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Maarten van Rossumpad – hiking from 's-Hertogenbosch to Steenwijk

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Maarten van Rossumpad – hiking from 's-Hertogenbosch to Steenwijk

Hiking Collection by Pauline van der Waal

24

Tours

105:41 h

257 mi

4,625 ft

Just to clear things up: No, this long-distance walk is not named after the Dutch historian, writer, and TV presenter known for his gruff appearance. In fact, the Maarten van Rossumpad (Maarten van Rossum Trail) is named after a 16th-century army captain who served the duchy of Guelders, a historical region in the north-east of the Netherlands. The path, also known as LAW 4, follows in his footsteps from the city of 's-Hertogenbosch to Steenwijk.

The Maarten van Rossumpad is made up of 384 kilometres (238 miles) divided into 23 stages. You may have noticed that there are actually 24 stages in this Collection. Stage 3A serves as an alternative to stage 3. Each day, you walk an average of around 15 to 20 kilometres (9.3 - 12.4 miles) although there are some shorter and longer stages.

The route starts in the province of North Brabant and brings you through the forelands of Maas and Waal. The footpath passes through the regions of Betuwe, Bommelerwaard, and Tielerwaard as it explores the hills, forests, and heaths of the Veluwe.

Further on, you walk through the historic region of Salland and along the Vecht River towards the moors of Overijssel and the natural landscape of Drenthe. You experience the diverse scenery in the Netherlands, both in towns and villages en route and in nature. On the way, you visit lots of landmarks dating back to the era of Maarten van Rossum, such as castles, fortresses, hunting grounds, and nature reserves that are hundreds of years old.

The Maarten van Rossum path starts in the beautiful city of 's Hertogenbosch and ends in Steenwijk in Overijssel. The route begins next to a train station, so you can conveniently travel by rail. Zaltbommel, Rhenen, Ede-Wageningen, Oosterbeek, Arnhem, Rheden, Zwolle, Dalfsen, Ommen and Steenwijk can also be reached by train. Many of the stage towns are also connected by bus.

If you walk several stages in a row, you can spend the night in the towns and villages en route. There are campsites, B&Bs and other accommodation options available. However, it’s worth booking in advance, especially in the smaller towns, to avoid disappointment.

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Maarten van Rossumpad (LAW 4)

49.3 mi

450 ft

475 ft

Last updated: December 17, 2021

Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    04:18
    10.6 mi
    2.5 mph
    100 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This very first stage of the Maarten van Rossumpad starts at the station of beautiful 's Hertogenbosch. You walk into the old center in a few minutes, with the beautiful centuries-old houses, small alleys, cozy terraces and of course the famous water of the Dieze. You will soon see the 73-meter-high

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  • Intermediate
    04:10
    10.3 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Today's stage largely follows the course of the Maas. You start today in Oud-Empel. The name Empel will ring a bell with the seasoned motorist in the contraction Knooppunt Empel. Not surprising that you cross the A2 shortly after the start. Yet you quickly leave the crowds behind and follow the border

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  • Intermediate
    03:31
    8.65 mi
    2.5 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The third stage of the Maarten van Rossumpad starts in the village that bears his name. The army commander was not only born in this village, he was brought back here after his death.

    Shortly after the start of your walk you will walk past the Slot van Rossum, which previously served as a town hall.

    

    As

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  • Intermediate
    03:23
    8.32 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Huh, stage 3A? The Maarten van Rossumpad consists of 23 stages, doesn't it? That's right, but with this extra stage you can cut a bit. Or you can make an extra garland. Because in the official route, stage three runs from Rossum to Waardenburg and stage four then runs from Waardenburg to Waddenooijen

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  • Difficult
    05:40
    13.9 mi
    2.5 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The fourth stage of the Maarten van Rossumpad is a tough one with 22.5 kilometers, but also a beautiful one. You have barely left Waardenburg when you come to Kasteel Waardenburg, close to the banks of the Waal. An oldie, because the foundation date of the castle is August 5, 1265.

    

    A little further on

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  • Intermediate
    04:44
    11.7 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you followed the Maas and the Waal in previous stages of the Maarten van Rossumpad, during the fifth stage it is time for smaller rivers. Today it is the Linge. From Waddenoijen you quickly cross the Linge and after crossing the highway and the railway you soon follow the meandering course of the

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  • Difficult
    05:13
    12.9 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The starting point of the sixth stage of the Maarten van Rossumpad is Ravenswaaij, located on the Lek. To follow the course of the river, you cross the Amsterdam-Rhine Canal, where the Lek becomes the Nederrijn. The route takes you along the floodplains of this river and on your left you see the open

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  • Intermediate
    03:57
    9.71 mi
    2.5 mph
    100 ft
    75 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The seventh stage of the Maarten van Rossumpad is a relatively short one. With 14.5 kilometers planned for today, you have plenty of time to take a look around you.

