Heller Route or Hellerrondje
On Sunday, a nice warm day (40 F), my wife and I decided to try out a hiking route, the Hellerrondje, that starts about a mile from our house and goes for about two miles, making it about a four mile hike from our house. The hike was relatively easy. The only difficulty was the sheer amount of mud along the route. My wife put her trekking poles to good use traversing the some of the muddier points.
The route wound through farm, field, orchard and forest and followed the Platsbeek (Flat Brook). The scenery even through the light fog was great. There were several small stone/iron crosses along the way. Even though we were not far from civilization the route isolated us, which is amazing. In this area no town is further than a mile away from any other town.
I discovered the route through a site http://www.natuurmonumenten.nl, which lists hiking and biking trails as well as canoe routes in the Netherlands. The routes are searchable by type, location and distance with pull down menus, which makes its it easy to use. Google Translate works well on the site, so I had no problems with understanding. Each route has a PDF that can be downloaded with a map of the route and points of interest along the way. Points of interest include things like monuments, natural features and local products.
The real advantage is that it is a site for the Dutch people so it does not necessarily follow the well worn routes for tourists. This advantage for me will give a good guide to experiencing the country the way the local population would.