E2

Description

  1. Length of trail 4,850 km, 3,014 miles
  2. Length in days 250 days
  3. Start of trail Galway (Irl)
  4. End of trail Nice (F)
  5. Traildino grading EW, Easy walk, nature trail

E2, Pennine Way, Great Brittain

North Sea – Lake Geneva – Mediterranean Sea

Trail planned to measure 4850 km, from Galway in Ireland to Nice in southern France. However the Irish portion is as yet non-existent. The trail now starts from Stranrear in Scotland, Great Britain and runs (and is waymarked) through the Netherlands/Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland, meandering in and out of France along the way. It ends on the French Mediterranean coast in Nice.

In Britain, after leaving the Pennine range, the trail splits into 2 alternative routes: the eastern route via Harwich, and the western route via Dover. After crossing to the continent the eastern route continues in the Netherlands, the western route in Belgium. The alternatives rejoin near the Belgian town of Zoersel.

The continental part of the E2 is almost identical to the popular GR5, the trail that connects Hoek van Holland in The Netherlands to Nice in France.

The E2 is made-up of many national trails:

Ireland

  • Non-existent
  • Galway will be future start

United Kingdom

Northern Route (unofficial)

Central Route

Eastern branch

Western branch

Netherlands (Northern branch)

  • First village is Hoek van Holland
  • Deltapad (LAW 5-1), Hoek van Holland - Bergen op Zoom
  • GR5, Bergen op Zoom - Essen

Belgium

Southern branch, coming from United Kingdom

  • First village is Oostende
  • GR5a south, Oostende - Antwerpen
  • Antwerpen - Deurne, Connecting trail
  • GR565, Renier Sniederspad, Deurne - Zoersel,
  • GR5 coming from the Netherlands, Zoersel - Diest - Luik - Luxembourg

Northern branch, coming from The Netherlands

  • First village is Essen
  • GR5, Essen - Ouren
  • Last village is Ouren

Luxembourg (212 km)

  • GR5 (red paint stops)

This could be broken down to the following paths:

  • Our Path, Ouren – Diekirch. Near Hosingen, the E3 coming from the west joins the E2 / GR5
  • Maurice Cosyn Path, Diekirch – Echternach
  • Lower-Sûre Path, Echternach - Wasserbillig
  • Moselle Path, Wasserbillig – Remerschen. Here, the E3 and E2 / GR5 are separated again
  • South Path, Remerschen – Tétange / Rumelange
  • Last village is Tétange / Rumelange

France

Switzerland

France again

  • GR5
  • Nice, finish

 

Opinions

Rate 8.0 | 2 votes | No 3. in Netherlands
  • Joke ter Weele October 2011
  • Rate 8
  • Positive Well marked and laid out, through lovely woodlands, valleys and villages
  • Henk Nouws October 2011
  • Rate 8
  • Positive I walked parts in Luxembourg and France. These parts used interesting trails.
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Map

