National Park De Groote Peel, Ospel

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De Groote Peel is a National Park in the Peel, a region in the Southeast of the Netherlands on the border between the provinces of Limburg and North Brabant. It has a size of 13,4 km² and preserves a peat bog that has remained partly untouched by peat cutting, which used to be extensive in the area.It is one of the most bird-rich areas in Western Europe, with resident black-necked grebes and sometimes migrating common cranes in October/November. The terrain is varied with inaccessible peat swamps, lakes, heath land and sand ridges. The present swamp and some of the lakes were created by the cutting of peat.There is a 3 km-long route guided by red poles with a tower that provides visitors with a view of the wasteland. Those who do not want to follow the route but want to find their own way have to careful in these treacherous swamps. Source: Brabants Dagblad (Dutch)History of the parkNational Park De Groote Peel is one of the last, largely raised bogs that remains uncultivated. It has become the way it is because of the harvesting of peat from the bog in the past. De Groote Peel offers a varied landscape of inaccessible peat swamp, lakes, open moorland areas, plains and sand ridges with purple moor. The current landscape of the Groote Peel was created by the excavation of peat. This excavation at some places created larger lakes in the marshy landscape. Around the mid 20th century ridges of trees were planted. The damp and quiet nature make the area attractive to birds. De Groote Peel is one of the richest bird areas in Western Europe. The area has a special vegetation of many rare species. It has been made accessible to visitors through the construction of raised trackways over the extensive swamp areas.
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  • Beautiful marshy with designated hiking trails. We visited it on Monday and arrived on our whole walk 5 people.. Really in the "middle of nowhere" enjoy the peace and quiet, singing of the birds and rustling of the wind ... Wow, impressed as a beautiful nature! Too bad that a large portion was completed (from March 15) for the breeding season of the animals, but I understand it though. ;-) Recommended!
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  • Beautiful scenery, well landscaped paths, Lookout Tower, bridges. You can be just a herd of shetlandponys. Terrain suitable also for families with young children. The better buggy can also bat paths.
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  • This is really worth for the u go there. a beautiful store, a restaurant, indoor and outdoor seating, you can walk a lot, with a guide, or itself, very worth the smile and also with children, very instructive, how they stabbed peat used to be there in this area.
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  • Nice place for one day picnic and biking... Really enjoyed
  • Excellent National Park. A swamp area with many natural highlights, water and a small shop with a cafe.
  • I Place is ok for a Sunday walk but not much to see. It is mostly swamp area
  • Really nice and beautiful landscape for walking and have a drink
  • Great piece of dutch nature!