castle Rechteren is almost completely surrounded by a former Vechtmeander. The castle was a robber castle in the Middle Ages and posed a danger to the city and country in the area. For that reason, the town of Zwolle in 1233 was given city rights by the Utrecht bishop to strengthen itself against the danger of the Right Castle. In the Eighty Years' War the castle was in Spanish hands for some time. Towards the end of the 16th century, Prince Maurice ordered the castle to be partially demolished. Only the round keep (strong defensible tower) was left untouched. The castle is not open to the public.

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