One weekend in late March, MyMan was out of town on business, and the girls and I decided to check out Hoge Veluwe National Park, which is about an hour and a half north of us. We saw lots of wind turbines along the way!
It’s a pretty neat place to take spend the day! There is an entrance fee, but once you are inside, you can grab (at no cost) any of the white bikes you see that belong to the park. And there are LOTS of them!! They aren’t fancy, but they get the job done!
I wasn’t sure if all of them had kid seats attached, so we brought Littlest’s scooter, as she hasn’t learned to ride her bike yet. But it turns out that all of the bikes (at least the ones I saw) all had child seats on the back, so it wasn’t an issue. They also have smaller kid sized bikes so children can be comfortable while riding as well.
There are 2 loops around around the park that you can do. We did the smaller loop – it’s about 10km (6.2 miles) to do the full loop. The park is interesting because there are parts of it that are forested with lots of trees. And other parts of it that are more barren.
The weather was nice and cool, and sunny. There is an iconic house called the Jachthuis Sint Hubertus – the owners mainly used it as a country house! Wish I could have a country house that looked like that!
In the afternoon, a wicked wind kicked up – hitting us directly in the face, and it was all we could do to keep upright on the bikes! We stopped at this statue for a while to rest. Luckily after a bit, the wind died down, and we were able to finish our loop around the park.
About the middle of the park is a museum (we didn’t have time to visit this…next time for sure) and a playground, with a restaurant. It’s a great place to stop and rest and have a pick-me-up snack.
Because we had to wait a while for the wind to die down, it was getting late in the afternoon, and we still had a ways to go. We pedaled and forged on, with the sun starting to set. We were starting to see less and less people about.
But this one fellow still found the time to stop and relax and read a book!
It was a neat place to go and be out in the fresh air. We will definitely go back so we can visit inside the country house and the museum, and learn a little more about the area. The girls and I had a lot of fun on our bikes!