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's-Hertogenbosch to Maastricht — Pilgrim's Way part 2

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's-Hertogenbosch to Maastricht — Pilgrim's Way part 2

Hiking Collection by Pauline van der Waal

15

Tours

73:18 h

176 mi

4,950 ft

The second, or southern, part of the Pilgrim's Way starts in the beautiful Dutch city of 's-Hertogenbosch and ends 13 stages later in Maastricht. The Pilgrims' path is also known as long-distance footpath 7 (LAW 7-2).

This exceptionally varied walking route shows you all the facets of the Brabant and Limburg landscapes. Along the trail, you can see how the Catholic faith still plays a major role in these southern provinces and you’ll encounter many churches and countless chapels. As is befitting of the Catholic faith, miracles have said to have occurred often in these places.

Of course, you can turn your hiking adventure into your own pilgrimage, but simply enjoying the landscape and the beautiful history is wonderful too.

This Collection also includes a 14th and 15th stage that sends this walking route from Maastricht to Visé. It’s from here that the historic road to Santiago de Compostela in the northwest of Spain begins.

The first part of the Pilgrim's path (LAW 7-1) which runs from Amsterdam to 's-Hertogenbosch can be found in this Collection: komoot.nl/collection/1103013

Many of the stages in this Collection start at or near a train station, which makes it easy to walk an individual stage. In other cases, you can make use of a bus connection. It’s wise to check the connections beforehand, especially in the small villages where buses don’t run very often. You can also walk several stages in a row, choosing those that suit you best. In the bigger cities, there’s an enormous offering of hotels, holiday flats and B&Bs. If you start or finish in a smaller village, be sure to book your accommodation in advance. There are plenty of B&Bs along the route.

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Pelgrimspad (LAW 7-2)

175 mi

5,200 ft

5,025 ft

Last updated: December 17, 2021

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    Stage 1: 's-Hertogenbosch to Haaren — Pilgrim's path part 2

    Intermediate
    04:50
    11.8 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The first stage of the second part of the Pilgrimspad starts in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. From the central station you can walk into the historic city center of Den Bosch in a few minutes. Along the way, you will come across the statue of the city's namesake Jheronimus Bosch, just before arriving at the Cathedral

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  • Difficult
    05:08
    12.6 mi
    2.5 mph
    150 ft
    125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The second stage of part two of the Pilgrimspad starts in Haaren. From there you walk in just over 20 kilometers to Middelbeers, via a beautiful route through nature. A few hundred meters after the start you pass Castle Nemerlaer, a beautiful estate in the woods near Haaren. The straight avenues give

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  • Difficult
    05:32
    13.4 mi
    2.4 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The third stage of the Pilgrimspad starts in Middelbeers. You pass the Roman Catholic Sint-Willibrorduskerk and you set course towards the Landschotse Heide. You will soon see the viewing platform at the beginning of the heath and at the edge of the fens. During persistent drought, the pools sometimes

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  • Difficult
    06:26
    15.7 mi
    2.4 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The fourth stage of the Pilgrimspad is a tough one, with more than 25 kilometers clean on the hook. You start in the small village of Steensel, although you quickly leave the buildings behind and walk towards the forest. In this forest there are mainly conifers, although oaks are also abundant here.

    

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  • Difficult
    06:23
    15.6 mi
    2.4 mph
    250 ft
    225 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Did you think the previous stage was a big one, that is at least the same for the fifth stage of the Pilgrimspad. From the starting point at Heeze station to the end point in Maarheeze it is approximately 26 kilometers to walk. If you want to get on the train in Maarheeze, add another 2 kilometers to

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  • Intermediate
    03:45
    9.18 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Officially, the sixth stage of the Pilgrimspad starts just outside Maarheeze, in the hamlet of Hugten. When you arrive at Maarheeze train station, you are only a mile from the starting point.

    

    You cross the Hugterheide and soon see the watchtower. Next to it is the Grenskerk. At the end of the Eighty Years

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  • Intermediate
    04:25
    10.8 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage number seven of the Pilgrimspad starts at the edge of Weert. If you start at Weert station, you add a few more kilometers to the length of 17 kilometers that this stage measures.

    

    The first checkpoint you walk past is the recreation area De IJzeren Man. The area owes this special name to the steam

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  • Difficult
    05:53
    14.5 mi
    2.5 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Ready for a walk of more than 23 kilometers? You start the eighth stage of the Pilgrimspad in the Limburg village of Ell, which you will soon leave behind. You walk on unpaved paths in the direction of Hunsel, of which you can already see the church tower peeping above the trees a bit earlier. On the

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  • Intermediate
    04:50
    11.9 mi
    2.5 mph
    175 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From the starting point in Roosteren, the ninth stage of the Pelgrimspad follows the course of the Maas towards the south. This means you immediately follow the Belgian-Dutch border, although you will remain in the Netherlands for the entire walk today and do not cross that border.

    

    After about 9 kilometers

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  • Intermediate
    04:37
    10.6 mi
    2.3 mph
    625 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The tenth stage of the Pilgrim's Path lives up to its name; there are plenty of religious points along the route. This already begins with the Basilica of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart on the Oude Markt in the center of Sittard, which was the first church in the Netherlands to be elevated to a basilica

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  • Difficult
    06:17
    14.8 mi
    2.3 mph
    725 ft
    800 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The eleventh stage of the Pilgrimspad takes you from Nuth to Gulpen, which means that you are in the middle of the Limburg hills. In addition to the 23 kilometers that this route is long, you also make quite a few vertical meters.

    

    Between Nuth and Voerendaal you will come across two chapels, the Isidorus

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  • Easy
    01:54
    4.36 mi
    2.3 mph
    300 ft
    325 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    It may feel a bit unnatural. The first eleven legs of the Pilgrim's Trail ran almost due south. This twelfth stage turns in a northerly direction: from Gulpen to Schin op Geul. Don't get confused, it really makes sense.

    

    From Gulpen you follow the route towards Kasteel Wijlre. The castle is located on

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  • Difficult
    05:53
    13.7 mi
    2.3 mph
    700 ft
    800 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Despite the fact that this collection has fifteen stages, the thirteenth stage is actually the last of the Pilgrim's Path. This concludes the long-distance walk in beautiful Maastricht. If you want to go a bit further or connect to the roads to Santiago de Compostela, you also walk stages 14 and 15.

    

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  • Intermediate
    03:57
    9.22 mi
    2.3 mph
    450 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage number 14 does not connect directly to the thirteenth stage of the Pilgrimspad. The start is not in Maastricht - the end point of the Pilgrimspad - but starts in Cadier en Keer. You got through that during the previous stage, just before you set course for Maastricht. With stages 14 and 15 you

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  • Intermediate
    03:27
    7.99 mi
    2.3 mph
    475 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The fifteenth stage is the last stage on which the Dutch Pilgrim Path in Belgium connects to the roads towards Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain.

    

    From Mesch, which is just in the Netherlands, you leave in a southerly direction. After a few hundred meters you cross the border with Belgium. Borcht

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    15
  • Distance
    176 mi
  • Duration
    73:18 h
  • Elevation
    4,950 ft

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