HIKING TRAILS THE NETHERLANDS, noaberpad

Between the North Sea and the Rhine river

The Noaberpad (Noaber is - in dialect -  the word for neighbor, so it means “the path of the neighbors) is a 415 km. long distance way marked trail between Nieuweschans (Netherlands) and Emmerich or Kleve (Germany). Between the North Sea and the Rhine river. The trail follows and crosses the border. It runs through the most sparsely populated areas of both countries. Already for centuries people lived here as real neighbors, border or no border, despite (political) barriers. The dialects on both sides of the border are almost identical.
Getting there: a flight to Amsterdam, (and/or) the train to Groningen (about 2,5 hrs)  and the local train to Nieuweschans (45 min.). The trail starts at the Nieuweschans train station.
Maps: Nivon, the Dutch Organization of Nature friends, offers a guide book with detailed topographic maps, the accommodation on trail and background information about the area. In Dutch. Scale: 1:25.000. 192 pages, 278 gr. About €19 in book- or map shops; or on internet (web shop).
Accommodation: see the guide book. Camping sites, B&B’s, hotels, at the farm, private pensions, whatever you want (to pay).

2005: The Noaberpad. Entire trail covers about 20 stages.
White-red marked. On trail, at different places, you can take a train or bus. To end your walk.
Height: minus 1 - 60 m. 90% of the trail is as flat as a pancake…...

farm   Boele Tijdens canal bourtange

Farm in the Achterhoek                                       Boele Tijdens canal                                          Bourtange

On trail: old fortified villages and constructions (Oudeschans, Bourtange), polders, forgotten peat moorlands, characteristic farms, woodlands.
The Zwillbrocker Venn with flamingos; highland cows (to maintain the moorlands); ducks, geese and swans……. A lot of border stones. Mansions, castles and some peat huts (museum).
As much as possible the trail avoids asphalt. So the trail follows the banks of canals, ditches and creeks (towpaths), runs across meadows and arable lands, small and wide footpaths in the forests, church paths, cycle paths and sometimes small asphalt rural roads.

A remarkable and surprising trail. Ever changing scenery. If you want to see windmills and bulb fields you are at the wrong side of the country. This trail is about the Netherlands, not Holland.

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