Biesbosch National Park, The Netherlands
28.2 km, loop
submitted by: Anneleen Ophoff
pictures by: Anneleen Ophoff
Why you should do this route
You can rent canoes and kayaks at the marina that is the starting point of this loop, but beware: this route is not for the inexperienced. While the waters on the Biesbosch are always calm, the total distance of this loop will require quite some stamina.
How to follow the route
The route passes by swaths of drained and cultivated land called “polders”. At km 13, moor at a watchtower on one of such polders, Polder Turfzakken, for a view over the park. If you want to stretch your legs, follow the walking path and watch the herd of Highland cows that graze several islands in the national park.
Don’t disturb the animals: always keep 25 meters away from them and put dogs on a leash. If the herd is divided along different sides of the path, never cross in between the flock. While Highlander cows are very tolerant, they can panic and run wild when disturbed.
There are no stores in the park, nor is there a lot of water supply. Bring enough food and drinks to spend the day.
Two spots in the national park allow for wildcamping, with the route passing by one at ‘Jonge Deen‘.
Navigate with Outdoor Active
Do it yourself
Parking lot and bus stop
Get off the Pyg Track, onto Crib Goch on your right
Follow along the Miner’s Track on your right