Map European Long Distance Trail E2

Map European Long Distance Trail E2

Books

De Zwerver
Netherlands
2006
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  • Buxton and Matlock, Chesterfield, Bakewell and Dove Dale
  • Map No. 119, Buxton and Matlock, in the Ordnance Survey Landranger series at 1:50,000, including Bakewell, Chesterfield, Dronfield, Clay Cross, Belper, Wirksworth, Ashbourne, Cheadle, Alton, Brailsford, Duffield, Mayfield, Hulland Ward, Tissington, Ilam, Ipstones, Waterhouses, Crich, South Wingfield, Cromford, Wetton, Warslow, Winster,... Read more
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  • Reading and Windsor
  • Map No. 175, Reading and Windsor, in the Ordnance Survey Landranger series at 1:50,000 including Slough, Maidenhead, Gerrards Cross, Beaconsfield, High Wycombe, Chalfont St. Giles, Burnham, Cookham Rise, Marlow, Lane End, Frieth, Ibstone, Northend, Nettlebed, Henley-on-Thames, Watlington, Benson, Wallingford, Woodcote, Tokers Green, Somming... Read more
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  • Lincoln and Newark-on-Trent OS ACTIVE Map
  • Map No. 121, Lincoln and Newark-on-Trent, in the waterproof and tear-resistant OS Active version of the Ordnance Survey Landranger series at 1:50,000, including Gainsborogh, Market Rasen, Hemswell Cliff, Lea, Marton, Sturton by Stow, Ingham, Faldingworth, Welton, East Barkwith, Wragby, Langworth, Scampton, Laughterton, Saxilby, Reepham,... Read more
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  • Oxford OS ACTIVE Map
  • Map No. 164, Oxford, in the waterproof and tear-resistant OS Active version of the Ordnance Survey Landranger series at 1:50,000 including Bicester, Chipping Norton, Charlbury, Witney, Woodstock, Kidlington, Abingdon, Didcot, Benson, Appleford, Drayton, Grove, Goosey, Dorchester, Burcot, Marcham, Chalgrove, Toot Baldon, Tetsworth, Fyfield,... Read more
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  • Bury St Edmunds OS ACTIVE Map
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  • Scarborough
  • Map No. 101, Scarborough, in the Ordnance Survey Landranger series at 1:50,000, including Bridlington, Carnaby, Burton Agnes, Lowthorpe, Kilham, Langtoft, Fumber, Sledmere, Wharran le Street, West Lutton, Thwing, Flamborough, Burton Flaming, Weaverthorpe, Wintringham, Wold Newton, Reighton, Hunmanby, Filey, Staxton, Sherburn, West Knapton,... Read more
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  • Lincoln and Newark-on-Trent
  • Map No. 121, Lincoln and Newark-on-Trent, in the Ordnance Survey Landranger series at 1:50,000, including Gainsborogh, Market Rasen, Hemswell Cliff, Lea, Marton, Sturton by Stow, Ingham, Faldingworth, Welton, East Barkwith, Wragby, Langworth, Scampton, Laughterton, Saxilby, Reepham, Skellingthorpe, Sutton on Trent, Collingham, Swinderby,... Read more
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  • Bury St Edmunds
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  • Wandelkaart Engeland Landranger 155 Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury & Stowmarket |
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  • Skegness and Horncastle OS ACTIVE Map
  • Map No. 122, Skegness and Horncastle, in the waterproof and tear-resistant OS Active version of the Ordnance Survey Landranger series at 1:50,000, including Louth, Mablethorpe, Spilsby, Alford, Woodhall Spa, Mareham le Fen, Stockford, Tattershall, Frithville, Sibsey, Wrangle, Eastville, Friskney, Wainfleet All Saints, Little Steeping, Burgh le... Read more
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  • Colchester OS ACTIVE Map
  • Map No. 168, Colchester, in the waterproof and tear-resistant OS Active version of the Ordnance Survey Landranger series at 1:50,000 including Burnham-on-Crouch, Hullbridge, South Woodham Ferrers, Cock Clarks, Maylandsea, Southminster, Tillingham, Bradwell on Sea, Maldon, Tollesbury, Great Totham, Tiptree, Witham, Kelvedon, Silver End, Layer de... Read more
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  • Stoke-on-Trent and Macclesfield
  • Map No. 118, Stoke-on-Trent and Macclesfield, in the Ordnance Survey Landranger series at 1:50,000, including Newcastle-under-Lyme, Forsbrook, Woore, Audlem, Aston, Madeley, Betley, Hough, Nantwich, Alsager, Kidsgrove, Endon, Cheddleton, Leek, Biddulph, Crewe, Church Minshull, Elworth, Sandbach, Congleton, Middlewich, Winsford, Holmes Chapel,... Read more
