It will only take you a quarter of an hour to cycle to Westerschouwen Forestry from Ginsterveld. A 330 ha nature reserve with lots of opportunities for recreation. Most of the area is freely accessible. Explore the area on foot, by bicycle or on horseback, it's all possible. Wheelchair users can use the special path made of stones. Further more you'll find picnic tables, bicycle parking , information tablets, a hide and two viewing towers. The forestry borders the beach partly, so after having walked or cycled all morning you could be going to the beach to walk against the wind for pleasure(uitwaaien).
On Schouwen-Duiveland you will still find many bunkers from the Second World War. The headquarters was located in the 'Slotbos Haamstede'. The coastal bunkers have almost all been lost or are buried under the high dunes. Haamstede glider airfield used to be a refuge port where motorized aircraft and scheduled services flew. The bunkers around the glider airfield, like the bunker on our site, served to defend it.
This creek area was formed after the dyke breach in 1953. The four enormous caissons that were used to close the dyke are still present. The 'Watersnoodmuseum' is located in the caissons. Almost half of the creek area consists of water. The 'Grote Kreek' is now located where the inlay used to be. Here you can swim in the creek or sunbathe along the banks of the creek. Canoeing is possible on the large creek. If you want to fish in the creek, you must be in possession of a sport fishing license and a special seasonal, weekly or day permit for the Ouwerkerk creek area. In the Creeks area, the Forestry Commission has marked two walking routes with red and white pile heads. The Creeks Route (red pile heads) is 8 kilometers long. For a shorter walk of 2.5 kilometers, follow the Oostkreekroute (white pole heads). For cyclists and horse riders, a path of approximately 2 kilometers has been constructed that leads right through the creek area from the 'Stelweg' to the small beach on the 'Oosterschelde'.
Ginsterveld is only a 10 minute drive away from the Grevelingenmeer. The Grevelingenmeer is the biggest salt water lake in Western Europe. The Grevelingenmeer offers lots of possibilities for active recreation along the shores. Canoeing, rowing, sailing, scuba diving but also a mini-cruise are recreational possibilities at the Grevelingenmeer. You can have a walk through nature there too following one of the three developed walking tracks. The lake offers many facilities like parkings, toilets and showers at the waterfront.
Oosterschelde Nationaal Park
Burgh-Haamstede borders the beautiful National Park Oosterschelde together with the seaport village of 'Burghsluis'. Every year walkers, bikers, divers and water sportsmen will be drawn to the Oosterschelde, attracted by the clear water and the beautiful nature. Professional fishermen also use this area intensely. Lobster and mussels are important products.
Ginsterveld sits close to beautiful beaches stretching out for several kilometres. The beaches are extensive, clean and divided into different types. So there are family beaches, nature beaches, (water) sports beaches and parts of beaches for nudists and extreme sports. Something for everybody.