Spending the night along the Dutch Mountain Trail, our tips - My Footprints (2023)

Spending the night along the Dutch Mountain Trail, our tips - My Footprints (1)

Are you looking for a nice place to spend the night along the Dutch Mountain Trail? We hiked this challenging multi-day hiking route in South Limburg in 5 days and chose 5 special addresses to spend the night. In this overview I share our tips with you so that you can turn your walk into a real walking holiday.

Wat is de Dutch Mountain Trail?

The Dutch Mountain Trail is a tough walking route of more than 100 kilometers through the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. The route starts at Eygelshoven station, east of Heerlen and ends at Maastricht central station. You pass along the wayde 7 summitsand several other mountain peaks. No hiking route for inexperienced or inexperienced hikers and also quite a challenge for us. But a very nice one!

Officially, the Dutch Mountain Trail is divided into 4 stages, but you can make the route as difficult or easy as you want and that's the nice thing about this walking route. Whether you hike for 2 or 7 days, carry a lot or little luggage, spend the night in a tent or in B&Bs and hotels, it's always good!

→Lees hereall our experiences and tips for the Dutch Mountain Trail.

Spend the night along the Dutch Mountain Trail

We walk the route in one walking holiday and with a smaller backpack because we feel like a challenge but also want to have time to relax and enjoy. After some searching I find 5 nice places to spend the night along the Dutch Mountain Trail so that we can divide the route into 5 fairly equal stages.

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Spend the night on the route and fully equipped

Each of these accommodations along the Dutch Mountain Trail is unique and has its own story. They are located between 400 meters and one and a half kilometers from the route, in a village or town and all have at least one restaurant and/or shop nearby. Nice places where you can relax after a long walking day and recharge for the next walk. After a restful night you start with a delicious breakfast in a special place. These are our tips for staying overnight along the Dutch Mountain Trail.

Impressive views on the Dutch Mountain Trail

Day 1, start theDutch Mountain Trailwith overnight stay in Heerlen

The starting point of the trail, Eygelshoven station, is less than 10 minutes by train from Heerlen. When you spend the night in Heerlen, you can enjoy a drink on a terrace the day before you start the De Dutch Mountain Trail, look for the most beautiful Street Art or grab a bite to eat.Bed & Breakfast The Projectis a short distance from the station and center of Heerlen and is therefore the ideal place to start or end your walk. You can safely leave the car during the walk (in consultation).

→Tip:walk along the most beautiful Street Art of Heerlen. You will find the first work near the B&B!

The side wall of Bed & Breakfast The Project Heerlen

Spend the night at Bed & Breakfast The Project

The building in which Bed & Breakfast The Project is located has a special past. Built in 1913 as a café and hairdressing salon with apartments upstairs, later a hiding place during the Second World War and shelter for miners. After the mines were closed, the building was inhabited by drug addicts and ladies of easy virtue and was eventually left in a desolate state.

Current owners Hennie and Marco bought the property in 2016 and lovingly converted it into a beautiful, luxurious B&B. Everything in the building reminds you of Heerlen's past and combines it with the present. From the beautiful murals inside and outside to the small details in the rooms and corridors.

Are you also looking forward to a good start to your hiking adventure? Book your overnight stayvia Booking.comorthrough its own website.

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Day 2, overnight atHoeve Gillishofin Bocholtz

Our second night on the Dutch Mountain Trail has arrivedHoeve Gillishof, after about 19 kilometers of walking. This historic farmhouse is located more than a kilometer from the route in atmospheric Bocholtz on the edge of the border with Germany.

Hoeve Gillishof has been in the family of Jaqueline for more than 500 years, who runs the farm together with her husband. The building breathes history, even remains of Roman habitation have been found. Surrounded by a large garden with an orchard, you can completely relax here. It's a shame to only stay one night!

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Spend the night along the Dutch Mountain Trail, a special hotel room

Especially for walkers there is a beautiful hotel room on the farm that is fully equipped. Those who spend the night here can use the cozy courtyard with a special coffee corner and the quiet garden with seating areas and hammocks. In Bocholtz you will find a supermarket and several restaurants and breakfast is provided by Jaqueline.

Book your room or apartmentvia Booking.comorvia Gillishof's website.

