Soest is a small town north east of Amersfoort. There is a good
shopping area and a nice market on Thursdays. The hill called "de
Engh" is an beautiful area of farmland within the town. The windmill de Windhond (the Greyhound) marks
the highest point.
The exact origin of the name Soest is unknown but it could have meant
well at the border of high and low ground. Towards Soest we cycle the
high ground as we cycle through the Soesterduinen and surrounding woodlands
in the northern part of the Utrecht Hill Ridge (Utrechtse
Heuvelrug). We'll pass dusty sand dunes, heath and woodlands.
We cycle the low
ground as we follow the river Eem from Soest back into
Amersfoort. The river runs through beautiful farmland with grazing
sheep and cattle. Along the river there are many bunkers which are
part of Grebbelinie (Grebbe line). The Grebbelinie was an 18th century
defence system against foreign armies based on flooding large parts of
the country. The bunkers date from just before the second world war
when the Grebbe line was once again fortified against a German attack.