    The start of this stage will be in the Betuwe, in Lienden to be precise. From Lienden you walk towards Kesteren, from where you have a good

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  • Intermediate
    04:34
    11.0 mi
    2.4 mph
    300 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage number eight starts on the outskirts of Wageningen. You immediately leave the built-up area of the city and follow the Maarten van Rossumpad in the direction of the Wageningen Floodplains. You walk to the banks of the Nederrijn and follow the route that bends again, so that from the Arboretum Belmonte

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  • Intermediate
    03:41
    8.76 mi
    2.4 mph
    350 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The ninth stage of the Maarten van Rossumpad is one with many highlights. You start in the village of Heelsum with the recognizable church. This reformed church stands on a mound and was built there at the beginning of the sixteenth century. By the way, here a mound is called a hamlet.

    

    After cleaning

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  • Intermediate
    04:11
    9.77 mi
    2.3 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage ten of the Maarten van Rossumpad takes you from Oosterbeek to Rozendaal via Arnhem. In addition to nature, you also see quite a lot of cities today. The first part of the route runs through the green Mariëndaal. The path you follow is therefore significantly called the Groene Bedstee and looks

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  • Intermediate
    04:33
    10.6 mi
    2.3 mph
    575 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The eleventh stage of the Maarten van Rossumpad runs entirely through the Veluwezoom National Park. You start your walk in Rozendaal, near Arnhem. Except at the start and end point, you will encounter little or no buildings. Moreover, you will only meet hikers and perhaps a lost cyclist.

    

    After only a

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  • Intermediate
    04:08
    10.0 mi
    2.4 mph
    225 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Laag-Soeren you will leave the wooded area of the Veluwezoom National Park on this twelfth stage. During your route along Eerbeek towards Beekbergen you will see more open landscape, although you will also walk a few pieces through forest.

    

    Soon you will cross a single lane track. This is the tourist

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  • Intermediate
    03:59
    9.53 mi
    2.4 mph
    350 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This thirteenth stage of the Maarten van Rossumpad starts in Beekbergen and more or less curves around Apeldoorn. Immediately after the start you walk through green and open meadow landscape.

    

    Nevertheless, after Kasteel Spelderholt you quickly dive into the woods and follow a dead straight path to begin

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  • Difficult
    03:38
    8.73 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Stage number 14 of the Maarten van Rossumpad is one with a royal edge. For example, the route runs along the Crown Estate Het Loo and Paleispark het Loo. The first kilometers lead through beautiful wooded area and you can look your eyes at the beautiful houses that are here.

    

    After a few kilometers, Paleis

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  • Difficult
    05:55
    14.4 mi
    2.4 mph
    275 ft
    225 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Get ready for the longest stage of the Maarten van Rossumpad. If you run the fifteenth stage from start to finish, you have no less than 25 kilometers on the clock. Also keep in mind in your planning that public transport is not optimal at the starting point, but certainly at the end point. Leave early

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  • Intermediate
    03:20
    8.12 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The sixteenth stage of the Maarten van Rossumpad is a nice mix between walking through the woods and human construction. You start your route at the Zwolse Bos and you set course towards the Tonnenberg. You walk via Landgoed Petrea along the Witte Berg and leave the forest at Wapenveld.

    

    Soon you will

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  • Intermediate
    03:57
    9.66 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The seventeenth stage starts in the Hanseatic city of Hattem. From the starting point you walk directly out of Hattem on the north side, but if you have time to spare, I recommend that you visit the town. For example, take a walk to the marina or view the old center.

    

    When you start the actual walk today

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  • Intermediate
    04:58
    12.1 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The almost twenty kilometers long eighteenth stage of the Maarten van Rossumpad passes several beautiful country estates. If you look around you during your walk, you will understand why. The area here is beautiful because of all the greenery and tranquility, and was therefore extremely well suited to

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  • Intermediate
    04:49
    11.8 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage 19 of the Maarten van Rossumpad runs from Dalfsen to Ommen. This makes it a suitable stage to walk as a separate walk, because you can easily return to the starting point by train.

    

    The first half of the route you therefore walk more or less parallel to the track and you regularly see a train. In

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    24
  • Distance
    257 mi
  • Duration
    105:41 h
  • Elevation
    4,625 ft

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