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Day 3, overnight in Vijlen, the only mountain village in the Netherlands

Our third overnight stay along the Dutch Mountain Trail is in the only mountain village in the Netherlands, Vijlen. We have now walked about 40 kilometers of the trail. We opt for an overnight stayHotel Restaurant Cuba Librewhich is about a mile off the Dutch Mountain Trail.

How nice is it that the hotel is especially for walkersDutch Mountain Trail arrangementhas? The package consists of an overnight stay including dinner, breakfast and special Dutch Mountain Trail buff.

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Hotel restaurant Cuba Libre

Viktor and Mirjam lost their hearts to the south of Limburg and to Cuba. They have been the proud owners of Cuba Libre for several years now. This restaurant and hotel is located in the former community house, right in the center of Vijlen. The menu is inspired by Cuban cuisine and the restaurant and hotel are decorated with colorful paintings. We enjoy the extensive tapas menu, a sundae from our own ice cream parlor and a cup of serious coffee. Afterwards we roll back into our room. Ideal!

Do you book your roomvia booking.comof het Dutch Mountain Trail arrangement viaits own website.

Day 4, overnight along the Dutch Mountain Trail,Heijenrath (Slenaken)

On the fourth day we are more than halfway through the route and we spend the night inSmockelaer Inn. This 18th century farmhouse is located in the small village of Heijenrath, just against the Belgian border. The B&B is ideally located for the Dutch Mountain Trail, because you can walk a large loop of about 7 kilometers around the village, which will bring you close to the Auberge twice.

Because it is very hot, we choose to have a drink and check in after walking on the terrace. Then I reserve a table at the restaurant, leave Frank behind and hike the large loop of the Dutch Mountain Trail. Without a backpack and with light shoes, enjoy a wonderful walk through the Belgian nature.

→Tip: close to the Auberge the Slow Tour Slenaken(17 km)

Smockelaer Inn

Auberge de Smockelaer has been lovingly converted by Monique and her husband into a luxurious group accommodation with 3 group homes. In the summer months you can book rooms as a B&B. All rooms are tastefully decorated with beautiful furniture from the Waldorf hotel in Brussels. You can also use a communal living room with kitchenette.

You can eat the extensive breakfast in the attractive courtyard or in the restaurant. And you don't have to walk far for a tasty snack and drink.Restaurant de Smockelaerhas a varied menu with organic local products and a popular terrace.

Book your B&B room directlythrough its own website.

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The cozy courtyard of the B&B

Aberdeen Angus Burger and Homemade Limburg Zoervleisj

Day 5, spend the night in the southernmost village of the Netherlands

For our last night we settle in the small church village of Mesch. The village is located on the border of the Netherlands and the Belgian Voer region, about 18 kilometers from the end of the Dutch Mountain Trail. When you walk through the village you take a step back in time. For a nice bite to eat, join useatery 't Piepke.

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The center of Mesch is full of atmospheric, historic buildings.

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B&B Huize Mesch

B&B Huize Mesch in the village of the same name is the proud property of Wim and Anita, who welcome you with open arms at their cozy spot. The B&B has three nice rooms that are fully equipped. In addition, there is a common living and dining room.

The big surprise of this B&B is at the back of the house. In the garden of Huize Mesch it is wonderfully quiet and full of cozy seating areas that guests can also use. In good weather you can enjoy the extensive and luxurious breakfast outside. A real oasis for walkers and cyclists.

Do you also feel like a nice Limburg beer and a good book after a day of walking? Book your roomvia Booking.comorthrough its own website.

Spend the night along the Dutch Mountain Trail

These are our personal tips for staying overnight along the Dutch Mountain Trail. All of them wonderful places that give you the real holiday feeling and where you will be completely pampered. Run by enthusiastic entrepreneurs who are happy to tell you more about their beautiful spot, the accommodation and the hiking and cycling opportunities in the immediate vicinity.

Are you ready for the ultimate walking holiday in South Limburg?

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Which is better GR10 or GR11? ›

The GR11 stays higher and is rougher than the GR10, but there is actually more climb on the GR10 as it drops down into the deep valleys cut by the north-flowing glaciers in the last ice-age. The GR10 is less direct than the other two routes and will take a little longer.

What is the difficulty level of the GR10? ›

As trying as it is unforgettable, the GR10, lasting from 45 to 60 days is an invitation to travel, to discover the most beautiful points of view, the most beautiful valleys and villages of the Pyrenees. Difficulty level: 4/5.

