After my brief stop at Zonheuvel the road took me past fields and field of corn (which reminds me so much of Quebec, Canada), the former army barracks before the landscape turned into that of the Veluwe, a forest-rich ridge of hills in the province of Gelderland that has many different landscapes including woodland, heath, wetlands, small lakes and the largest sand drifts in Europe.
Kings Heath, in the north of Arnhem, on the edge of the Veluwe
The Veluwe, which begins on the other side of this motorway is approx. 1000Km2, the largest lowland nature area in Europe and home to the largest national parks in the Netherlands: the Hoge Veluwe and the Veluwezoom. It has miles and miles of excellent paths to cycle on or walk along.
This trip however I let the park for what it was and travelled along the motorway to Terlet, a small airfield near Arnhem which is home of the largest glider flying association in the Netherlands. The airfield has 5 airstrips for gliders and one for light aircrafts.
Off in the distance you can see the communications tower in Arnhem
Sadly no gliders up in the air that day. I'll have to go back when there's more thermal activity. Btw if you ever get a chance to go flying in a glider, do it. It is a phenomenal experience!
As there weren't any hang gliders in the air I decided to walk up the hill to the wind sock and look down into the valley instead.
Storm clouds and heavy rains on the horizon, time to head back home.
More info on the veluwe can be found ---> here