Pieterpad Etappe 4: Zuidlaren - Rolde
Pauline van der Waal planned a hike.
September 16, 2020
The fourth stage of the Pieterpad starts next to the church of Zuidlaren, where the third stage has ended. Today there are 17.5 kilometers on the program, so you have more time to take a break or take a look around you. Before we visit the countryside again, you first walk past 'Dennenoord', the well-known psychiatric hospital in Zuidlaren.The hospital used to be known under the name De Vereeniging for the Christian Care of Insane and Nervous Sufferers in the Netherlands. Just stand on it. A number of interesting books have been published about Dennenoord. Worth putting in your backpack. Before Dennenoord was opened in 1895, there were only "insane asylums". Here the idea was first suggested that the mentally ill should be cared for and nursed. Dennenoord was a self-sufficient community. It was a small village with lots of greenery, cattle, a bakery, a butcher and even its own cemetery.When you leave Zuidlaren, you walk towards the Drentsche Aa, formerly the source of clean water for the city of Groningen. You walk through farmland and through the brook valley of the Aa. This is a historically rich and important place. The stream valley has the best preserved village landscape in Western Europe and many prehistoric monuments, such as ancient burial mounds, hunebeds and gallows mountains.This stage is a walk through typical Drenthe landscape. Blown up dunes, a hunebed near Gasteren, small farming villages. The last part is the heathland area of the Balloërveld. With a bit of luck you will see the flock of sheep that keeps the heather an open area here. The end point is in Rolde, whose church tower can be seen a few kilometers earlier. There are a few B & Bs in Rolde, or overnight at Camping De Weyert.
September 17, 2020