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Along the Zeeland Coast — part 1: Dutch Coastal Path (formerly Deltapad)

Hiking Collection by Pauline van der Waal

15

Tours

73:29 h

180 mi

1,950 ft

The name Dutch Coastal Path speaks for itself. In 11 stages, you walk from the town of Sluis, near the Belgian border, all the way to the Hook of Holland by following the Dutch coastline for almost the entire way.

This Collection contains the stages belonging to the first part of the Dutch Coastal Path, an extra walk around Lake Veere, and three more stages that’ll take you from Goedereede to Bergen op Zoom. The other way around, from Bergen op Zoom to Goedereede and then left to Sluis, or right to the Hook of Holland is doable if that suits you better. In total, this Collection consists of 15 Tours.

The Dutch Coastal Path part 1 (LAW 5-1, (210 km/130 mi)) follows the rugged coastline of Zeeland and South Holland. Between Sluis and the Hook of Holland, you walk over high dune tops, along wide beaches, through old villages and towns, and of course, along the Delta Works. The Dutch Coastal Path part 1 is also part of the GR 5, the long-distance route to Nice in France.

Decide in advance whether you want to walk a single stage, or whether you would prefer to make it a multi-day Tour. Some start and end points are easily accessible by public transport, but this is certainly not true for all of them. The same is true for accommodation. In the coastal towns of Zeeland there are plenty of hotels, B&Bs, apartments and campsites, but you will need to book these in advance, especially in summer. It can be more difficult to find a place to stay in other sections. Be sure to check this out before you start walking.

Part 2 of the Dutch Coastal Path can be found here: komoot.nl/collection/1367304/van-hoek-van-holland-naar-den-oever-nederlands-kustpad-deel-2

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    Intermediate
    03:34
    8.75 mi
    2.5 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The first stage of the Dutch Coastal Path part 1 starts in the town of Sluis, all the way in the south of Zeeland, near the Belgian border. Sluis is an old fortified town and the first meters of this 14 kilometer long stage you walk over the ramparts and past old city gates. Moreover, Sluis has the only Dutch town hall with a belfry, a Flemish clock tower.

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  • Difficult
    09:00
    22.0 mi
    2.4 mph
    325 ft
    325 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 second leg of the Dutch Coastal Path is quite a tough one. There is no less than 35 kilometers on the schedule, although that does include the ferry crossing from Breskens to Vlissingen. If you think that's too much for one day, you can of course choose to divide the stage in two.During this stage you hardly deviate …

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  • Intermediate
    03:51
    9.44 mi
    2.5 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The third stage of the Dutch Coastal Path starts in Zoutelande, enthusiastically sung by BLØF and the Flemish Geike Arnaert. You will probably spend the rest of the day with the song 'Zoutelande' in your head. A shame, because you come across so many other beautiful places during your walk.Today you walk around the western tip of Walcheren and …

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  • Difficult
    05:29
    13.4 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In stage number 4 of the Dutch Coastal Path part 1, a watery walk of over 21 kilometers awaits you. You start in the cozy seaside resort of Domburg in Zeeland and from there you walk through the remains of the coastal forest, which was already planted here at the beginning of the 17th century.The forest is also called …

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  • Intermediate
    03:25
    8.29 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The starting point of Stage 5 of the Dutch Coastal Path is at Deltapark Neeltje Jans, located in the heart of the Oosterscheldekering. You can easily reach the entrance of Neeltje Jans by bus and start your walk from there.It is impossible to walk the wrong way, because you walk parallel to the national road in the direction of …

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  • Intermediate
    04:48
    11.8 mi
    2.5 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The starting point of the sixth stage of the Dutch Coastal Path is on the edge of Burgh-Haamstede. You walk directly from this cozy seaside resort into the woods and dunes. Unwind in the wooded area where you only hear the rustling of the wind and waves. If you want, grab a stretch of beach before making a short visit to the next seaside resort: Renesse.

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  • Difficult
    05:23
    13.3 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    100 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    You depart in this seventh stage of the Dutch Coastal Path from Port Zélande at the Brouwersdam. The first part you walk with the North Sea on your left and the Grevelingenmeer on your right. You are now on Goeree-Overflakkee and you will pass a bomb shelter that was built here to shelter from the bombs from the war.At …

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  • Intermediate
    03:38
    8.91 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The start of stage number 8 of the Dutch Coastal Path is in Goedereede. From there you set course in the direction of the Kwade Hoek nature reserve. De Kwade Hoek belongs to the Dunes of Goeree and owes its name to the treacherous current and many sandbanks that have sunk many ships.If you have enough time, you can …

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  • Difficult
    05:19
    13.1 mi
    2.5 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In the ninth stage of the Dutch Coastal Path you walk more than half of the 21 kilometers through forest and dunes. A beautiful walk to relax and enjoy the nature on the coast.You start on the edge of the coastal town of Rockanje on Voorne-Putten and you almost immediately walk into the forest. You follow the curve of …

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  • Intermediate
    04:45
    11.7 mi
    2.5 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The tenth stage of the Netherlands Coastal Path is very different from the previous stages. Did you walk through vast polders, wide beaches and quiet forests, today you walk into the busy port area of Rotterdam.You start on the edge of the historic fortified town of Brielle and cross the water. You walk parallel to the Rijksweg A15 until …

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  • Intermediate
    03:43
    9.11 mi
    2.5 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You start this eleventh stage of the Dutch Coastal Path on the edge of Maassluis. From there you walk directly parallel to the Nieuwe Waterweg, where ships come and go to and from the port of Rotterdam.In the distance you can see the special bridge over the Hoekse Lijn, the railway line between Schiedam Centrum station and Hoek van …

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  • Intermediate
    03:52
    9.51 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    100 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The official Dutch Coastal Path part 1 has 11 stages. This twelfth stage has been added as a summer route around Lake Veere. The Veerse Meer was created when the water was closed off from the North Sea by the Delta Works and now consists of brackish water.This tour around the Veerse Meer starts on the east side of …

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  • Intermediate
    04:39
    11.5 mi
    2.5 mph
    50 ft
    25 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The official route of the Dutch Coastal Path runs in eleven stages from Sluis - close to the Belgian border - to Hoek van Holland. However, there is also a branch from Goedereede in the direction of Bergen op Zoom. This thirteenth stage describes the route from Goedereede to Herkingen.You largely follow the course of the Grevelingenmeer. Look around …

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  • Difficult
    05:58
    14.8 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In this 24 kilometer long fourteenth stage of the Dutch Coastal Path, there is hardly a moment that you do not have a view of water.You start at the village of Herkingen and walk directly parallel to the vast Grevelingenmeer until you arrive at the Grevelingendam. Turn left over the Philipsdam that separates the sweet Volkerak-Zoommeer from the salty Oosterschelde.

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  • Difficult
    06:05
    14.9 mi
    2.4 mph
    250 ft
    200 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The fifteenth and last stage of the Dutch Coastal Path ends in North Brabant. But before that, you still have about 15 miles to go. From the starting point in Nieuw Vossemeer, you follow the Scheldt-Rhine Canal via a footpath outside the dikes. A little later you meander through fields and meadows towards Halsteren.Make a stop at the Pompejus …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    15
  • Distance
    180 mi
  • Duration
    73:29 h
  • Elevation
    1,950 ft

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