This exciting walking-cum-cycling trail takes in three provinces in the so-called ‘fortified triangle’, delineated by the historic fortresses of Gorinchem, Woudrichem and Loevestein. It is a journey through the rich history of the Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie, the waterline defence system. The ancient fortified walls and beautifully restored town gates are throwbacks to a past 600 years ago. The ferries along the route provide for additional excitement and adventure.
The history of the Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie.
The Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie is a waterline defence system that was built in the 19th century to protect the west of the Netherlands from attack. Thanks to a unique system of dykes, pumping stations and sluices, it was possible to flood a strip of land running north to south from Muiden to the Biesbosch, so denying the enemy the possibility to invade. Gorinchem, Woudrichem and Loevestein were key links in the Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie. It provides a fascinating story of how the Netherlands made use of water in the delta to deter possible aggressors.
More history & activities
If you’re a history lover with a passion for castles and legends of old, a visit to Slot Loevestein, which once served as a state prison, will most certainly not go amiss. The medieval castle tells the story of days of old: an adventure for young and old. www.loevestein.nl
Bike along the dyke
A waterside cycle trail which follows some of the most beautiful dykes in the Netherlands. Enjoy the splendid sites along the way: riverside views, fortifications, ancient windmills and historic farmsteads. Stop awhile for lunch or a snack at one of the many pubs and café along the way. More info
Woudrichem fisheries museum
Kruiden en Jasmijn
Sheltered between the old town wall and the commanding edifice of the Arsenaal, the garden of Restaurant Kruiden en Jasmijn (Herbes and Jasmine) in Woudrichem is the perfect setting for wining and dining away a summer’s evening. www.kruidenenjasmijn.nl/
Monument en Bed het Tolhuis
The 16th century stair tower of Gorinchem’s old toll house (Tolhuis) has been converted into a luxury self-catering apartment. The toll house stands on the site of a former castle frequented by the counts of Holland in the Middle Ages. More info