If you look at the map of Uddel and the surrounding area, you will see extensive forests with heaths surrounding an enclosed area with farmlands and villages. In prehistoric times, people lived here in a wooded landscape of agriculture and hunting. In the Middle Ages, agriculture became increasingly important. Due to deforestation and intensive use of the soil, sand drifts gradually developed. Ultimately, the advancing drifting sand of the Veluwe turned into a large desert. To counter this, extensive coniferous forests were planted in the early 20th century. The soil became more nutrient-rich and nature more and more species-rich. In this way, the landscape transformed into the ring-shaped nature reserve that we know today.
Cycling around Uddel
Vast forests, jagged sand drifts, open heathlands and beautiful estates in the largest lowland nature reserve in northwestern Europe