Time to pack up again and leave Belgium for a while and head into The Netherlands.
We’ve enjoyed our time on the Salamander LV campsite, our pitch was good, the bar was handy and the location was great. I also found the first Belgian beer I liked! However I didn’t enjoy having to shower in the men’s because of a blue bottle infestation in the ladies bathroom!!! Luckily the toilets in the bar were closer, modern and pristine so didn’t have to brave it again!
We are heading north, to another national park, Hoge Veluwe, 8km north of Arnhem. It’s the largest nature reserve in the Netherlands. The campsite is at one of the three entrance points at Hoenderloo. On the way in we spot what looks like an old Sinclair C2!
We arrive at 1:30pm and set ourselves up in a shady spot. It’s lovely here but so expensive, €90 for 2 nights camping and park entry! No loo paper either and you have to pay 0.50c for a shower. We have a quick lunch and then go out to explore on our bikes. They provide free bikes everywhere in the park but I’m too short for them so we used our own.
The park is full of cycling tracks. We cycled for about 1.25hrs through a variety of landscapes including a beautiful forest to the visitors centre. Sank a lovely cold beer before a visit to the museum which explained the history of the park.
We then cycled to the north edge of the park to see the lakeside house built by the original owners of the park. Lots of lovely lily pads in the lake that look like they are about to burst into flower. A long cycle through lovely forest trying to spot wildlife, but all we saw were birds. Another 2hrs of cycling and 10 miles in all.
Stopped at a pub outside the park for a drink after failing to shop at the local Spar as it was shut. The houses opposite had unusual turf roofs. Another tasty BBQ of lamb and chicken before going into to the van to watch a DVD as it was a little cold to sit outside.