Wooden shoes trails are fun! I like wooden shoes trails so much that I have already chosen another one. In this blog, just a short description of the trail (a trail shortener 😉), 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 chose the Nywele trail.

Sketch thistle on the Nywele trail
Sketch thistle on the Nywele trail

My experience

The Nywele trail can be found near the towns of Nieuwaal and Gameren in the Bommelerwaard region in the province of Gelderland in the Netherlands. The wooden shoes trail is 14 km long and can be shortened to 10 km. Strangely enough, despite the chosen trail shortener, I count 16 km! I think for the shorter trail, you have to skip the town of Gameren.

The official starting point is at the Waalbandijk in Nieuwaal (hence the name Nywele trail). There is another starting point in Gameren and I start there myself because it is quicker to reach by public transport (from Zaltbommel).

At Gameren, I go straight up the dike and walk between some sheep. On my right is the Waal river. The river is hidden from view by the wooded floodplains. It’s a pity that the trail doesn’t go through the floodplains here. On my left, I look over the roofs of the houses in Gameren and not much later, over greenhouses and farmfields.

Closer to Nieuwaal, I have beautiful views over the Waal river as well. At the edge of Nieuwaal on the dike is a produce stall with all kinds of vegetables and jars of spreads for sale. I take a jar of chutney for myself.

A little later, I get to walk through the floodplain after all, right past all kinds of little Waal beaches. Below is a video of such a beach.

Video of Waal beaches on the Nywele trail

Video Nywele trail

After a while, I walk towards the Waalbandijk again, but not before passing through the beautiful Bremwaard nature reserve. In the distance, I see a herd of cows enjoying themselves on the beach. What a lovely sight!

Back on the Waalbandijk, there is a transfer trail to the Jorden trail. I recently wrote a blog about this wooden shoes trail.

Trail guide about wooden shoes trails

Then it’s time for the inevitable fields. It’s not called a wooden shoe trail for nothing! The fields are interspersed with brushwood groves where I also encounter cute pony friends.

As a bonus, there are two nature reserves through which the trail passes: Boterkampen and Lieskampen. Boterkampen is a fairly young nature reserve consisting mainly of marshlands, hay meadows, brook forests and wetlands. Grassland birds will have a great time here.

After the nature reserve, I am led to the Zeedijk. Here is also a transfer trail located, but to this time to the Hamaritha trail. I have not hiked this trail yet, but it is at the top of my hiking list.

Nature reserve Lieskampen is up next. I walk along grassy paths and cross cute little bridges. It is said that there are many butterflies and dragonflies here. Unfortunately, I only see the standard cabbage whites and atalanta butterflies. In the nature reserve, I can choose for the trail shortener back to Gameren and I do. In my opinion, the trail is not shorter. In fact, I count 16 km, while the trail would be 14 km even without the trail shortener. In Gameren, I have to wait a while for the bus.

The photos

Final thoughts

Like most of the Wooden shoes trails I’ve hiked so far, the Nywele trail surprised me too. The river region in the Netherlands never attracted me that much, but these fun trails have totally changed my mind.

If, like me, you like lots of variety, beautiful vistas and special nature reserves, this trail is just for you!

More info:

Trail: Wooden shoes trail Nywele trail
Where: Nieuwaal and Gameren, Gelderland, the Netherlands.
No. of km: 14 km (16 km myself)
Hiking date: 22 July 2022
Materials used in illustration: little sketch with graphite pencil
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Super Hike Wooden shoes trail: Nywele trail
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