Why hurry? As soon as you start walking around Arnhem and the surrounding area, you get a sense of calm engendered by the beauty of the dikes and endless riverbeds. Cross over on a little ferry and enjoy the gentle journey. The natural river valley, Renkums Beekdal, lies on the western side of the Veluwezoom National Park. A unique spot: industry had to make way for natural development on a grand scale. The result is a magnificent natural river valley (beekdal in Dutch) with differences in height, brooks and wetlands.
The Veluwezoom National Park has so many outstanding country estates and castles that you can spend days walking in the footsteps of the nobility. Choose a route – or plan a long weekend and choose a selection of routes. Long avenues, idyllic waterfalls, deep basins and unique panorama views from the hills ensure than no walks are the same. And there are plenty of outdoor cafés and stopping places along the way to rest and catch your breath.
Walking is fun, but roaming is more exciting! Stroll along winding cattle paths, often right next to the river, clamber over dikes and tree trunks and encounter Galloway cattle and Konik horses.
There are numerous marked roaming routes along the banks of the Waal, Meuse and IJssel rivers. The routes range from 4 to around 10 kilometres and are clearly signposted. Please note: walk at your own risk, do not feed or disturb the animals, and dogs must be kept on a lead.
Walking through fields, country estates, along streams and across farms Klompenpaden (‘clog paths’) are cultural/historical rights of way across private property such as country estates and farmland. Clog paths follow historical, off-road routes as much as possible. A klompenpad walk is varied and can sometimes even be a little ‘adventurous’, requiring you to climb over stiles, cross wobbly bridges or walk through a field of cows.
Please note: No dogs allowed in order to avoid worrying the wild animals. Furthermore, the narrow unpaved paths are unsuitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
Would you like to learn more about Operation Market Garden? Take part in one of the four specially developed walking routes in the Airborne Region. While walking you will discover the (local) stories behind Operation Market Garden. Try the four paths in Driel, Oosterbeek, Ede and Arnhem and walk past monuments and places of interest related to this operation. Remember the victims and reflect on freedom. Want to know more? Then continue reading and discover the story behind the Airborne Region.