My 5: Gorp en Roovert Forest, The Netherlands.

1. Gorp En Roovert Forest, December 2010. It’s a tough gig celebrating Christmas in the south east of China. No mince pies for me this year, zero turkey, a complete absence of crackers and Quality Street. And so it’s easy to find myself reflecting on Christmases of the past, especially when deciding on this year’s Leighton Literature post. After a little deliberation I plumped for the beautiful Gorp en Roovert Forest in Brabant Province. 

2. Gorp En Roovert Forest, December 2010. It’s exactly seven years to the day that I visited the forest for a Christmas day hike. It was a perfect winter wonderland setting that day, like something out of a fairytale. 

3. Gorp En Roovert Forest, December 2010. The lake was frozen and the stencil-like trees were caked in layers of snow.  Somehow I managed to pull off the least Christmasey pose possible. 

4. Gorp En Roovert Forest, December 2010. The forest is part of Gorp en Roovert estate, owned by the obscenely wealthy Puijenbroek family who’ve have made its forests, lakes and heathland open to the public.

5. Gorp En Roovert Forest, December 2010. With blue skies and crisp but manageable temperatures that day, I was surprised not to bump into more people.

Like this? Take a peek at My other 5s from all around The Netherlands.

You can also check out my short story series Notes From The Netherlands.

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Freelance travel writer, voice over and English teacher from London. Former music and film journalist, interviewer of the stars. Passionate about travel, film, music, football, Indian food.

4 thoughts on “My 5: Gorp en Roovert Forest, The Netherlands.

    1. Hey Sartenada! Thanks for dropping by Leighton Literature and taking the time to comment. I just had a look at your site and have followed you. Your photos look great and I’ve often thought about visiting Finland. Maybe one day…. happy travels!

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