Magical purple fields at the Lemelerberg

The Lemelerberg is a hikers paradise with magnificent views and a diverse wildlife. In August and September, you can find the beautiful purple heather here in full bloom. The various hiking trails on the hill take you to the most beautiful places with one of the finest views Dutch nature offers in this season.

Magical Lemelerberg
The Lemelerberg is one of the highest hills of National Park Sallandse Heuvelrug. With the variety of moors, sand plains, forests and springs the Lemelerberg is unique. It is with about 1000 hectares the largest nature area of ​​Landschap Overijssel and designated by Europe as Natura 2000. More than 150,000 years ago an ice sheet of 100 to 400 meters thick covered the northern half of the Netherlands. In addition, rocks of thousands of kilos were transported from Scandinavia and gradually smoothed or pulverized on the way. The glacier pushed everything inch by inch. This created a hill with a height of 78 meters: the Lemelerberg. From different points you can enjoy beautiful views. Part of the year the heath is grazed by a herd of about 200 sheep. It is a beautiful walking, cycling and trailrun area. With luck you can see deer, sand lizard, polecat, pine marten, ermine, honey buzzard, hawk, woodlark, tree pipit, nightjar, buzzard and raven. In winter, the cormorant hibernates here. 

Wanderlust 
There are several walking routes on the Lemelerberg. The Archemeberg route (12,5 km) is a good way to explore the region. An unpaved walk on the flanks of the Archemeberg and the Lemelerberg with beautiful heaths. Start: parking place Oude Raalterweg, Lemele. Follow the signs. 

MTB Route 
Mountain biking is a good way to explore the region. From the first meters a tough and challenging round (13,6 km) around the 77 meter high Lemelerberg. Start: parking place Kerkweg 32, Lemele. 

Trailrunning 
Trailrun Lemelerberg & Archemerberg (11 km) is challenging for both seasoned and less experienced trail runners. A great way to enjoy this beautiful nature reserve. Start: parking place Kerkweg 32, Lemele. 

Stay at the Lemelerberg Lodge
Hidden between the trees with nature all around and overlooking the heather you find the historic wooden chalet. Brought as a building kit by train from Austria in 1925 by the Dutch banker Abraham Ledeboer. You can still feel the rich history of the lodge which we renovated together with Landscape Overijssel as a cosy hide-away to enjoy slow living. With natural materials, pure and eco-friendly.

Thanks!
With your stay at the Lemelerberg Lodge and 't Witte Huis we help Landschap Overijssel protect nature and national heritage in Overijssel, so we can all enjoy it. 

images by Lina Hamer and Madeleine Bollen