The Norgerholt

When you cross the stream valley of the Slokkert behind Veenhuizen, you arrive in Westerveld in an exceptional piece of forest: the Norgerholt, one of the oldest forests in the Netherlands. It is thought that this has existed since the ninth century. In the middle ages, the farmer’s collective of Norg gathered here between four great oaks. This is not difficult to imagine when you walk among the enormous holly trees. With their glossy leaves, they envelop the forest in a mysterious atmosphere. In the spring, the thousands of white wood anemones stand out against the dark green holly.

The dolmen next to the Norgerholt is also mysterious; this prehistoric grave is another couple of thousand years older than the forest.