- Destination: Voorne-Putten
- Kind of trip: Self-guided walking trip on the island of Voorne
- Duration: 5 days
- Difficulty trip:
- Inclusive: Four overnight stays in comfortable 3 star hotels including breakfast, dinner, luggage transport, maps and English route directions, GPS tracks, free parking, VAT, tourist taxes, Guarantee Foundation and a contribution to the Foundation for Zuid-Holland's landscape (www.zuidhollandslandschap.nl)
- Exclusive: The outward and homeward journey, lunch, and travel and cancellation insurance
- Dog: Not allowed
€ 475 per person based on 2 people
€ 595 per person when travelling alone
Are there more of you please contact Hike in Holland for pricing
If you don't want the included dinner, there is a discount of € 100 per person
If you don't need luggage transport, there is a discount of € 40 per person by 2 persons
The island of Voorne (often mentioned together with neighboring island Putte), can be found just south of Rotterdam, and is one of Holland’s isles. The isle is a transition zone between city, sea and land. It connects the urban area of Rotterdam with the rural islands of Zeeland. It is a border between then and now, tradition and future, with a natural border made of water. Come to this wonderful area of water, nature, history and harbors where you can both relax and strain yourself, where you can both discharge and charge yourself. On the island are many natural areas and reserves, like the (in Holland) well known dunes of Voorne. On this island we created a beautiful trip, where you can get to know this island in 5 days (4 walking days), and see both the wonderful nature, but also historical towns like Brielle and Hellevoetsluis.
The island of Voorne is especially well known for its unique coastal areas. The dunes here are very different from most dunes in Holland. There are a lot of lakes in the dunes. There are many rare plants and animals, and the character of the scenery changes very often. On top of that, there are some wonderful mudflats, many places to watch for rare birds, there are some old towns on the route (where Brielle is one of the best kept fortresses in Holland). And then you get to see some of the typical Dutch polders, and you get a glimpse of the waterworks (the Delta plan), that were built after the big flood of 1953. So this really is a unique area in Holland that is certainly worth visiting.
Mudflats near Rockanje
Arrival in Rockanje
Today you’ll arrive in the seaside town of Rockanje. After parking your car, or after arriving by bus, you can relax in and around the hotel, or walk to the North sea beach in 10 minutes with some really nice beach pavilions. Rockanje is a relaxed little town, where you’ll leave the everyday stress behind within minutes. The town is in the western part of the island of Voorne, and it is surrounded by the nature reserve of the dunes of Voorne.
Dunepath between Rockanje and Oostvoorne
Rockanje - Oostvoorne (18 km)
Today you’ll walk from Rockanje to Oostvoorne. This is a beautiful walk, which guides you through different nature areas the whole walk. You’ll start in the Dunes of Voorne, this is a nature reserve with many rare plants and animals and wonderful plants. After this we arrive near the mudflats of Voorne, an area where the tides take care of a lot of food for birds and other animals that you may spot here. If you’re here at the right the time, the reflection of the sun in the water is a sight to see. You’ll walk a bit along the Lake of Oostvoorne, and will finish your walk through the reedlands, that bring you straight to your hotel.
Oostvoorne - Brielle (16 km)
Your second day also has enough variation. You’ll start through an old estate, Landgoed Mildernburg. After exiting this in Oostvoorne. We continue through the dunes next to the lake of Oostvoorne, which will eventually bring you to an old brick lighthouse. After this you’ll follow the walk between a dammed river and the polders. Finally we guide you through the old town and fortress of Brielle. The route will give you plenty of time to enjoy the old town of Brielle. It is a historical town, with a big fortress and some remarkable buildings.
Dike in the polders between Brielle and Hellevoetsluis
Brielle - Hellevoetsluis (21 km)
This is the longes walk of the tour. This day takes you across the island from the north to the south. It runs mostly over small roads and cycle paths trough the rural polders of Voorne. You'll start along the lake of Brielle for a while, after which you turn inland on small polder roads and old dikes. You'll cross the canal of Voorne and continue through the polders until you arrive at the other side of the island. Then you'll walk along the river Haringvliet for a while, until you arrive in the center of Hellevoetsluis, where we make a small detour through the fortress until you arrive in your hotel.
Path to the sea
Hellevoetsluis – Rockanje (16 km)
The last day of this tour brings you back to Rockanje. You'll start along the river Haringvliet but will end up near the North sea. On your way you'll walk along the mudflats of the Quackgorzen and through the dunes of Voorne, where there are some wonderful lakes, where you can watch for spoonbills and other rare birds, and there are many strange forests. Your walk ends in Rockanje where you can pick up our luggage and return home.
There’s plenty of room for extending this tour. In Rockanje you are near the beach, where you can unwind and relax, or maybe hire a bycicle and cycle around the island. Oostvoorne has beaches as well, lake beaches instead of the sea. In Brielle you can wander around the monuments, the fortress and the nice squares. You could maybe rent a boat for a while or visit a museum. For more information, visit http://www.visitbrielle.com. Old town Hellevoetsluis is small but interesting. The atmosphere is good in town, and the fortress is really nice. In summer it is possible to take a ferry (which is a sailboat) across the river Haringvliet to the village of Middelharnis and to the small island of Tiengemeten (http://www.gezelligzeilen.nl/portfolio-item/veerdienst/).
Price is per person per night and includes breakfast and tourist taxes (dinner excluded).