Walking Route Spier, Dwingelderveld National Park, Spier, The Netherlands

Dwingelderveld National Park (Nationaal Park Dwingelderveld) is a heathland and woodland reserve of 3700 hectares in the south-western part of the province of Drenthe in the Netherlands.

Dwingelderveld is Europe’s largest wet moorland area. It is covered by numerous fens and marsh flats featuring a wide variety of rare plants. At the same time, the moors are a habitat for rare species of butterflies and birds. The northern part of today’s national park has been wooded since the mid-nineteenth century. There are beautiful pine forests in the Lheederzand and Lheebroekerzand, concealing small islands of idyllic moors and fens, such as the Zandveen (Sandmoor) and Groote veen (Big moore), forests near Witteveen, wetlands near Holtveen.

Staatsbosbeheer and Natuurmonumenten both have walking and bike routes in the area.

Below are some photos made during a walk through the area around Spier (white route, starting point Staatsbosbeheer Information building, Oude Postweg 12, Spier). Click on a miniature-photo to enlarge it, then navigate using the arrows left/right of the photo or use the cursor keys on your keyboard.