Groene Hartpad


  1. Name Groene Hartpad (SP12)
  2. Length of trail 192 km, 119 miles
  3. Length in days 10 days
  4. Start of trail Delft
  5. End of trail Delft
  6. Traildino grading LW, Light walk, countryside walk

Groene Hartpad (SP12), Delft - Hazerswoude Dorp

Groene Hartpad, SP12: Through Nationaal Landschap Groene Hart, 192 km

By international standards, the major Dutch cities are small-scale affairs.But together they still form a rather densily populated part of Europe. During the 20th century Amsterdam, Den Haag, Rotterdam and Utrecht all have expanded into what has become almost a single urban zone. The centre of this area has long kept its agricultural function.

Planners have compared this ‘Green Heart’ to Central Park in New York city. Historically they are wrong. The original function of the area was to provide city dwellers with fresh milk and vegetables. But it is becoming more like a park as conditions for agriculture have become less favourable. The open spaces are under constant threat from a wide variety of building initiatives. With varying degrees of success the builders are restrained by a growing recognition of the value of historical landscapes. The result is an typically Dutch compromise between competing interests. This trail gives a good impression of the history and dynamics of the area.

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Groene Hartpad (Alle varianten)
Groene Hartpad (Hoofdroute)
.Groene Hartpad - 01 - Delft station-Zoetermeer station, 16km
.Groene Hartpad - 02 -Zoetermeer station-Weipoort bus 2 Km, 17km
.Groene Hartpad - 03 - Weipoort bus 2 Km-Alphen aan de Rijn, 16km
.Groene Hartpad - 04 - Alphen aan de Rijn-Woerdense Verlaat, 19km
.Groene Hartpad - 05 - Woerdense Verlaat-Linschoten, 19km
.Groene Hartpad - 06 - Linschoten-IJsselstein, 16km
.Groene Hartpad - 07 - IJsselstein-Polsbroek, 18km
.Groene Hartpad - 08 - Polsbroek-Ouderkerk aan de IJssel, 25km
.Groene Hartpad - 09 - Ouderkerk aan de IJssel-Rotterdam Crooswijk, 17km
.Groene Hartpad - 10 - Rotterdam Crooswijk - Schiedam, 20km
.Groene Hartpad - 11 - Schiedam-Delft, 18km
.Groene Hartpad - 03 - Variant broedseizoen, 2km
.Groene Hartpad - 03 - Variant Kroospad, 0.7km
.Groene Hartpad - 04 - Variant Pad van Kempenaar, 2.8km
.Groene Hartpad - 04 - Variant Zuidhoek, 0.9km
.Groene Hartpad - 04 - Variant Bosweg, 1.1km
.Groene Hartpad - 05/06 - Variant Boerenlandpad Engherkade, 5.3km
.Groene Hartpad - 06 - Variant Achtersloot/IJsseldijk, 5km
.Groene Hartpad - 08 - Alternatief Vlist met hond, 1.8km


Rate 7.0 | 1 vote | No 19. in Netherlands
  • Henk Nouws January 2010
  • Rate 7
  • Positive The old polders are the best. Especially in may and june. One would not suspect such a remoteness in the commercial centre of the Netherlands.
  • Negative Instead of taking "green" corridors (dull, dull) around new cities and suburbs like Zoetermeer, it would be better to walk right through these urban centres and choose some of the architectural interesting routes: much more interesting than artificial nature.
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