Starts in Zetten-Andelst, ends in Rhenen
Length 17 km
I never walked this route, but it got very positive reviews.
Route starts at Nunspeet and ends in Elburg (bus station).
Length 14 km
A very nice route. It starts through the woods of the Veluwe area, half way you cross the meadows towards the "Veluwemeer", which used to be part of the IJsselmeer. The route ends in Elburg, which is a small strongholdfrom the 17th century and a nice place to be. From Elburg you need a bus to Nunspeet or Zwolle railway station (twice an hour).
Route starts in Ede-Wageningen (railway station) and ends in Wageningen (bus station).
Length 16 km
This route goes through woods, brook valleys and finally over Wageningen "Mountain" with nice views over the river Rhine. It ends in the university town Wageningen, which is dominated by the Agricultural university. Wageningen is nice but not very special. From Wageningen bus station you have frequent buses going to Ede-Wageningen railway station (bus 88 is the express bus service). It's a lovely route, especially when it's sunny and you seen the sun light playing with the leaves and brooks.
Starts in Zutphen and ends in Olst
Length 17 and 13 km
This is a two-day walk. The first day ends in Deventer, which has a large railway station, so you can walk one of the two days as well.
Zutphen and Deventer are both towns worth a short visit. The route brings you along the river IJssel, which is an off-spring of the Rhine, so part of the Rhine delta area.
It is quite easy to find your way. On the first day, you walk a large part on the summer dyke of the river Ijssel. Sometimes you walk on a road, but large parts go over the grass covered dyke. You should watch carefully where you can walk on top of the dyke. At the first day part, there is one difficult part to find your way. About 700 m after you pass the "Gemaal" you need to make a sharp turn off the road. It looks like the entrance of a meadow, but if you look carefully, you see that there is a small footpath after a fence. Then part of the route is not marked. Follow the path till a house. Then turn left twice and look for the grass dike. You continue along the river just over the dike. This part is not allowed for dogs. The dashed line on the map shows the alternative route if you bring a dog.
In Deventer you may walk under the bridge and use the ferry. Alternatively, you enter Deventer using the bridge.
Both Zutphen and Deventer are nice old towns with a long history. You may want to spend some time here.
The second day ends in Olst, which is a very small town, with a railway station at the line Zwolle-Deventer. I only walked the first day part.
Route starts in Dieren and end in Brummen
GPS route (ZIP)
I never walked this route. Half of the distance you walk through woods and low hills. The second half goes through agricultural areas with meadows, small wood. The route description is available at the railway staions of Arnhem and Zutphen. In Dieren you can get it at the postoffice (Cederlaan 25) or at Stationsplein 5 (which is at the square where the railway station is). Dieren railway station is also a station for the VSM, a museum railway with a large number of old German steam engines. Recommended for a ride to Apeldoorn, which is the other end of the line. You should check in advance for dates and departure times.
Starts in Dieren and ends in Rheden or Velp
Length 11 or 14 km
This route splits at a certain point. You can choose to go the Rheden or Velp. Both towns have a railway station.
You can obtain the route description at the railway stations Arnhem or Zuthpen. Als in the shop at the railway station Velp or in Dieren at the postoffice (Cederlaan 25) or at Stationsplein 5 (which is at the square where the railway station is). Also at the tourist office in Dieren.
The whole route consists of woods and a small area of moor. Hills from the ice age.
Route starts in Arnhem and ends in Oosterbeek or Wolfheeze
Length 10 or 18 km
This route has a large number of nice things to see and t do. So, it's a slow route which needs a lot of time. Parks, a water museum, a castle and other things. Starting in Arnhem you need to climb a lot on the hills. For the Dutch these hills are real mountains!
Starts in Arnhem, ends in Arnhem or Ede-Wageningen
Length 15 km
Users comment that the route description is of poor quality. Despite this I included the route, because it has nice views on the Rhine near Arnhem. You also pass an old castle, Doornwerth. Of course this is a real attraction. You can visit the castle in the afternoon, till 4 PM. At several places you can stop your tour and take the bus back to Arnhem. At the end point, you can go either to Arnhem or Ede-Wageningen railway station with bus line 86.
Where is it?
Gelderland is in the mid-east part of the country.
Gelderland consists of three diferent landscapes. In the South-West you find a river delta landscape, with Rhine and Maas as central elements. You find dikes, rivers, fertile clay soil. The area is called "De Betuwe". Especially in spring it is a beautiful area with lots of flourishing fruit trees. In summer you can buy cherries, apples, pears and other fruits right with the farmers.
In the North-West, is an area called "Veluwe", consisting of moors, wood and sand dunes. On the North side of the Veluwe you may find the Ijsselmeer coast, whre you can sail, swim and do other things that are water related.
The eastern area, called "Achterhoek" has a nice combination of farmland and woods. Personnally, I think this landscape is more interesting than the Veluwe.
Towns and villages
Along the river IJssel, you can find Doesburg and Zutphen as nie smaller towns.
In the Betuwe area, you find a number of smaller towns. Tiel, Geldermalsen, Zaltbommel, Culemborg. They have no special attractions, but are just nice for a short visit.
North of the Veluwe are some old towns worth visiting:
- Elburg has old fortifications.
- Harderwijk is nice, because of the Dolfinarium, a small zoo with sea anlmals. It also has some fortifications.
- Wageningen is a small student town. Also nice for a short visit.
The large towns are:
- Apeldoorn is a large town, not worth visiting.
- Arnhem is historically important, because of the Battle of Arnhem. The allied forces tried in 1944 to speed up the victory, but unfortunetaly failed.
- Nijmegen is a very old town, founded by the Romans to defend the Northern frontier. You still can see the remainders from that time. Nijmegen is also well known with hikers because of the "Vierdaagse" a large scale hiking event, where you have to walk 40 km a day during four days for a medal reward.
In the Achterhoek most towns are small, with not specific interesting points.