Wooden shoes trails are fun! I’ve already picked out the next one. In this blog just a short description of the trail (a trail shortener 😉), a few photos and a simple sketch to illustrate. No need for a hiking map, the info on the website is clear enough.

This time a report about the Aderwinkel trail.

Sketch statue in Driebergen - Aderwinkel trail
Sketch statue in Driebergen – Aderwinkel trail

My experience

The Aderwinkel trail is about 10 km long and starts in the centre of Driebergen-Rijsenburg in the Netherlands. You follow the blue wooden shoes trail markings. There is a transfer trail to another wooden shoes trail called the Stoetwegen trail. I have made a report of this trail before. As this transfer point is at Driebergen-Zeist train station, it is a nice extra hike of about 3 km for me. In addition, the Aderwinkel trail has another starting point in Werkhoven. Parking is available at the alternative starting point and the station.

The approach trail goes through the Tempelpark with a cute little temple, along some sports fields and several community gardens to the centre of Driebergen-Rijsenburg. Not a boring start at all. At this point is the start panel, along with some other interesting hiking trails. I pass a huge sculpture with bright flowers around it. I take a photo of this sculpture from several angles.

The next section through residential areas of Driebergen is a bit dull, except for a little church in a somewhat Scandinavian architectural style. Once I turn right, it becomes a lot more enjoyable along Kloosterlaantje until you reach Broekbergen estate.

There is a majestic country house at Broekbergen estate and then the trail finally becomes a real wooden shoes trail. I walk along a woodland quay between fields and farmlands. At the end of the quay, I step over a crossing and turn left, again onto a paved road.

Trail guide about wooden shoes trails

Meanwhile, I am walking towards the Kromme Rijn river. At Beverweert estate, the trail becomes a real wooden shoe path again. I walk along a winding path through a woodland area. It is high summer, but I already encounter beautiful mushrooms. Then the path leads me through a Dutch jungle with tall reeds. The crossings over the ditch are tricky to find. Then the path turns into a grassy path along crop fields, also not bad to walk along. Beverweert estate is a very diverse place.

After the beautiful estate, I catch a glimpse of the Kromme Rijn river, but the trail sends me straight back towards Driebergen. I walk past beautiful farms and pastures, but unfortunately from now on only on paved roads.

Once in Driebergen, I do not walk back along the approach trail again, but instead take the bus to the station.

The photos

Final thoughts

The Aderwinkel trail is quite a diverse trail, with some boring parts, but also some highlights such as Broekbergen estate and Beverweert estate. All in all, a Fine hike.

Tip: Driebergen-Zeist station is a good starting point for your hiking trail. From here you can also start the lovely NS trail from Driebergen-Zeist to Maarn.

More info:

Trail: Wooden shoes trail Aderwinkel trail
Where: Driebergen-Rijsenburg, Utrecht, the Netherlands.
No. of km: 10 km, approach trail approx. 3 km
Hiking date: 29 July 2023
Materials used in illustration: little sketch with graphite pencil
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

🚌 Info public transport:
  • At approach trail: train station Driebergen-Zeist
  • At starting point: bus stop Rijsenburg, Driebergen – bus 50 between station Utrecht CS/Driebergen-Zeist and station Veenendaal De Klomp/Wageningen

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