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Hiking map Southern Waterline trail Halsteren - Steenbergen - Fort Henricus
Blog Hiking & painting Southern Waterline trail Wonderful hikes (5 stars)

Southern Waterline trail: from Halsteren to Steenbergen (and Blauwe Sluis to Fort Henricus) – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I divided the trail of the Southern Waterline between Halsteren and Steenbergen in the Netherlands into two parts, so that I could make a side trip to Blauwe Sluis. This place is outside the trail, but worthwhile for a visit because of the longest picnic bench and fishing jetty in the Netherlands, as well as bird watching hut de Roode Weel. The first part goes from Halsteren to the outskirts of Steenbergen and the second part from Blauwe Sluis to Fort Henricus and town of De Heen.

Hiking map Great rivers trail Nijmegen - Duivelsberg
Blog Great rivers trail Hiking & painting Wonderful hikes (5 stars)

Great rivers trail: from Nijmegen to Duivelsberg – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Today is the big day: I will complete my first long-distance hiking trail in the Netherlands. Well, the Dutch part, because the Great rivers trail goes even further into Germany towards Kleve. I start in Nijmegen and leave the great rivers behind me. I seek higher ground in the fantastic Berg and Dal region. My finish line is at the Duivelsberg (Devil’s Mountain), where long distance trail 16 the Roman Limespad also ends.

Hiking map Great rivers trail Ochten - Hemmen - Herveld-Zuid
Blog Great rivers trail Hiking & painting Super hikes (4 stars)

Great rivers trail: from Ochten to Hemmen and Herveld-Zuid – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

It is once again time for a hike on the Great rivers trail. Moreover, I want to complete all parts of this path on Dutch soil this year (2021). So the upcoming blogs are all about this long-distance trail. This time, I have combined two shorter sections (of about 11 km) into one blog post. Two separate blog posts seemed a bit redundant. These two sections go from Ochten to Hemmen and from Hemmen to Herveld-Zuid. All sorts of towns that mean nothing to me beforehand and which are all located near great river the Waal.

Sketch trees along the Noordzijdsekade on Duck decoy trail
Blog Hiking & painting Wooden shoes trails

Wooden shoes trail: Duck decoy trail – ⭐⭐⭐

Wooden shoes trails are fun! I liked the first wooden shoes trail trail I hiked so much that I quickly picked another one. In this blog, just a brief description of the trail, a few photos and a simple sketch to illustrate. Nothing more. No need for a hiking map, the info on the website is clear enough. This time I hiked the Eendenkooienpad (Duck decoy trail).

Illustration Green Heart
Blog Green Heart hikes Hiking & painting

Overview hiking trails in the Green Heart

In September 2021, I completed the last hike from the booklet Green Heart trails of the ANWB. This booklet contains 43 round trails in the Green Heart region in the Netherlands. The booklet is no longer for sale and the hexagonal ANWB trail markings are outdated or no longer present everywhere, but the trails can still be hiked and found here and there on the internet. Therefore, I created an overview of where you can find these trails online. I also describe a top 5 of favourite hiking trails from this booklet.

Hiking map Zwanburger trail
Blog Green Heart hikes Hiking & painting Super hikes (4 stars)

Hiking in the Green Heart: Zwanburger trail – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The time has come, the very last hike from the Green Heart hikes booklet: the Zwanburger trail in Warmond in the Netherlands. I have not been able to do this trail before, during the corona crisis the foot ferry, which you use to cross the lake ‘t Joppe twice, was taken out of service. But this year (2021) it departs again and I can still do the last trail. The trail is in two parts, though, because of course something went wrong again. In short: I had missed the foot ferry, I had to wait for 45 minutes in the scorching sun for the next departure. I therefore went back a second time.