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The Kruishaarderpad is a 15 or 12 km long trail around the village Nijkerk in the province Gelderland.
It is one of the so-called "klompenpaden" or wooden shoe trails 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. 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 Kruishaarderpad starts at the train station in Nijkerk, where there also is a panel with information. You can also park your car here.
The walk is marked with signs with purple wooden shoes on them. Make sure you have the map (see the klompenpaden-website) with you, since the signs are sometimes easy to miss! So use the map in combination with the purple marking.
You can find the map at the website below, choose "Klompenpaden Gelderland" and subsequently "Kruishaarderpad".
After point "2" on the map, you can follow the marks saying "route verkorting", and instead 15 km the walk will be 12 km.
We took a wrong turn at a certain moment, but we were compensated for the extra walking because we almost bumped into a wild deer! What a great encounter! You notice quite quickly if you mae a mistake, because the marks will stop appearing at crossroads...In that case, just walk back a bit...
If you want to come by public transport: check http://www.9292ov.nl/ for a door-to-door advice and http://www.ns.nl/ how to get there by train.
See my the Netherlands page for more information about hiking in Holland.
Updated Jun 8, 2008
Address: Train station Nijkerk