Description pioneer route
The direction is clockwise. Leaving the citycenter of Nijmegen, you directly head for nature (Ooijpolder). The route takes you through the countryside in the direction of the old nobility (Dutch: “Deliciousness”) Beek, where it crosses the ‘Elysian Fields’ and brings you via the lovely village ‘Beek-Ubbergen’ to the ‘Duivelsberg’ (Devils’ mountain). This area is sometimes called ‘the inner outer country’, since the height differences you find here, are uncommon for the Netherlands.
From the ‘Duivelsberg’ you walk along an old estate through the countryside towards Kranenburg (a village in Germany). There you enter the vast woods of the ‘Reichswald’. The route passes the ’Vreugdenberg’ (Mountain of Joy) and the ‘Hemeldal’ (Valley of Heaven) and brings you to the remains of an old swamp in churchtown Milsbeek and one of the most beautiful forests in the Netherlands: the ‘Sint-Jansberg’. The route continues to the ‘Mookerhei’ and an old Hunting Lodge, which was built by a man who –unsuccessfully- tried to impress a potential lover.
Continued: see below.