Hackfort Castle and surroundings

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The Hackfort Grist Mill

I got up late today. But there was still enough time for a small hike. I decided to walk in the area of Hackfort Castle which is located near the village of Vorden. It sounds English, but it is really Dutch!

Hackfort Castle is a very well preserved castle. Its history dates back as far as the year 1392, at that time not more than just a residential tower. In the 1500s the castle was destroyed by the Spaniards during the Eighty Year's War. But, it got, fortunately, rebuilt in 1598 and modified in 1788. At that time the moat was filled too.

The last owners were baron Arend and his sisters. None of them had heirs, and when the last sister died in 1981, the estate was donated to the Society for Preservation of Nature Monuments.

Hackfort Castle
The society did not only obtain the castle but also the old Hackfort Grist Mill. The mill had not been used since 1951 and was restored. It has been operated by volunteers since 1998.

I thought the hike would be easy. Just in the meadows with hardly any inclination. And that was indeed easy. But, I am apparently used too the US way of marking trails. Die to the odd way the trail was marked here I lost track of the trail many times. In the end I figured out he route from the little trail map rather than from the confusing trail blazers. No mountain hike in New York, but still a pleasant landscape to hike.

More pictures below. Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren zodat deze rare website toestaat dat de bijgesloten foto ook vertoond wordt. Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets 

spocklogic says:
Quite the peaceful country stroll to take in the varied sights - Nice set of photographs too!
Posted on: Aug 13, 2013
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The Hackfort Grist Mill
The Hackfort Grist Mill
Hackfort Castle
Hackfort Castle
The Hackfort Coat of Arms at the e…
The Hackfort Coat of Arms at the …
Lands surrounding the castle
Lands surrounding the castle
Hackfort Castle
Hackfort Castle
Lands surrounding the castle
Lands surrounding the castle
Hackfort Castle
Hackfort Castle
Lands surrounding the castle
Lands surrounding the castle
Very Dutch landscape
Very Dutch landscape
The church of Vorden
The church of Vorden
Hackfort Castle
Hackfort Castle
The hike through the lands around …
The hike through the lands around…
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photo by: mdalamers