SP11 Brummen to Zutphen
After a good night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast, just after nine o’clock, we set off again in good spirits. With dry clothes on but still with soaked shoes. Given the possible bus strike in the region, we walked to the station in Zutphen this time and took the train back to Brummen to start the SP11 Brummen to Zutphen leg.
We were back where we left off yesterday at precisely a quarter past ten. The trail continued through rural landscapes and majestic estates. Today, the castle estate of Engelenburg is a four-star hotel surrounded by picturesque gardens and a golf course. Estate Leusveld is a hunting lodge from 1911 managed by National Monuments (Natuurmonumenten). The following estate on our path was Landgoed Voorstonden. The park, with a scenic bridge and pond, is also owned by National Monuments (Natuurmonumenten). The mansion is still privately owned and is not accessible or visible to hikers.
A few miles down the road, the scenery changed dramatically. We left the trees behind us, and in the open meadows, we could see the church tower of Zutphen in the far distance. Near the IJssel river, near the end of today’s leg, we climbed a viewpoint giving us a magnificent view of the “tower city” of Zutphen. On the bridge, we finally met the IJssel again.