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  • Market Weighton
  • Map No. 106, Market Weighton, in the Ordnance Survey Landranger series at 1:50,000, including Goole, Snaith, Drax, Swinefleet, Winteringham, North Ferriby, Brough, South Cave, North Cave, Blacktoft, Gilberdyke, Howden, Hemingbrough, Spaldington, Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, Bubwith, Barlby, North Duffield, Ellerton, Seaton Ross, Little Weighton,... Read more
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  • Buxton and Matlock OS ACTIVE Map
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  • Stafford and Telford OS ACTIVE Map
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  • Ipswich and The Naze OS ACTIVE Map
  • Map No. 169, Ipswich and the Naze, in the waterproof and tear-resistant OS Active version of the Ordnance Survey Landranger series at 1:50,000 including Harwich, Felixstowe, Clacton-on-Sea, Frinton-on-Sea, Walton-on-the-Naze, Brightlinsea, St. Osyth, Great Bentley, Thorpe-le-Soken, Weeley, Balls Green, Great Oakley, Wix, Manningtree, Ramsey,... Read more
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  • Des de Moor 2015-08-02 09:33:54
  • No ferry between Dover and Oostende since 2003!
  • Despite what's shown above, the ferry service between Dover and Oostende hasn't operated since 2003. There is a ferry from Ramsgate, an extra walk up the coast from Dover, to Oostende, but it doesn't accept foot passengers. Your page should acknowledge this, and also suggest possible alternative routings for the E2, for example via Dover - Calais which has a very frequent ferry service (when not disrupted as at time of writing).
    • Traildino 2015-08-10 23:26:24
    • Thanks for your help. I'll change the text accordingly.
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  • urabin 2015-01-31 15:39:31
  • de Hoek van Holand à mastricht en vélo par le GR5
  • Bonjour,
    afin d'organiser mon parcours sur le gr5, j'aimerais sa voir si quelqu'un peut me renseigner?
    J'aimerais savoir si il est possible de louer un vélo à la gare de Hoek van Holland et de le rendre quelques jours plus tard à la gare de mastricht pour ensuite continuer à pied vers Nice;
    Je cherche aussi topo guide Partie hollandaise, wallonne et lux.
    Merci pour vos réponse?
    • Traildino 2015-01-31 16:30:03
    • Oui, on peux louer un "OV-fiets" a gare A, et le rendre a gare B quelques jours plus tard. Mais attention: louer un vélo implique passer une montagne de bureaucratie. Contacter le NS bien a l'avance par e-mail ou telephone: http://www.ov-fiets.nl. Les topo guides: suivre les liens ici dessous.
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  • Helen Dickson 2012-03-10 15:12:50
  • E2
  • Does anyone know of a guide book for the Netherlands and Belgium part of the E2 please? I'm hoping to walk it in 2013.
    • Henk Nouws 2012-03-11 09:47:29
    • Hi Helen. If you arrive in Hoek van Holland, you will follow the Deltapad to Bergen op Zoom. There is a Dutch Guidebook with excellent maps. Then follow the GR5. Here is the guidebook for that part: http://www.groteroutepaden.be/nl/route/45/gr-5-noordzee---middelandse-zee---deel-vlaanderen.html For the Wallonian part in Belgium, check the books section in Traildino | GR5. So: three guides.
    • Henk Nouws 2012-03-11 09:52:06
    • If you arrive in Oostende, you will follow the GR5a South to Antwerpen. You'll find the Guide in Traildino | GR5a. Check the Description section above for the connecting trails. From Zoersel onwards, you will need the two GR5 guides listed in my answer above.
      Hope this helps you out!
    • aqdennis 2013-05-08 09:38:26
    • Please note that since the end of 2012 the Dutch Deltapad (LAW 5-1) and the GR5 have been separated. The Deltapad goes from Hoek van Holland to Sluis on the Dutch-Belgium border, close to the coast. The GR5 coincides with the Deltapad until Goedereede where the GR5 goes inland to Bergen op Zoom.
      When entering Goedereede along the canal arriving at the small bridge over the canal there is no indication that this is the point where LAW 5-1 and GR5 part. There is a red/white sign going straight ahead, but this is in fact the LAW 5-1. For the GR5 turn left, following the road towards the bus stop and the main road. Close to the bus stop there is a red/white sign, but it is not specifically indicated one's now on the GR5.
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