Arcen naar Siebengewald

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Arcen naar Siebengewald is a 15.4 mile point-to-point trail located near Wellerlooi, Limburg, Netherlands that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching.

Distance: 15.4 miles Elevation Gain: 895 feet Route Type: Point to Point



bird watching


partially paved


wild flowers


historic site

Through the Maasduinen: A beautiful walk with one big chain of nature reserves that is registered under the name Maasduinen. It used to be called De Hamert, but that was mainly the more southern part, where you start the tour. Pass the Gelderns Niers canal, which is a rather special water because nobody knows whether it is now dug or whether it has made its own way for the Maas. The difference in height for Dutch standards is namely large: 7m. It produces a special flora. Just like Meinderswegpark, the Hamert consists of different layers. It is less prominent here, but very beautiful. You will find a lot of puddles, heathlands and of course a lot of forest here. You will also find one of the largest burial mounds in the area here: Het Vorstengraf. It is located at the highest point and overlooks the plains. It is not uncovered, but sampled by archaeologists. Sensibly, this is how you save the hill for later. When you have passed the largest lake, the Reindersmeer (you can cross it with a special boat) walk a few kilometers through a flat heathland. Here you can really imagine yourself in the dunes. It is true that you are walking here one kilometer as the crow flies from Weeze airport. It is used more by the Dutch than by the Germans. Price fighters like Ryanair have their home here. The local residents are very disappointed, of course, but the Dutch are happy with such a cheap alternative. To be able to keep following the border, you unfortunately have to leave the Maasduinen for Siebengewald. At the Vienna Convention, this was finally added to the Netherlands, where the border here is no longer as beautiful with the Maas. That limit was in fact set at a distance between 800 and 1000 Rijnlandse Roeden and that was the distance that a cannonball could travel according to the then applicable technology. The Prussians could not threaten the shipping on the Maas from land. So it is useful to know what a Rijnlandse Roede is. You have a lot of rods (even an area size) that varied from 3.5 to 5.7 m depending on the area in which you lived. It is striking that the Belgians have the longer rods. Such a rod is subdivided according to the twelve-tier system into 12 feet and 144 thumbs or 1728 lines. In 1808, the Rijnlandse Roede was declared standard, measuring 3,767 meters. The surveyors had been using it for a long time and in Leiden the notches were in the door as a calibration. When the French had left in 1815, they did not need the metric system in Vienna, so everything was agreed upon in bars. A year later in 1816, the metric system was nevertheless introduced. It was just a lot more convenient. The rod then got the length of 10m and was really abolished in 1937. So a lot of confusion less. Siebengwald is therefore outside the 1000 rods area and has become famous for finding a 7-hectare hemp nursery in 1996 that was hidden behind corn plants. The million-dollar business was shredded in a few hours.

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