The Utrecht Hill Ridge (Utrechtse Heuvelrug) is a 50 km long ridge of
low sand hills that stretches from southeast to northwest over the
Dutch province of Utrecht. We cycle through the Soesterduinen and surrounding
woodlands in the northern part of this ridge. Excellent cycle paths
lead us through dusty sands, heath and woodlands.
On our route we will cycle through
Park airbase Soesterberg a unique
nature area and heritage treasure. In 1910 Verwey and Lugard two car
dealers from the Hague started an airfield in this heathland. They
hosted air shows and demonstrations. After initial success they went
bankrupt in 1912. The airfield became the birthplace of Dutch military
aviation in 1913 and remained a military airbase until 2008. Climb
the original 1910 viewpoint pavilion and explore history when you
wander past the military buildings. The former runway is now the
widest cycle path in the world! Park Airbase Soesterberg also houses
the national Military Museum which is certainly worth a visit.
The little village Lage Vuursche is the ideal place
to have a Dutch pancake for lunch. A visitor wandering among the 18th
century houses feels as if time has stood still. The village has a
royal status thanks to Princess Beatrix (the former queen) who lives
in Drakenstein Castle.