Part 7 - From Hardinxveld Giessendam to Brakel

"Niets, dat ik hiervoor ruilen zou"

Hardinxveld Giessendam - Brakel

Today’s few showers didn’t take away from the typical, beautiful Dutch scenery. We followed the immense rivers, which have been slowly meandering through the flat landscape for centuries.

The water taxi gave us a nice break from walking. From the “Nieuwe Merwede” river, we had excellent views of the fortified towns Gorinchem and Woudrichem. Time has stood still in these little towns, the skyline prominently showing the characteristic old towers and walls.

We followed our route to Brakel following the “Afgedamde Maas.” The Dutch changed the main course of the river when the rivers Rhine and Maas were separated in the late 19th century to reduce the risk of flooding. Although the “Afgedamde Maas” still carries the name Maas, it no longer receives water from the Maas.


In Brakel, our destiny today, we discovered that the bus was not driving. We had to add a few miles walking to the ferry to cross the Merwede river again. We then took the bus to the train station in Hardinxveld-Giessendam, where we had started our long, about 20 miles hike 7 hours earlier.


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Saturday, December 19, 2020


19.16 miles
30.84 km

Moving Time



sun is still & clouds, showers

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