Part 19 - Venlo to Swalmen
From Venlo to Swalmen
Around a quarter to eight, we were ready to start the third Pieter Path day. We thanked hotel restaurant Wilhelmina in Venlo for a great night’s sleep, a delicious dinner, and an extensive breakfast!
Within an hour, we entered the Jammerdaalsche Heide, an area with former sand and clay quarries. Today, it is a nature reserve with beautiful clear seepage waters at the bottom of the steep slopes. We climbed a former clay pit, the Wambach quarry. The quarry transformed into a hill after being used to dump construction and demolition waste for over 20 years. It turned the area into a beautiful hill overlooking Tegelen, the “Tegel” city!
For the next 15 km, we walked under the trees along the German border. Our first pause to sit and quench our thirst was at Herberg De Bos near Groenewoud. Afterward, we followed the meandering river Swalm to the little town with the same name. It was busy at the Pieterpad meeting center in downtown Swalmen. Since we had already had a break, we walked to the train station to return home after these three days. Tired but happy, we got on the train back home!