Nijbroek Things to Do
Niebroekerpad, a hike around Nijbroek
The Niebroekerpath is a 14 or 9 km long trail around the village Nijbroek in the province Gelderland.
It is one of the so-called "klompenpaden" or wooden shoe trials in English. These are trails up to 15 km through agricultural areas, often containing historic routes.
The trails are a bit adventurous, because they are mainly over unpaved roads and through pasture. When we walked this path in May, the weeds were waist-high at some places. Because the nature of the walks, you need good shoes and it's wise to wear long trousers. Not recommended after periods of rain since it can get pretty wet and muddy.
The Niebroekerpad starts at the church of Nijbroek at the Dorpsplein, where there also is a panel with information. You can also park your car here. In addition, you will find a foot and mouth disease monument here for the animals that were killed to prevent spreading of this virus.
The walk is marked with signs with yellow wooden shoes on them. Make sure you have the map (see e.g. the klompenpaden-website) with you, since the signs are sometimes easy to miss!
After about 8 km, you can decide to shorten the hike and take the "Kerkenpad" back to the church in Nijbroek.
Descriptions of the hike are also available at the petrol-station Van de Peppel (Middendijk 45), the Dorpshuis (next to the church) and the tourist information offices (VVV) in the area. You can also find it at the website below, choose "Klompenpaden Gelderland" and subsequently "Niebroekerpad".
If you want to come by public transport: Bus 170 from Twello stops here, check http://www.9292ov.nl/.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
Foot-and-mouth disease monument
In 2001 there was an epidemic of foot-and-mouth disease (MKZ in Dutch) among cattle in the Netherlands.
260,000 animals were killed to prevent the virus from spreading.
This also had a high impact on the farmers of Nijbroek.
This statue commemorates the tragic event.
The poem on the statue:
A cow lows
A sheep bleats
A goat bleats
A pig grunts
They all make noise
But suddenly the pasture is empty
Everybody is sad and everybody is angry
Yes...We all are sad
The cattle has been killed
Church of Nijbroek
The original chapel that used to be here was dedicated to St Remigius, and belonged to the church of Terwolde. In 1339 the chapel was converted into a church with its own priest.
The nave and the tower date from the 14th century. The tower was raised in the 15th century, and also there are some remainders of 15th century pictures.
The organ was built in 1861 by H. Knipscheer.
The church was renovated between 1980-1990.Related to:
- Religious Travel