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When they hear about Utrecht, people often think of the city with its bustle and compactness. Yet Utrecht consists of much more than that; the province also has very beautiful nature reserves such as the Utrechtse Heuvelrug, De Blauwe Kamer and the Zeisterbos. Utrecht also has many walking routes along rivers, canals and lakes. Moreover, Utrecht has a central location in the Netherlands, which means that other provinces are relatively easily and quickly accessible. That's handy, because according to The Nature Pyramid, to stay healthy, you need to go out to nature once a week on a regional scale and once a month on a national scale!
Take a look at the website Walking and cycling routes in the province of Utrecht - Utrecht Landscape . Here you can find various (free) activities in nature, such as:
A nature walk through Bos Birkhoven: walk with a guide through this beautiful nature reserve or walk yourself with a route map.
A walk through the De Beerschoten nature reserve: get acquainted with its varied landscape on the basis of a route map.
A walking tour through the Heidestein estate: walk along the remains of a historic estate and discover the old moors using a route map.
A walking route through Bornia: walk over former sand dunes and enjoy the hilly and varied landscape on the basis of a route map.
For other green activities, check out the website of Landschap Erfgoed Utrecht ( Landscape Erfgoed Utrecht ). They are looking for volunteers at various locations in the province. As a volunteer you help with various projects, such as conservation and management of nature, the inventory and measurement of landscape elements and the protection of meadow birds.
For different types of city walks you can take a look at City Walks Utrecht | RoutesinUtrecht.nl . Here you will find the most beautiful city walks and you will not only get to know Utrecht, but also other cities! Also look at The most beautiful walking routes in Utrecht | RoutesinUtrecht.nl for the most beautiful walking routes through nature reserves.
On the website of the Staatsbosbeheer ( Nature Reserves of Staatsbosbeheer ) you can find information about activities, walking routes and places of interest for each Utrecht nature reserve. There are various walking routes in Lopikerwaard and in the Uiterwaarden Rijn and Lek, places of interest such as forts in the Vecht region and Kromme Rijn and recreational opportunities such as Groeneveld Castle in the Utrechtse Heuvelrug and the Grebbelinie Visitor Center.