A Breath of Fresh Air in Gorp de Ley

A Nature Escape to Gorp de Ley

There’s nothing like celebrating a friend’s birthday with a delicious lunch, especially at their beautiful home! However, after all the tasty treats, it was time to stretch our legs and get some fresh air. Luckily, they had the perfect solution – a trip to Gorp de Ley, a short drive from their Tilburg home!

This stunning nature reserve, located south of the village of Goirle, felt like a world away. Our friends shared some fascinating tidbits about the area’s history. The name hints at its past, with “Gorp” being an old Dutch word for a small enclosed field. They also mentioned that Gorp en Roovert’s estate was once a hunting ground for nobility.


The show’s star was the natural beauty of the reserve Gorp de Ley. While wandering through the shaded woods and along the meandering Rovertse Leij River, we were surrounded by the calming sounds of flowing water.

We couldn’t resist stopping for a well-deserved drink at De Nieuwe Hoef. This historic 17th-century farmhouse converted into a restaurant was the perfect spot to rest and recharge. Sitting outside in the sunshine felt like an extra treat, especially after a long, wet winter.

Gorp de Ley offered a peaceful walk through the heart of the Dutch countryside with fresh air and scenic views. It was a delightful way to celebrate my friend’s special day.


Sunday, January 28, 2024


2.47 miles
3.98 km

Moving Time

0:56:37 hours


9 °C, sunny
gentle breeze