Time: 2 hours and 31 minutes.
Distance: 12.87 K / 8 miles
Weather: dry, sometimes sunny, sometimes cloudy, not much wind, 18C (60 degrees).
First a little history: my country exists of 12 provinces. Utrecht is the smallest one and the province I live in. The “Utrechtpad” (trail) is a round walk of 163 K (101 miles) that starts and ends in the city of Utrecht at the Dom church. I live close to Amersfoort at the water.
Today Bella and I did the first stage from the city of Utrecht to Bunnik. The weather forecast said there could be rain but we were lucky and kept it, except a few rain drops, dry till the moment we got in the car when it started to rain very hard. We drove to Bunnik and took the train from there to the starting point and walked back to the car.
The walk started in the middle of the city near the famous Dom church, first part was through the city across the canals. This was just a small part (about 1K) after that we entered a trail called “jaagpad” and we followed this path the entire way till Bunnik.
The first part I had the city on the left but you didn’t really notice you were in the city, it was still peaceful and quiet. The entire route was on a small trail and there was always water on our left hand. We passed country houses that were built in the 15th century.
I had a lot of fun and the walk was beautiful. Bella was (again) a real trooper, she kept on walking, never wanted to stop because she was tired. I look forward to our next walk that will be in a different part of my country. Let me take you on our walk:
The Dom in Utrecht:
Below at the canal are restaurants, shops and ateliers.
Country house “New Amelisweerd”
You could fresh picked sherries buy here (which I didn’t do), you just had to follow the path.
Country house “Oud Amelisweerd”
“Fort Rhijnauwen” this was also a hostel and had a restaurant (you can see it on the right) where we stopped for a while.
My friend Lori has a tradition of having a cupcake or froyo on her long bike rides. I’m going to start my own tradition for these walks: coffee with pastry. Today I had a cappucino with lemon cheesecake.
End of the walk: Bunnik