Is GR10 well marked? ›

Some walkers walk one section of the trail at a time, completing the route over several visits. The trail is well marked with red and white painted blazes.

How long does it take to hike Grade 10? ›

Tackle the whole thing, and it'll take you around 50 or so days, with six to eight hours walking per day. However, our GR10 hiking vacations pick and choose some of the trail's most glorious routes; condensing the essence of the GR10 into a 10-day or so itinerary.

How difficult is the GR11? ›

Nature of the hike

The GR11 is brutal and not well suited for beginners! Some mountain experience is recommended, as well as excellent fitness. There is some 46.000 meter of ascent and descent involved, making it hard to cover long distances.

When should I hike the GR11? ›

GR11 – The Central Pyrenees. This part of the path can only walked during the summer, that is to say, from late June until late October. Otherwise, you should carry crampons, ice-axe and either snowshoes or skis, and have mountaineering experience in winter conditions.

Is the GR5 hard? ›

The GR5 Alpine Crossing could be difficult, unless you are a mountian hiker at home, or have conditioned yourself as described herein. You should be able to handle 1,300 meters (4,000 feet) up or down in a day, carrying a 10 – 20 pound pack.

What level of difficulty is Mount Mapalad? ›

Mt. Mapalad is towering at 750+ MASL with a difficulty level of 3/9. It is actually a Tanay Rizal hike recommended for beginners.

Can you camp on GR10? ›

On the GR10, you can spend the night in a cottage or refuge, or opt for camping. Note that the bivouac is regulated in the Pyrenees National Park. The tent must be installed only between 19h and 9h, far from motorized access.

What does WP mean on a grade? ›

A WP (Withdrawn Pass) grade means the student was passing the course at the time of withdrawal. This grade does not affect the grade point average. WF. A WF (Withdrawn Fail) grade means the student was failing the course at the time of withdrawal.

What grade is a WP? ›

Answer: A “WP” has no effect on the GPA whereas a “WF” is the same as an F and is calculated as a failing grade in the GPA. If your petition for a Late Withdrawal is approved, each course of the petition is assigned a “WP” or “WF” based on the professor(s) input.

Can the average person hike 10 miles? ›

The answer is a resounding yes; it's definitely possible to hike 10 miles a day, depending on your fitness level, experience level, the terrain you are hiking, and how much of the day you are willing to spend on the trails.

At what altitude does hiking become difficult? ›

Hike Difficulty Rating Scale
RatingDistance ORElevation Gain and Loss (cumulative is double)
Moderate5 to 8 milesMore than 1,500 feet
Hard8 to 12 milesMore than 3,000 feet
Very Hard12 to 15 milesMore than 4,500 feet
Extremely HardMore than 15 milesMore than 6,000 feet
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How long does it take the average person to hike 10 miles? ›

How Long Does The Average Person Take To Hike 10 Miles. Hiking 10 miles takes the average person about 300 minutes, or 5 hours. At this pace, you'll have plenty of time to take breaks and take in the scenery.

How far is the GR11? ›

The GR11 stretches the entire length of the Spanish Pyrenees, from Hondarribia, on the Atlantic coast to Cap de Creus, on the Mediterranean coast, and covers a total of 840km, which is divided into 46 day long sections, most of which start/finish where accommodation is available, either a campsite, town, refuge or ...

What is the elevation of GR11? ›

Its exact distance is difficult to measure, roughly 840 km (520 mi) and a total elevation change of 39,000 m (128,000 ft).

Can you wild camp in the Pyrenees? ›

I camped every night during my 2019 thru-hike of the Haute Route Pyrenees, and 23 of those camps were 'wild' camps. In no particular order, here are a few I enjoyed the most.

Is it better to hike in the morning or evening? ›

The best time of day to hike is in the morning, due to pleasant daytime temperatures and calmer weather with less chance of rain. Additionally, there is more available parking space and longer potential daylight hours for longer hikes.

What time is best to hike in the morning? ›

The first peak is in the morning, and it is usually within about 90 minutes of waking up. By midday, energy tends to slip away, and then by the evening you might feel more awake again. So from this point of view, the perfect time to hike can be from around 7:00 am to 10:00 am or later in the afternoon.

What day of the week is best to go hiking? ›

The most obvious benefit of hiking on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays—safely separated from weekenders—is the lack of traffic.

