The scenery to the north-west of Utrecht features water, meadowland and tiny villages. From short circular routes to day-long hikes: there are countless walks around the Vinkeveense Plassen nature reserve. The routes take you along meandering rivers, past old forts, and through expansive polders and boggy peat marshland. If our winters had been colder (like they used to be) you could have tried your hand at open-air skating. Park your car in Vinkeveen, where there are several options for a pitstop, including s’Anders (Herenweg 120, Vinkeveen). But you’ll also find plenty of cafés around the Vinkeveense Plassen.