Nature reserve De Teut – Ten Haagdoorn

Zonhoven, Belgium

Experience hosted by Michel

3 hours, Hosted in English, French, and Dutch

What you'll do

Visit of 2000 ha nature reserve De Teut and Ten Haagdoorn – Purple Heather.

The 11 km walk will cross the coniferous forests and the heathlands with fens. The heathland consists of ling heather in the dry areas, bell heather on the wet areas and lavender on the peat bogs. The area is at its best when the heather is in bloom. That is August, beginning of September. Heaths are home to a rich assemblage of animal species. 5,000 species of invertebrates occur on heathlands. These include grasshoppers, bush crickets, beetles, dragonflies, moths, ants, wasps, bees and spiders, many of them rarities. The alternation of stream valleys, fens, dunes, forests, fields and heathland areas invite for a beautiful walk, surrounded by sheep. Thanks to them, the heather beauty is preserved.

Pond and grassland recovery: the nutrient-rich upper layer are removed from the ponds, allowing the seeds of the waterlobelia-plant to germinate again. Species such as garlic toad and yellow heather dragonfly are re-appearing, as birds such as the nightjar, tree pipit and woodlark.

Starting walking through De Teut and Ten Haagdoorn for a circle trail from 11km( 7 miles). Two breaks are foreseen; at Hengelhoef ( midway) and Holsteenbron -camp ( 3/4 way). The path runs in a circle ending up at the starting point.
Other things to note
Focus on august-september, the most beautiful spots for the Purple Heather! The Calluna vulgaris (known as common heather, ling, or simply heather) is amazing due this the biodiversity it creates in her eco-system. You will discover de Lage Kempen, feeling like walking in the scottish highlands.
Visit of 2000 ha nature reserve De Teut and Ten Haagdoorn – Purple Heather.

The 11 km walk will cross the coniferous forests and the heathlands with fens. The heathland consists of ling heather in the dry areas, bell heather on the wet areas and lavender on the peat bogs. The area is at its best when the heather is in bloom. That is August, beginning of September. Heaths are home to a rich assemblage of animal species. 5,000 species o…

What's included

  • Drinks
    Mint Tea with Heather flavor

Meet your Host, Michel

Host on Airbnb since 2015
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I'm a Nature Guide and Coach. Passionate about flowers, trees and birds, with a special admiration towards inspiring landscapes. I'll explain about the prehistoric Holsteenbron, as well as the purple Calluna Vulgaris (known as common heather, or ling heather), dominant plant in most heathland in Europe.

Wish to bring nature again into your live, the time of an amazing walk in this wonderful shrubland habitat with his free-draining infertile, acidic soils. Let's share well-being, let's feel free to enjoy this wonderful nature reserve with wide open, low-growing woody vegetation, rare birds and flavoured flowers.

I will tell you about Heathers, Gorse and heathland grasses, punctuated by scattered trees such as the Silver Birch. They are historic landscapes with age-old oaks.
I’ll initiate Mindfulness, a relaxing process.
I'm a Nature Guide and Coach. Passionate about flowers, trees and birds, with a special admiration towards inspiring landscapes. I'll explain about the prehistoric Holsteenbron, as well as the purple Calluna Vulgaris (known as common heather, or ling heather), dominant plant in most heathland in Europe.

Wish to bring nature again into your live, the time of an amazing walk in this wonderful shrubland habitat with his free-draining infertile, acidic soils. Let's share well-being, let'…
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Where you'll be

Start/end-point is the car-park “de Teut” ; we’ll discover De Teut, the Holsteenbron and the Ten Haagdoorn , walking 11 km (7 miles) during 3 hours.

Feel the unique silence and vastness of this heathland, interspersed with fens. Thousands of sheep graze on the open landscape. We even see the Mijnterril from Winterslag, the Military Camp, The Teutsheuvel and the prehistoric Holsteenbron .

Toilet-break at Hengelhoef and Camping Holsteenbron

2 reviews

Christian
June 2021
Mesdames, Messieurs, Vu son enthousiasme Monsieur Byvoet a été une plus-value pour la promenade. C'est l'esprit et sa façon de présenter qui confirme que c'est le guide qui fait la réusite d'une activité. Christian LIBERT
Christian
April 2021
zeker een aanrader maar dan met dezelfde gids zo leert men facetten van zijn eigen regio kennen

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Things to know

Guest requirements

You’ll need a photo that matches the one on your ID to confirm who’s actually going on this experience.
Guests ages 6 and up can attend, up to 10 guests total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.
The activity level for this experience is moderate.

What to bring

Hiking shoes, umbrella, binoculars, amplifying glass, water. Good walking shoes are recommended.
Paths are too difficult for little children and wheelchairs.

Cancellation policy

Cancel within 24 hours of purchasing or at least 7 days before the experience starts for a full refund.