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Floris V-pad long-distance hike – Dutch History on LAW 1-3

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Floris V-pad long-distance hike – Dutch History on LAW 1-3

Hiking Collection by Pauline van der Waal

10-21

days

3-6 h

/ day

160 mi

1,300 ft

1,300 ft

Also known as LAW 1-3, the Floris V-pad is a long-distance hiking trail from Amsterdam to Bergen op Zoom. The route is named after Floris V, the count of Holland and Zeeland, who lived from 1254 until 1296. In total, the route covers 250 kilometres (155 mi) over 13 stages.
The Floris V-pad is the southernmost part of the LAW 1, leading from the Wadden Sea to the Oosterschelde.

This hike takes you through typical Dutch landscapes with meadows, fields, old roads and towpaths. You pass many historic fortified towns such as Kockengen, Oudewater, Schoonhoven and Willemstad. Most of the stages are around 20 kilometres (12.4 mi) or sometimes slightly longer.

You can reach the start and endpoints by train from a number of places, although sometimes you have to ride a little longer to get to the station. There are train stations in Weesp, Breukelen, Woerden, Dordrecht-Stadspolders and Bergen op Zoom. There are bus connections in most places too. It’s a good idea to check the timetables in advance as the bus lines are not always frequent.

If you walk several stages in a row, you can find accommodation in almost all places. Again, find out in advance because, especially in the small towns, hotels and guesthouses are scarce. Sometimes you can also camp nearby.

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Floris V-pad (LAW 1-3)

157 mi

1,325 ft

1,300 ft

Last updated: December 17, 2021

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    Etappe 1: van Amsterdam naar Weesp – Floris V-pad

    Intermediate
    04:18
    10.5 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The first leg of the Floris V path starts in the center of Amsterdam, on Dam Square to be more precise. That is only a five-minute walk from Central Station and today you also end up at a train station, namely that of Weesp. If you want to run this Tour as a separate stage, you can leave your car at

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  • Difficult
    05:25
    13.3 mi
    2.5 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The second stage of the Floris V path runs through a typical Dutch landscape. You are in Weesp at the station and in this fortified town you walk past windmill De Onrust. As soon as you have crossed the track, keep following the winding course of the Vecht until you arrive at the very straight outlet

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  • Intermediate
    04:46
    11.7 mi
    2.5 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    This 19 kilometer long third stage of the Floris V trail is a watery one. For the majority of your walk you will walk along or even through the Kortenhoefse and Loosdrechtse Plassen. The narrow path that runs right through the lakes is special, and is part of the route.

    

    You start the walk in Kortenhoef

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  • Difficult
    05:11
    12.8 mi
    2.5 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Ferry
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    During the fourth stage of the Floris V-pad you see a lot of greenery, because you walk right through the Green Heart. You start your walk in Nieuwer Ter Aa, just west of the A2. If you come by public transport, get off at Breukelen station and continue until you are on the Tour route.

    

    The first part

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  • Intermediate
    03:06
    7.65 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    50 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage five of the Floris V trail gives you a glimpse into history. Our Floris V, the namesake of this long-distance hiking trail, once took Woerden. And Woerden is the starting point of this stage. You walk through the medieval center, with the two landmarks of the city: Woerden Castle and the Heilige

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  • Intermediate
    04:10
    10.3 mi
    2.5 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The sixth stage of the Floris V path runs from Oudewater to Schoonhoven in approximately 17 kilometers. You start in the picturesque Oudewater, with its small streets and canals. It's only a small town, so you'll soon be walking along the Hollandsche IJssel and looking out over the vast green meadows

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  • Difficult
    05:31
    13.6 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    100 ft
    Ferry
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The first few kilometers you already see a lot of highlights of this route. You start in picturesque Schoonhoven, where you can spend some time. But don't linger too long, because you have more than 20 kilometers ahead of this seventh stage of the Floris V path.

    

    So cross the Lek and take a trip to Nieuwpoort

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  • Difficult
    05:34
    13.7 mi
    2.5 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The absolute highlight of the eighth stage of the Floris V path is of course the UNESCO World Heritage Kinderdijk with its windmills from the 18th century. And you don't have to wait long for it, because from the starting point in Nieuw-Lekkerland you walk directly into the bosom area of Kinderdijk

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  • Intermediate
    04:57
    12.2 mi
    2.5 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage nine of the Floris V path runs along the edge of the island of Dordrecht and largely along the Nieuwe Merwede. You start this walk of about 20 kilometers on the east side of the city, along the Wantij. You follow the Zeedijk to the Kop van 't Land. From here you can see the Biesbosch on the other

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  • Difficult
    06:21
    15.7 mi
    2.5 mph
    100 ft
    75 ft
    Ferry
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    With more than 25 kilometers, stage 10 of the Floris V-pad is a tough walk. But also a beautiful one, because you walk through the unique Hoeksche Waard. Meadows, fields, small villages and nature reserves, you will come across it all from the starting point at the Kiltunnel to Numansdorp. From which

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  • Difficult
    05:57
    14.6 mi
    2.5 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    During this eleventh stage of the Floris V-pad you walk through both South Holland and North Brabant. You start in Numansdorp in the Hoeksche Waard and end 23.5 kilometers further in Dinteloord.

    

    From the center of Numansdorp you set course for the Hollandsch Diep. Be sure to take some time to absorb the

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  • Intermediate
    04:51
    12.0 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage number 12 of the Floris V-pad runs through the Brabant countryside from Dinteloord to Steenbergen. During your walk you often follow along the water. In the beginning you can see the Noord Volkerak in the distance and you walk along the Dintelse Gorzen.

    

    A little further on you cross the Benedensas

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  • Intermediate
    04:59
    12.2 mi
    2.4 mph
    200 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage number 13 is the last of the stages of the Floris V path. Just under 20 kilometers to go and you've had the entire long-distance hiking trail. You start the walk in Steenbergen and head south. After about 4 kilometers you will come across the former castle Padmos.

    

    A little further on you walk through

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    13
  • Distance
    160 mi
  • Duration
    65:06 h
  • Elevation
    1,300 ft1,300 ft

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