Key information: Pieterpad
- A long north-south route in the east of the Netherlands, through a wide variety of landscapes.
- Walkopedia rating83
- Natural interest13
- Human interest12
- Negative points0
- Total rating83
- Length: 492km
- Level of Difficulty: Moderate
A long north-south route in the east of the Netherlands, through a wide variety of landscapes from the flat and low and to gently rolling wood and pasture. One of the first long-distane walking routes in the Netherlands.
Walkopedia friend Muntjewerf says:
"A 492 kilometers long route along the borders of the Netherlands and Germany. You see all kinds of landscapes pass, as you walk from Maastricht (Saint Pieter "mountain") to Pieterburen (at the Waddensea)or the other way around.
Information about this path is mainly available in the Dutch language (www.pieterpad.nl). But the path is very well marked with red-white markers. In Holland it's not allowed to stay camping freestyle in the woods. But we walked the whole route (and some parts twice)without problem. We camped out all the time (in the wintertime) and never ever anybody send us away or fined us. On the contrary,several times people offered us a free stay on their premises.
It's a different way of walking, as you walk true inhabited areas on a daily basis. Really in the middle of nowhere you'll only be on certain stretches of the route. But it's a fine way of getting to know the Dutch (and some German) countryside and the people that live there!"
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COMMUNITY COMMENTS AND PHOTOS
Posted on: 10/09/2018
I walked the Pieterpad 2016, 2017, and 2018 in three segments of approximately 100mi/160kl each. I covered half of each segment with a friend and half by myself. It is an easy, flat, and well-maintained trail. You pass through farmlands, wetlands, forests, villages, and cities. You are rarely very far from a town or city; the scenery is lovely as are many of the older towns, the country manor houses, and the windmills. It is satisfying to become acquainted with a country by walking its length. The trail is the most popular in the country but never felt crowded. I stayed in a B&B or small hotel each night, all arranged ahead of time through a Dutch travel agency. There are occasional unstaffed rest places along the way, signposted RUST (it means peace and perhaps rest), which are small rooms off a school, office, or home. They were originally set up for cyclists, but welcome walkers too. They have snack foods and drinks sold on an honor system, a place to sit and eat or rest, and a bathroom. There’s also a network of inexpensive places, again originally for cyclists, to spend the night but I’m not sure of the name of the organization that prints and distributes the directory.
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