Zeeland, Netherlands and Winterberg, Germany on the 12th, 13th and 14th July
A new adventure opportunity:
In preparation for Norway we thought it might be good to have a mini adventure road-trip to give us an opportunity to meet. It will also be a chance for those who have not driven on the continent to get a taster driving in several different countries. Even if you are not planning on joining us for the Norway adventure you are still welcome on this trip.
Where? The islands, bridges and dams (maybe some lighthouses) of Zeeland in the Netherlands. We will take the Eurotunnel to Coquelles and drive a bit of France, through Belgium and into the Netherlands and finally Germany driving 4 to 5 hours a day.
When? We are looking at the 12th/13th/14th July getting the train early (around 8am) on the 12th and getting back late on the 14th. We will most likely stay in Folkestone on the 11th for those who don’t live near the Eurotunnel.
Adventure Starts Here
The Zeeland province of the Netherlands is located in the south-western region of the country. Known as “sea-land,” the province consists of a series of small islands with a strip of land that borders the country of Belgium.
Zeeland consists of several islands and peninsulas. These are, from north to south, Schouwen-Duiveland, Tholen, Noord-Beveland, Walcheren and Zuid-Beveland. It also includes a strip of land bordering the Belgian region of Flanders, the Zeelandic Flanders.
The Delta Works
The Delta Works, consisting of 13 sections, together form the largest flood protection system in the world and are definitely worth a visit. This imposing project, also referred to as one of the seven wonders of the world, illustrates how the Dutch deal with water. Furthermore, they lie in a gorgeous environment with wonderful beaches, beautiful nature and many culinary spots. One of the dam sections is 8km long and connects the islands of Schouwen-Duiveland and Noord-Beveland.
Bridges and tunnels
Many bridges and several tunnels can be found in Zeeland. In most places where a bridge or tunnel is situated there used to be a ferry. When the Wester Scheldt tunnel was constructed the last car ferry disappeared. With a length of 6,600 meters the Wester Scheldt tunnel is the longest tunnel in the Netherlands.
The Zeeland Bridge was built between 1963 and 1965. At the time of its completion, it was the longest bridge in Europe. It has a total length of 5,022 metres, and consists of 48 spans of 95 metres, 2 spans of 72.5 metres and a movable bridge with a width of 40 metres.
What did we do?
11th July – Evening meet at Grand Burstin Hotel Folkestone
12th July – Meet at Eurotunnel Folkestone terminal at 7am for 7:50am train. Quick stop in Carrefour. Drive to Zeeland via France and Belgium. Explore the Zeeland delta crossing the bridges and dams as well as checking out some of the towns on the way, check into accommodation and have dinner/drinks.
13th July – Leave Zeeland, drive to Winterberg, Germany via the Bigge Reservoir. Lunch at the reservoir and visit a dam. Drive into the mountains, check into the hotel, explore the area and have a swim in the pool before dinner in Winterberg.
14th July – Wake up to a morning swim or walk, breakfast in Winterberg, and drive home stopping for lunch in Belgium.
The cars and drivers joining us on this adventure
Drew & Dan
2005 2.7 TDV6 HSE. Buckingham Blue with optional DVD, rear air con and cubby fridge. 155,000 miles and going strong!
Steve & Chris
Freelander ES Premium 2.0 TD4 fitted with optional Fuel Burner Heater, Heated Wind Screen, Heated Cream Leather interior & finished in Alveston Red. 130,000 miles and going strong (even after losing the clutch in Ukraine).
Umesh & Josh
2017 2.0 HSE Dynamic Coupe Corris Grey
What are you waiting for?
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