• Tidal walking
    Netherlands

    Mudflat hiking: must-do or nightmare from the past?

    When translating this article from Dutch into English, I realized there is no English word for the activity I’m going to tell you about, or at least, not by my knowledge. So the best I can do is “mudflat hiking” …   For most Dutch people it’s known that mudflat hiking is about: when there’s a low tide you walk and wade on on the watershed of the mudflats or a sandbar. Especially walking to one of the Dutch Wadden Islands is a very populair activity.   In May I was asked to go mudflat hiking in the northern part of The Netherlands, which is the one place in our…

  • Belgium,  Canada,  England,  Finland,  Luxembourg,  Netherlands,  New Zealand,  Poland,  We12hike

    The best destinations for newbie hikers

    So … you wanna be a hiking trail tiger? You want to go hiking but usually don’t go further than a Sunday stroll through the park? And want to see if hiking is something you would like to do with a pack on your back? Unless you want to be the next Cheryl Strayed, I would definitely recommend to prepare well for setting off on your first big hiking adventure. Sure, you can probably reach 4.200 meters on the Inca Trail or do river crossings in Iceland without practise, but if you will enjoy it, is questionable. When we started planning our multi-day treks, we made sure to hike a…

  • Mountainous Monday,  Netherlands

    Mountainous Monday: Vaalserberg – Holland’s Highest!

    As found on Wikipedia: “There is no universally accepted definition of a mountain. Elevation, volume, relief, steepness, spacing and continuity have been used as criteria for defining a mountain. In the Oxford English Dictionary a mountain is defined as “a natural elevation of the earth surface rising more or less abruptly from the surrounding level and attaining an altitude which, relatively to the adjacent elevation, is impressive or notable.” When figuring out what our next Mountainous Monday should be about, the best idea seemed our own highest mountain. However, since it’s only 322,7 meters above sealevel (yes, do note the ,7 … a very important 70 centimeters for the Dutch!) we weren’t sure…

  • Netherlands,  We12hike

    Pieterpad: Every beginning has an end …

    … AND EVERY END HAS A NEW BEGINNING!  Over the past couple of years we discovered our passion for walking. Just walking around our own town and city parks, hiking through the mountains and trekking through endless national parks, either close to home or far away. In our enthusiasm we started quite a couple of long distance tracks in our own country (and around) but without actually ever finishing one. Until last month. The time was finally here to finish Holland’s most famous long distance trail: the Pieterpad . In 2013 I already wrote a post about this epic trail that we had been following for years now (go here…