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Schouwen-Duiveland - Zeeland - The Netherlands

Hiking route 184712

Provided by: Groots Genieten

5162 81
14.00 km
795 kcal
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The western point of Schouwen-Duiveland is an ideal walking area. The mix of cultural history, charming villages and varied nature guarantees a wonderful day out. You walk through Burgh, among other things. This town was created around a ring wall that was raised at the end of the ninth century against predatory Norsemen. A footpath leads from Kerkstraat to the burg. The courtyard has been raised and the earthen wall, including the wooden palisades, has been partially reduced. A reconstruction of an entrance gate and a second path have also been made across the bridge. It gives you a wonderful impression of what the burg must have looked like ten centuries ago! In Haamstede you walk over De Ring. At number 2 you will see the Slot Haamstede, a national monument from the thirteenth century. In 1525 the castle was almost completely destroyed by fire, after which the castle was rebuilt in the sixteenth century. The castle was last restored in 1973 and in 1981 it came into the hands of the Vereniging Natuurmonumenten. The walk takes you through the Zeepeduinen and Boswachterij Westerschouwen. It is wonderfully quiet in the Zeepeduinen. Except for the ever-present wind: you sometimes hear it whisper, but when the clouds flee in the sky above you, you know it is going to roar. A herd of about a hundred Shetland ponies graze among the dune plants to prevent the open plains from growing up. The beautiful robust horses live here in the wild. Birds such as Stonechat, meadow pipit, shelduck and curlew find a great breeding ground in this open field. In the adjacent Boswachterij Westerschouwen you walk through the largest forest in Zeeland. The forest was planted at the beginning of the twentieth century as part of the job creation. The conifers also had to capture the sand. In recent years, conifers have been felled in some places, because they extracted a relatively large amount of water from the surrounding dune. Summer oaks and birches, among other things, now grow in these places. The closer you get to the North Sea, the stronger the sound of the surf resounds. In Nieuw-Haamstede you will pass the Westerlicht tower, also known as the West Schouwen. This lighthouse dates from 1837 and is one of the largest in the Netherlands with its height of 53 meters. The lighthouse is no longer manned, the radar image is forwarded to the Kustwachtpost Ouddorp.
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