Pieterpad Etappe 21: Swolgen - Venlo
Includes a ferry crossing
Check ferry timetable.
Includes an off-grid segment
Navigation instructions may be limited.
Pauline van der Waal planned a hike.
September 16, 2020
From Swolgen you walk into the forest. At first they are overgrown drifting dunes with heather remnants and then a bit lower you walk along another old Maasarm. Over platforms along still water and inaccessible swampy forests; a flat jungle where the beaver now has a nice place to live. You follow the former river bend to the meadows around Zwaanenheike. It is completely rural again with tree and shrub nurseries and especially roses. This is the rose region of our country with Lottum as the center. In the direction of Grubbenvorst you walk between asparagus fields. Grubbenvorst is the center of Limburg's "white gold" with annual competitions asparagus disputes. You cross the Maas here to Velden and then, surprisingly, you walk through the floodplains close to the river to the center of Venlo. There is a dry alternative at high tide in the Maas.
September 19, 2020