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Flirting with the border in the Valley of the Merkske

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9.4 km • Hoogstraten

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Knooppunt 1 - Bezoekerscentrum De Klapekster - Kolonie 41, 2323 Wortel

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The valley of the Merkske - the natural border with the Netherlands - serves 1900 hectares of top nature. Through the stately lanes of Wortel-Kolonie (an official silence area and declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2021) you step into the fens of the Castelreesche Heide. Visitor Center De Klapekster forms a cozy finale. Not for nothing was this hike named Hike of the Year in 2019.

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Friday, February 16, 2024 by J.J.Wonderful hike ! Rural views interspersed with narrow forest paths, this hike has it all. Also the marshy area around the Merkske is so surprisingly pure. Here the hiker comes to rest ! When it is persistently wet, the bridges on the river bank are not accessible, and it is best to take an alternative via the junctions. Recommended
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Sunday, February 26, 2023 by bert rouckhoutvery nice walk quiet roads many views very flat and beautiful forests and small lakes
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