How long does GR5 take? ›

How long is The GR5 Trail? The route is around 620 kilometres, however this can be varied from 645-725km. We completed the trail over 32 days which matches the GR5 route given in the Cicerone book below.

How long does it take to walk the GR5? ›

The GR5 Alps Crossing walk is graded as Moderate to Challenging (as per our honest Trip Grading System). This means you can expect daily walks of 5-6 hours (excluding breaks), steep uphills and terrain that can need careful treading.

What is the most difficult mountain to summit? ›

At 28,251 feet, K2, which straddles the Pakistan-China border, is about two and a half football fields shorter than Everest, but it's widely considered the planet's toughest and most dangerous mountain to climb, earning the nickname “Savage Mountain.” Unlike Everest, it is not possible to “walk” to the top; all sides ...

What is the easiest mount to climb? ›

Top 5 Easiest Mountains to Climb
MountainLocationSeason to Climb
Mount KilimanjaroTanzania, AfricaAny Season
Mount WhitneyCalifornia, USAJuly-September
SnowdonWales, United KingdomJune-September
Mauna KeaHawaii, USAMay-November
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Can you walk the length of the Pyrenees? ›

Stretching from the Bay of Biscay to the Med, the GR10 trail in the Pyrenees is one of France's greatest treks. Holidays make the most of annual leave by picking the best bits of the 866km trail and condensing a taste of its most delicious vistas into one weeklong trip.

Can you camp on public land in the US? ›

BLM-managed lands offer numerous opportunities for camping under the stars ranging from staying in an RV at a highly developed campground to simply throwing a sleeping bag on the ground in the backcountry. No matter what type of experience you are looking for, you can find it on BLM-managed public lands.

Can you camp on a slope? ›

Pitch a Tent on Uneven Ground

It's better to pitch your tent perpendicular to the slope, one side lower than the other. Place folded clothes under your sleeping pad along the downhill side. This will produce a level trough that is more comfortable than an arched position.

What does P * mean for a grade? ›

P Pass No grade point credit. Applies only to nondevelopmental studies courses. Pass grades carry academic credit but are not included within GPA calculations.

What does N mean in grade? ›

An "N" grade carries with it no credit or grade until a regular grade is assigned.

What does grade H mean? ›

The following definitions will be used as a guide for the assignment of Graduate grades. H– High Pass. P– Pass. L– Low Pass. F– Fail.

Is D considered failing? ›

D - this is still a passing grade, and it's between 59% and 69% F - this is a failing grade.

What does Grade 9 mean? ›

Grade 9 is the highest grade. Ofqual's GCSE grading diagrams outline the changes and also provide some useful guide for parents.

What does CR grade mean? ›

CR = credit (passing grade for a non–letter graded course equivalent to “B” or 3.0 quality or better for graduate credit and “C–” or 1.7 for undergraduate credit) NC = no credit (for a non–letter–graded course equivalent to a “B” or less for graduate and less than “C–” for undergraduate)

How many miles can you walk in a day hiking? ›

However, most hiking authorities say that the average person can hike about 8 to 15 miles per day. According to Ramblers, the average hiking speed for adults is about 2.5 miles per hour. This means that it takes 24 minutes to hike a mile.

Can you hike 12 miles in a day? ›

A person of average fitness can cover 8 to 12 miles a day with a beginner to intermediate level of hiking experience. However, experienced hikers with stellar fitness can cover 12 to 16 miles a day!

Can you hike 30 miles in a day? ›

Mathematically speaking, 30 miles at three miles per hour means at least ten hours of hiking. It sounds like a lot, and it is. But how you break up your day can make it feel less daunting. Plan to wake up between 5:30 a.m. and 6 a.m., and spend 45 minutes (or less) breaking down camp before hitting the trail.

What is considered an experienced hiker? ›

Steady hiker: You are experienced with a strong fitness base. You know what it takes to complete a big day on the trail and always keep up with the pack. Speedy hiker: You are a fit, experienced hiker who is regularly catching and passing others on the trail.

What elevation is harder to breathe? ›

The amount of oxygen in the air goes down as you climb higher above sea level and becomes very low at altitudes above 8,000 feet. If you travel to a high altitude, you may feel ill because the air has less oxygen in it.

