Activities in the region
Mon 1 Jun - Sat 31 Oct
Speellandschap de Heiberg
Thu 30 Jul - Wed 30 Dec
Tue 1 Sep - Tue 8 Dec
No fewer than eight nature parks are found just southwest of Veldhoven, each with it's own unique character. Some have pre-historical burial mounds, others have lovely ponds or harbor specific bird species.
Most are accessible to the public between sunrise and sunset. However, you should stay on the paths and keep your dog on a leash.
This area consists of woodlands and pastures; it stretches to the east bank of the Dommel river. The sand path at Nagelmekerseweg is the only passage through the Dommelbeemden. The path starts at the end of Runstraat and ends at Volmolenweg. You will spot wood embankments with mainly ashes, alders, willows, and alongside there are trees and scrubs with berries e.g. rowen and ‘Gelderse roos’. Several amphibians live around the ponds, such as alpine newt and green/true frog. The fact that there are both old and younger trees attract many different birds and other small creatures.
In a small woodland off Volmolenweg, between Veldhoven-Dorp and Waalre, you will find two natural ponds: Kleine Vlasroot and Grote Vlasroot. These are the only authentic ponds in Veldhoven. They are probably about 10.000 years old. Water lilies, reed, mint and purple marsh locks grow in and along the banks of Kleine Vlasroot. At the Southern end of Grote Vlasroot, the rare bog myrtle 'gagel' thrives. Behind these ponds lies a sand excavation which is now a fishing pond.
3. Groot Goor
Groot Goor is a nature park covering 55 hectares and lies in the border region between Eersel, Bergeijk and Veldhoven. It is a narrow, long wetland in the stream basin of De Run, which also forms its south-eastern boundary. This marshy area, or ‘broekbos’, is one of the few in the Netherlands with specific, authentic flora. There are many deer and insects, which in turn attract birds such as the golden oriole and woodcock. Groot Goor is not open to the public, but is possible to walk on the ‘schouwpad’ which gives a good view. This path runs along both sides of De Run and can be reached by way of Riethovensedijk.
4. Sprankelse bossen
De Sprankel woodlands are situated South of the road connecting Veldhoven and Steensel. The burial mounds found here prove that this area was already inhabited thousands of years ago. Since the 1930’s coniferous trees such as Scots pine, green Douglas fir and Hemlock spruce were planted on this terrain. Additionally, in-between other types of trees and shrubs thrive e.g. birch, sweet chestnut and oak. The footpath through the Sprankel woodlands is 3.5 km long.
Oeyenbosch is found In the area between Veldhoven-Dorp-Knegsel-Steensel; a lengthy sand belt which runs along De Gender stream. The woods lie parallel to the A67 and extend to the E3-strand in Eersel. This grove was planted in 1910 and was originally meant as timberland. You will spot birch trees, oak, sweet chestnut and larch. Of course, there are many species of birds: the robin, blue-tit, great-tit and wren. If you are lucky, one of several types of woodpeckers will appear. Het Oeyenbosch is mainly a recreational area; it includes footpaths, a jogging course and cycling path.
6. Oerle and Zandoerle Woods
This rural area lied South of Oerle and East of Zandoerle and covers approximately 100 hectares of annex woodland. Many dirt tracks crisscross these woods; the two paved roads are Eindhovensebaan and Zittard. Here and there you will see a house; the only other building there is a Scouting log cabin. This area consists not only of coniferous and broad-leaved woods but also vast pastures. Most lots are 50 to 100 years old, home to Scots pine, larch and green Douglas fir. Also, dozens of old wood embankments can be found with original flora. The footpath through these woods starts at the church square in Oerle.
The wood grove between Zandoerle and Knegsel bears the name Molenvelden. This terrain contains several burial mounds as well as many lanes and paths which warrant for lovely walks. This woodland is fairly new. Pine trees and American oak are most common, but you will spot black cherry and alder buckthorn too. On some lots, larch and green Douglas firs also grow. Different woodpecker and tit-species are found in these woods, as well as buzzards.
8. Toterfout and Half Mijl
Half Mijl is an interesting landscape with great historical background. The many burial mounds dating from the Stone Age (to 1650 B.C.) and Bronze Age (1650 - 650 B.C.) prove that this region was already inhabited thousands of years ago. There are two different types: with poles or small trenches. A heather variety ‘dopheide’ grows lushly on the moist ground. on dryer lots, you will spot another variety: ‘struikheide’. Nearby there are two natural ponds: Grootmeer and Postelsche Weijer. The green Douglas fir was planted in addition to the original flora. The beautiful footpath through Toterfout and Half Mijl leads the way.