Monday, November 28, 2011

The ‘Hoogtepunten’ or the Blue Route in Kaapse Bossen, Doorn

Last September Dutchman and I did a 12-kilometre hike in Doorn, in Kaapse Bossen which is part of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug forest.

We went to our current favourite starting point, the Heleneheuvel, and this time we took the Blue Route or the Hoogtepunten Route (which means: highlights). We liked this route because we walked on different types of terrain through the forest and across the plains, and we saw a variety of scenery.

Normally it takes 3 hours to finish this route but we did it in 2 hours and 15 minutes. We barely stopped to rest, although we slackened our walk in between inorder to take fotos and appreciate nature’s beauty around us. Because of this my knees were slighting a bit. Lesson learned, take some rest at least after an hour of non-stop walking.

At the end of the hike we had pancakes, scone with jam and clotted cream and fresh mint tea at the Heleneheuvel Chalet. Dutchman had pancakes while I chose to try their home-made scone which was delicious paired with the clotted cream. It was quite timely as by the time we sat down at the terrace of the chalet and ordered our food, it started to rain. We had to quickly move indoors.

Anyway, I now have a very good reason to come back to this place. Enjoy their scone and clotted cream once again and do the Brown Route or Hoog Moersbergen Route. In other words, the 14-kilometre hike =)

The route we took was supposed to be a 3-hour hike.

Stiltegebied means Quiet Territory.

These looked like lean fir trees and the beetle, always fighting for his life.

Pretty house in the forest. Not sure if I would feel safe living in the forest. I always hear about scary stories, as simple as thieves visiting at night!

We came across a field with a children's playground and saw droopy mushrooms.

This is the view from the Helenaheuvel Chalet. Very relaxing.

Cheese and ham pancake and a scone with jam and clotted cream.

The chalet and its terrace. The Heleneheuvel chalet is located in the middle of the forest (Kaapse Bossen).

Walking Period: September 2011
Destination: Doorn (Utrechtse Heuvelrug - Utrecht), The Netherlands

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