What happens to the body if you hike up a mountain too fast? ›

Altitude sickness can occur when one does not give the body adequate time to acclimate to the environment, the change in air pressure, and the lack of oxygen. This happens when you climb to high elevations too quickly.

How fast does the average person hike a mile? ›

While there are many variables involved, it takes the average person about 30 minutes to hike a mile on gentle terrain.

Is a 5 mile hike a lot? ›

A 5 mile hike is considered moderately strenuous. Depending on location and elevation gain, it may be challenging for a first time hiker. So, a good starting point for the average person might be 2 miles instead of 5. But with a little physical preparation, you can work your way up to 5 miles quickly.

Can you walk 10 miles in 2 hours? ›

A typical walking pace is 15–20 minutes per mile. Going any faster will result in you essentially jogging or running, which has other benefits and downsides compared with walking. At the typical walking rate, it'll take you 2–3 hours to get to 10 miles.

How long is the GR11? ›

The GR11 stretches the entire length of the Spanish Pyrenees, from Hondarribia, on the Atlantic coast to Cap de Creus, on the Mediterranean coast, and covers a total of 840km, which is divided into 46 day long sections, most of which start/finish where accommodation is available, either a campsite, town, refuge or ...

Can you walk across the Pyrenees? ›

Some people walk the path in 30 days but for most it will take about 55, walking for an average of 7 hours. For those used to walking in Britain, this will seem slow progress: less than 10 miles a day for 7 hours walking!

Can I camp anywhere in PA state forest? ›

Primitive Camping Guidelines in State Forests

Backpack campers are permitted to camp in most areas of the forest without a permit if staying no more than one night in any location. Backpackers may camp overnight anywhere except: In designated Natural Areas. Within 200 feet of a forest road.

Is it legal to camp in the Black Hills National Forest? ›

Setting up your own campsite away from developed fee sites, also known as dispersed camping, is allowed on most of the Forest for a maximum of 14 days in any 60-day period. However, around developed reservoirs and campgrounds, camping is allowed only in designated areas.

How long is the GR70? ›

GR 70
Length276 km (171 mi)
DesignationGR footpath
TrailheadsLe Monastier-sur-Gazeille, Saint-Jean-du-Gard
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How long is the walk up the Pyrenees? ›

Stretching from the Bay of Biscay to the Med, the GR10 trail in the Pyrenees is one of France's greatest treks. Holidays make the most of annual leave by picking the best bits of the 866km trail and condensing a taste of its most delicious vistas into one weeklong trip.

How long is the South Rim? ›

The Rim Trail stretches from the South Kaibab Trailhead west to Hermits Rest, a distance of approximately 13 miles (21 km). Most of the trail is paved.

What city is at the highest elevation in us? ›

Leadville's fame is often attributed to its elevation. At 10,200 feet, it's the highest incorporated city in North America. However, Leadville's notoriety dates to the mid-19th century when gold was discovered in California Gulch. Since then, Leadville has harbored the largest pockets of precious ores on the continent.

How do I find my exact elevation? ›

Find Your Altitude
  1. A service of the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Dept. ...
  2. Click on the "search" icon at the upper left; this is the Spot Elevation Tool, words that appear when you hover over the icon.
  3. In the "By Location" box, type your address and hit return.
  4. Your elevation shows up at the bottom of this box.

Can Google Maps check elevation? ›

Check the altitude of a place

Search for a place, or adjust Google Earth until you get to the view you want. At the bottom right find the real-world altitude and the altitude of the camera. If you move the mouse to hover over different locations, the altitude updates.

What is the best time of year to walk the Pyrenees? ›

July and August is the best time to come, but you can find it a bit crowed. Late spring and early autumn is the best time with milder weather, not too hot although you can find showers. The following graphics are from climate-data.org which provide data collected between 1982 and 2012.

What is the most scenic route through the Pyrenees? ›

The Col du Tourmalet road

The Col du Tourmalet is internationally famous on the cycle touring scene, and culminating at 2,115m in altitude, it's the highest road pass in the Pyrenees as well as one of the busiest in summer. This is where the stories of the most popular event, the Tour de France, are written.

How hard is it to cross the Pyrenees? ›

The walk across the Pyrenees to Roncesvalles (the first town in Spain on the Way) is long and quite challenging, with over 1200 meters elevation gain and another 500 m descent, so for most of our clients we break it up into 2 stages.


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