Being active in the surroundings of Molecaten Park Landgoed Ginkelduin

Get out into nature!

Wearing hiking boots or cycling on the pedals, you will discover the fingerprints from the time when the Utrechtse Heuvelrug was formed; the Ice Age! The ideal place for an active holiday.

Cycling

Make use of the cycling junction network or a ready-made route. Kilometres of cycle paths meander criss-cross the ca. 55 km long Utrechtse Heuvelrug. With the cycling junctions, you can easily put together your own route. Beautiful described/signposted routes are the Knapsack route, the Wild route, Kromme Rijn route and Heel de Heuvelrug routes. Take the ferry across the Nederrijn at Wijk bij Duurstede or Elst and discover the Betuwe!

Nice routes are a.o:

The eastern part of the Lustwaranderoute shows a different face of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug. You cycle through the lush forests of the forestries Leersum and Amerongen. The woods that covered the Heuvelrug had disappeared by the end of the 17th century through the actions of man and beast. The Heuvelrug consisted of heathland and sandy plains. After 1800, the estate owners converted the wasteland into production forests. To the north, the Heuvelrug borders the open landscape of Gelderse Valley; to the south, the hills make way for the river landscape. Start the route from junctions 71 or 82, near Molecaten Park Landgoed Ginkelduin.
  On the border of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug and the Gelderse Vallei, this varied cycle route takes you over heathland, through wooded estates, along rustic streams and open fields. The small-scale and predominantly agricultural area of the valley is in sharp contrast to the hilly landscape of the lateral moraine area. The military presence in the region has left its traces. Around Soesterberg there is an air force base and various barracks; the Leusderheide, around which the route runs, is a military training area. The village of Austerlitz originated as an army base for Napoleon's troops. Start the route from junction 89, near Molecaten Park Landgoed Ginkelduin.
  Take the ferry across the Nederrijn and start in Buren with one of these cycling tours.

Walking

On the Utrechtse Heuvelrug, you can wander for hours through the woods, past sand drifts and beautiful heathlands. Sharpen your senses for bird sounds and tracks. Climb Uitkijktoren De Kaap in Doorn: from a height of more than 25 metres, you will have a magnificent view of almost the entire Utrechtse Heuvelrug. Take the ferry at Wijk bij Duurstede or Elst across the Nederrijn and walk through the Betuwe.

Nice routes are a.o:

Forestry De Amerongse Berg is one of the oldest forests of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug. After the forest was originally laid out as coniferous forest a hundred years ago, in the course of time spontaneous growth of oak, birch and beech has created a beautiful mixed forest. On the way, you pass the Sterrenbos, with its stately beech avenues and dead straight paths, built after the French model. This walk also takes you to the highest point of the ridge: the Amerongse Kop (69 m above sea level).
  The landscape around Rhenen and Amerongen was formed by shifting ice tongues during the next to last ice age. It is part of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug, a lateral moraine with the 69 metre high Amerongse Berg as its highest point. The sun-drenched southern flank of the lateral moraine proved very suitable for growing tobacco plants, which were cultivated here for three centuries. This varied route goes among other things over the site of a former 19th century tobacco plantation, past a number of preserved tobacco barns and along the Amerongse Bovenpolder.
 
  • Errekomsepad - The 'klompenpad' from Buren and Erichem (recommended as a blossom trail!)
Discover the beautiful countryside of Erichem and Buren. You will walk through meadows, along plum, apple, pear and cherry orchards and through the Betuwe town of Buren. Tranquillity, small scale and the combination of culture and nature determine the atmosphere here.

Mountain biking

Routes and vignette:
For mountain bikers, the Utrechtse Heuvelrug National Park is deliciously challenging! Our park is located in the middle of the MTB route network of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug. Mountain bikers can use the 9 routes with a total of more than 100 kilometres of beautiful trails. As a mountain biker you need to be able to show a vignette, which is for sale at the reception desk. For more information about the vignette, routes and other sales addresses, visit the website of Stichting Mountainbiken Utrechtse Heuvelrug.

Clinics and tours:
Want to improve your MTB skills before hitting the trails? Or go out with a guide? MTB Gids Heuvelrug is located at our park and organises mountain bike clinics and tours. They teach you the most important skills to ride a mountain bike with more fun, relaxed and safe. They will also show you the most beautiful parts of the routes. You will receive a 10% discount on the regular price if you mention your reservation number. More information and booking can be found on the website of MTB Gids Heuvelrug.

Adventurous

  • Canoeing: from Leusden starts the Heiligenbergerbeekroute (6,5 km), the Valleikanaalroute from (10 km) - via kanoverhuur Oost and Rondje Leusden (16 km).
  • Klimbos Veluwe in Apeldoorn: a unique and exciting experience for young and old (from 7 years of age). There are 9 routes and about 120 different crossings, varying in height and difficulty.
  • Horseback riding on the Utrechtse Heuvelrug.
  • Lekkerbootjevaren.nl in Utrecht: specialized in canal trips (mostly with catering) in Utrecht. Choose a canal tour with skipper (also known as renting a sloop) and sail through Utrecht.