Hiked: November 21, 2015
As I left Weesp, it was colder than it had been in the mornings so far. The drizzle and cold made the first part through polder outside Weesp a bit boring. But by the time I had reached the Naardermeer about an hour after I started, the rain had stopped and it was no longer as biting cold as it was before. The sun even started to appear from behind the clouds now and then.
Near the Naardermeer, a lake and nature reserve well-known for birdwatching, I turned off the country road onto a muddy footpath along the edge of the woods surrounding the lake. I didn’t see much of the lake itself, but about halfway, I paused near a birdwatching observation hut offering a great view of the lake.
On the other side of the nature reserve, I passed a short, boring stretch through Naarden. As I left the town, I walked along a canal along the edge of a polder offering great views on the southeast side of the woods surrounding the Naardermeer.
As I opened the gate to enter the Bantam Estate near Bussum, I definitively left behind me the polder landscape I had passed through since the beginning of the Trekvogelpad (except for the very beginning when I hiked through the dunes near Bergen aan Zee). I also left the land below sea level behind me. I entered the sand and hills of the Utrechtse Heuvelrug, which was not only clear from the immediate change in vegetation, but also from the elevation. The Naardermeer is at 0.7m below sea level, but the Bussumseheide where I ended my hike is at around 10m above sea level.
From the Bantam Estate, one of a number of estate parks in this area, I walked through the woods and across the wildlife crossing across a busy road and railroad tracks to the Bussumseheide. There the Trekvogelpad turned right, but I turned left to café Heidezicht for a bowl of well-deserved pumpkin soup before I went on to visit family nearby.