Gerendal Loop est un sentier en boucle de 13.2 kilomètres peu fréquenté situé près de Valkenburg, Hollande-Méridionale en Pays-Bas. Le sentier longe une rivière et sa difficulté est évaluée comme modérée. Le sentier offre plusieurs activités.

Distance: 13.2 km Dénivelé: 321 m Type d'itinéraire: Boucle

randonnée

balade

ornithologie

voie partiellement aménagée

rivière

vue panoramique

fleurs sauvages

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site historique

The slopes are sometimes spicy. On wet days, the loam paths can be slippery. Good walking shoes with a profile and possibly a walking stick is recommended. But after climbing the first two hills in Valkenburg itself, the suffering will be passed and you really walk a beautiful walk. Walking in Limburg, with its singing vocals, hills and hollow roads, crossroads, chapels and culinary delights, guarantees a wonderful holiday-like, foreign feeling. No pie or asparagus as tasty as the real one from here, no beer as intoxicating as that straight from the Gulpenk barrel. Limburg is also special in terms of nature: the landscape is still small. The hills made the development of large-scale agriculture impossible, so the country is still largely the same as decades ago. On the slopes that were too steep to cultivate, forests spontaneously grew and are still there today. The rolling farmlands were and are used as a field for grain, maize or beet, and for grazing cattle. There is no all-dominating, compelling economy here and so the hollow roads are still clumsy and there is even a single cattle drinking pool. Because of that special, small-scale landscape, Limburg is rich in plants and animals that used to be normal, but are now pretty rare: bee orchid, yellow-bellied toad, alpine salamander, badger and yellow bunting find a safe place here. Sights along the way are of course the many crosses and Roman Catholic statues. Since the 13th century, crosses have been placed along the road as devotion (worship), memory, after a missionary's visit or just to wish something, such as Gank mer wiejer, make other mer bliejer - Go ahead and make others happier. They were temporarily removed during French rule at the end of the 18th century, because expressions of faith were then prohibited. The grasslands are fragile and therefore not accessible. In order to give the opportunity to enjoy the orchids and other special plants, the orchidce garden was laid out in 1958. Orchids are not about getting enough nutrients from the soil themselves, but need the help of a soil fungus. The fungus feeds the orchid and in turn draws slippers on the plant. The orchids bloom in May and June. Schaloen Castle is already mentioned in writing in 1381. In 1575 it was set on fire by the Spaniards, but a century later it was rebuilt. It is private property. Genhoes Castle is best known for its Limburg square farm; that is the white part on the left. The last part of the route is edifying. At the bottom of the mountain are 'the three statuettes': Jesus, Joseph and Mary. After a good climb you reach the Safe, an old chapel and a hermit's house, where between 1688 and 1930 thirteen hermits lived successively in piety and austerity. The fourteen columns on the lawn behind the vault depict the fourteen statues of Jesus' Way of the Cross. Wonderful place for lunch. You can of course decide to go into the village after the hike, but Valkenburg is now too touristy for many hiking enthusiasts, but was once the place to be for rich, decent citizens. Halfway through the last century, the Maastricht-Aachen railway line was constructed and Valkenburg became a real tourist attraction and a spa, moreover: the 'mountain air' would be healthy for lung patients. Hiking was immediately popular and many trails date from that time. It is extremely busy on weekends, so beware!

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