The DeWandelRoute Zuid Oost section-hike passes lakes, rivers, forests, meadows and nature areas of South East Amsterdam and Utrecht. The walk begins in the Bijlmermeer and ends at Abcoude, joining two campsites. You will see monuments, windmills and Stelling van Amsterdam ruins along the hiking route.
DeWandelroutes are multi-day hikes inspired by the walks of my youth in New Zealand. We carried everything we needed and camped overnight. These walks were not easy, but they taught you to carry the bare essentials, how to plan, how to survive, and how much we take for-granted living in the city.
These through-hikes taught me to be less entitled, more appreciative of what I have, and how little I need to be content. In a world of fast-paced, ‘mindless’ consumerism, these walks are helpful to become more ‘mindful’; to slow down, observe and reflect on the impact our combined daily lives have on ourselves, our communities and the planet.
Watching young children grow in Amsterdam, I thought they might benefit from a similar experience. The routes are therefore made with children in mind, however are also suitable for adults. Some options are not suitable for young children, so please study the route before you depart.
Parents today are pressed for time, so the routes are designed for up to three days of walking and nights camping. All routes start and end at NS train or metro stations, of which several options are given. There are also options to shorten or extend the hike depending on the time you have.
Things I like…
“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” – John Muir