Wooden shoes trails are fun! I liked the first 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 hiked the most enjoyable wooden shoes trail so far: the Rhenoijsche trail.
The Rhenoijsche trail is 12 km long and officially starts from the town of Rhenoy. I myself started from Leerdam with an approach trail of about 2 km to the Diefdijk. Here I pick up the wooden shoes trail. There is also a trail shortener of 9 km. In fact, at the time of my hike, there were two trail shorteners and I took both of them. Now I see that the (for me) 1st trail shortener is considered the normal trail. I’m glad about that because that’s a bit you don’t want to miss!
At the Diefdijk, I immediately have to go down the dike and then walk a bit along the Culemborgse Vaart. The trail shortener starts on the right (now the normal trail) and I enter nature reserve de Geeren via a small fence. This is a path through an amazingly beautiful flowery grassland. Lovely to walk through here! Butterflies, bees and other insects fly, buzz and hum around me. A little later, I walk past a field where I think corn is growing.
Then follows a good stretch on the cycle path along a train track towards the Linge river. I have beautiful views over the river. On a winding road, I walk along the long Linge river to the town of Rhenoy. Along the way, I come across warehouses turned into residences. In Rhenoy is a little chapel which is open. I light a candle for my father who died last year. Special to do so on Ascension Day.
I arrive at the official starting point in Rhenoy with info panel of the Rhenoijsche trail. You can understand where the name of this path comes from. Next to it is another info panel with even more hiking trails in Betuwe Poort Rhenoy.
Now I am entering familiar territory. This is where I hiked a section of the Great rivers trail before, but in the opposite direction. I go through a nature reserve along the Linge river. In the distance, I see the little church of Rhenoy, which I also saw on the Great rivers trail. The church turns out not to belong to Rhenoy at all, but to another town called Gellicum.
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At a nice view over the Linge river, I take a break. A fellow hiker asks if I’m also hiking the wooden shoes trail. Well, indeed, and I am enjoying it to the full! Later, I will meet her again. Because of the trail shortener then in the opposite direction.
At Acquoy, I make my own little detour through the town to walk past the leaning church. After the tour around the church, I return to Leerdam via the 2nd (now the only) trail shortener. This part is a bit boring though, so I recommend not taking this shortener at all. It’s better to walk the whole trail via Asperen. I had skipped this part myself because I had already been here with the Great rivers trail and I thought the ‘short trail’ was already long enough. At the Diefdijk, I once again follow the approach trail (or return trail) to Leerdam.
I found the Rhenoijsche trail a wonderful hike. I intensely enjoyed the beautiful flowery grassland, the mighty beautiful river Linge, and the lovely towns of Rhenoy and Acquoy.
If you don’t mind walking mostly paved, this wooden shoes trail is an excellent trail.
Tip: do this hike during the blossom season (late April is the best time, I speak from experience), this path is even more beautiful when the fruit trees are in bloom.
More info:Trail: Wooden shoes trail Rhenoijsche trail
Where: Rhenoy, Gelderland, the Netherlands.
No. of km: 12 km
Hiking date: 26 May 2022
Materials used in illustration: little sketch with graphite pencil
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More hiking along the long Linge river
On the long-distance trail (LAW 6) the Great rivers trail, I have come across the beautiful river Linge more often. Below are some blogs where I have seen this long Linge river before:
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