Pannerden naar Elst is a 18.5 kilometer point-to-point trail located near Pannerden, Gelderland, Netherlands that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips.

Distance: 18.5 km Elevation Gain: 90 m Route Type: Point to Point


nature trips


partially paved



wild flowers

historic site

De Linge: Naar de Bron, de Linie and Kasteel With its 108 km, the Linge is the longest original Dutch river, starting at an inlet on the Pannerdens canal. There are stories that the river once originated under the house of ferryman Jan van Driel, but it is actually a drainage ditch (legislation) for the Rhine. It was already dug in the 13th century. Nowadays the course is defined and the water level controlled by the pumps and drains on the canal. When we walk the first few kilometers, we soon see Doornenburg Castle, which can rightly be called a real castle. It dates back to the 13th century. The front castle (unique) is from the 15th. In 1936 it was restored after its decay and then completely destroyed in 1945 by an English bombing. It was rebuilt from 1947 to 1968 and the Floris film series made grateful use of it. The Second World War has left its mark here anyway. Especially in the last year when Arnhem turned out to be a bridge too many, many died here. De Linge was in the middle of the line. If you follow the Liniepad along the Linge, you can read the gruesome stories on various signs. De Linge is well run here along nicely laid out cycle paths that run along the many fruit trees. We also meet here for the first time the Betuwe line that connects to the main line at Zevenaar. Incidentally, not seen much transport on this freight line. Maybe it will come. De Linge runs right here between Huissen and Bemmel and forms the border between these two eastern Betuwe villages. The Germans blew up the dikes here, so that the Betuwe was largely submerged. The Allies therefore departed from the East during Operation Veritable. Don't think the fear of war had ended. In the fifties, the IJssellinie was created in the deepest secrecy, with the Rhine and Walloon dikes being the weak point. This created the Defense Dike, which coincides with the A325. It had to stop the Russians, who never took a step here. We end in Elst. It is an ancient place where you can still find remains of the Romans. Elst is also known for Heinz (the tomato ketchup) and the elstar (apple).

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