Boots and Roots

The Boots and Roots route reveals the beauty of the agricultural adventure. Discover through the landscape the hidden stories and ties between agriculture, innovation, trade and governance. Boots and Roots will take you from the eastern border of The Netherlands through landscapes shaped by last Ice Age, waterways and meadows, the Hanse cities, farms and castles, to the North Sea.

Cultural context
Map


Passport

What cultural landscapes
can you see?





Dunes, Dune reclamation, Land reclamation, Peat extraction, Former seabed, Heathland reclamation, Forests, Drift-sand hills, High peat landscape, River valleys, Essen, Engen, Scenic landscape

Travel Information

Boots and Roots

244 KM

HIGHEST POINT
Archemerberg, +77,9 NAP.

LOWEST POINT
Moordrecht at -5,4 NAP.

6

2h36

15h11

45h35

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STAMPS BOOTS AND ROOTS

1 Stamp in part 1
Make a sandcastle

1 Stamp in part 2
See burning land

1 Stamp in part 5
Find new heritage

2 Stamps in part 7
Climb the tower and count the stair treads

1 Stamp in part 9
Take a picture

Highlights

DEDEMSVAART
What did the Dutch do when they needed transportation routes? They dug canals. Towns like Amsterdam and even New York, USA, were built on that principle. A concept so natural here, that a single nobleman had built a 40 km long waterway to enhance the family trading business. The hands-on economy and spatial planning at the end of the eighteenth century, and why that spirit is deeply embedded in the Dutch DNA.

PHOTO THEO BAART

MATARAM
The wavy ground of the “rabats” matches the curly tree-tops of the “berceaus” on the once lush Mataram Estate. This is a long lost dream, and an echo of the eighteenth century’s newly rich who looked for a pastoral paradise. Now a land to explore. Look well to unveil the original scenery and it’s exotic stories.

PHOTO THEO BAART

LEMELERBERG
Did you know that there is an actual, perpetual, threat of Dutch landscape turning into a sandy desert? And yet, it makes sense to cut hectares of forests in order to restore a desert, like here on the mountain Lemelerberg. You thought the Netherlands was low? With pieces of land floating in water? Climb these 78 meters above the sea level and change your perspectives.

PHOTO THEO BAART

Explore

Route Parts

1 Hoek van Holland – Delft

2 Delft – Gouda

3 Gouda – Mijdrecht

4 Mijdrecht – Huizen

5 Huizen – Harderwijk

6 Harderwijk – Apeldoorn

7 Apeldoorn – Holten

8 Holten – Almelo

9 Almelo – Nordhorn