Between the campus and the
town of Oldenzaal is quite an interesting forest, or more like a strange
mix between park and forest.
This was a free walking path going around a meadow and a
pond. However on the fence across the path towards this meadow was a 'no
entry' sign and lots of barbed wire. Of course, this interested me immensely
so I went exploring. Walking the path behind the easy climeable fence
I found a small shed with a broken mill stone and to 'leilinden' in front
of it facing the pond.
Most interesting was a concrete bridge without any obvious
use. The path going over it mostly overgrown, nothing underneath. I suspect
the stream has moved it's course (or the course was moved). From the name
'bad hut' the place could have been a bathing/swimming place, but it got
abandoned, the stream feeding the bathing pond was directed away and the
road across the bridge abandoned. The place is obviously private property,
but it's use and the reason of the abundance of barbed wire on the gate
is a bit of a mistery to me.
Next I had a look at the 'sterrebos' (star-forest), a small bit of wood with 4 paths crossing eachother in the middle, making it an '8-sprong'. Nice but not too interesting. At the crossroads large rhododendron bushes block the view, so you can't clearly see all eight paths.