The 5 most beautiful hiking trails of Goeree-Overflakkee
When staying at Oasis Punt-West, the possibilities for nature walks are endless. Explore the beach for example, the forest, the swamp, charming villages or unique natural areas. The province of Zeeland is also just a few steps away, where you'll find lots of opportunities for fantastic walks. Because there are so many stunning routes and nature reserves to be found around our resort, we have collected the 5 most beautiful hiking trails of Goeree-Overflakkee into 1 overview. From Oasis Punt-West you can find yourself at one of the following hiking trails in no time:
#1. 'De Kwade Hoek'
'De Kwade Hoek' on Goeree in the delta area is one of the most beautiful transitions between dunes and sea with a stunning wide beach. The area is managed by Natuurmonumenten (a Dutch conservation organization) and lends itself as the ideal destination for beautiful walks around the area. Go on an adventure along unpaved paths and discover a wonderful diversity of birds and up to 300 species of plants. 'De Kwade Hoek' is an important breeding ground for many birds and used to be called 'the corner of the quay' by skippers, because of the sandbanks and strong currents off the coast. View the walking route here.
#2. Scheelhoek forest
For extraordinary views, we highly recommend the Scheelhoek forest. The forest lies next to a large reed swamp and offers unique views. The Scheelhoek forest is a quiet bird sanctuary of reeds and grassland with beautiful water channels. During the winter this is a favourite spot for geese and during spring birds breed here. Take a look at the location of this area.
#3. Bunker route
Explore the history of the Grevelingen during a walk through the bunker route of recreation area De Punt. Along the way, you will pass various information signs that guide you through the area. This way you can read which plants and animals live here, and what the original functions of the bunkers were. Have you always wanted to know what a bunker looks like inside? Then explore the insides with a guide! You'll learn more about the background of Goeree-Overflakkee during the Second World War. The tours are only available from April to September due to bats hibernating in the bunkers during the other months.
Take a stroll through the historic centre of Goedereede, at the head of Goeree. The name means 'safe harbour' as the city played an essential role in the Middle Ages, being an important trading post with its city walls. The town offers nice landmarks such as the Tower of Goedereede, the Reformed church, the mill and the harbour. Hotel de Gouden Leeuw from 1480 is also worth a visit as are De Barakken (which date back to the French era) and the Achterstraat; one of the few remaining 'barn streets' in the Netherlands.
Enjoy a wonderful walk with the whole family along the schurvelingen, at the top of Goeree. Schurvelingen, or sand barriers, were used in the Middle Ages to stop drifting sand and to keep cattle inside. Despite the fact that many of them have disappeared by now, you will still pass several schurveligen roads around Ouddorp while walking the Schurvelingen Route.
Looking for accommodation near the beautiful walking trails of Goeree-Overflakkee? Then take a look at the stunning water villas and hotel studios at Oasis Punt-West and enjoy a wonderful holiday among nature!
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The most frequently asked questions about the walking trails in Goeree-Overflakkee:
What is a beautiful walking trail on Goeree Overflakkee?
The Bunkerroute near Oasis Punt-West Hotel & Beach Resort is a beautiful walking trail that starts at the De Punt nature reserve. The route is marked with arrows and information boards so you can easily walk it on your own.
Which walking route runs along the beach?
The walking trail through the Kwade Hoek is very diverse and takes you along the forest, dunes, sea and a beautiful slufter. Spot the many birds and unwind. You can park your bike or car at the parking lot of the Kwade Hoek.
What is a good starting point for hiking trails in Goeree Overflakkee?
'De Punt van Goeree' is a nature reserve on the island of Goeree-Overflakkee. From here you can start various walks in the area. This area is almost 60 hectares big so there is always a suitable walking route for you to find. The footpaths are signposted.
Which walking routes are also suitable for children?
The Bunkerroute is 1km long, and very suitable for walking with children. Walk over and past the many bunkers and learn more about the history of Goeree-Overflakkee.