There is a long distance route in the Netherlands, that starts in the very north of the country and ends in the south at the Belgian border. 459 kilometres of walking on the most beautiful paths this country has to offer. It’s my dream to walk the complete 459 km one day, but my current schedule doesn’t allow for 20-30 days of hiking. The guide’s been in my book case for a while now, and I keep seeing it and feeling sad I can’t do it.
But I CAN do parts of it, of course. So that’s what we did, my friend Christine and I. We started early afternoon on a Wednesday, after my appointments of that day. We drove to a forest somewhere near Borger (Drenthe, north of the Netherlands) and parked the car. We then hiked 22-23 kilometres through forest, passing heather fields and little lakes. We climber a tower that allowed us to have a 360 degrees view over the beautiful landscape, and passed the big radio telescopes of Westerbork.
At the end of the day, we arrived at a lovely campsite called Thyencamp, in Laaghalen. The owners gave us a warm welcome and we pitched up our tent at a spot that was all ours. We enjoyed wraps, beans and crisps for diner (Christine’s input) and played Mastermind until sunset (this is a game I will never ever buy because I just couldn’t do it without Christine giving me hints 😉 ).
After a long night’s sleep, I woke up a biiit later than planned. The owner of the campsite drove us to a town called Rolde, from where it was a shorter walk back to the car. About 26 hours after I left home, I returned, to work some more in the afternoon, feeling so much more relaxed and happy!