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Bougheim Route


Walking tour through a Maas hedges landscape and the Vilt, an old Maasmeander. The name Bougheim is an old name for Beugen, it is the description of a settlement in the bend of the Maas.

Distance: 21 km.

Time: 4h30.

Grade: Moderate.

Type: Circular.

Gps Track: Yes.

Route description: Yes.

Wheelchair: Not suitable.

Dog: Allowed.

Height gain: No info.

Trail: 70% unpaved.

Marking: See PDF route description.

Waterproof hiking shoes recommended.



The first and largest part of the hike goes through a landscape in the floodplains of the Maas, which is unique for the Netherlands. These hedges, the Maasheggen, consist of hawthorns or blackthorns, which forms a beautiful colorful whole, especially in spring, in combination with flowery grasslands. The second part, after passing Oeffelt, goes via a former railway embankment to the nature reserve De Vilt in the hinterland. The railway embankment is reminiscent of the German Lijntje. This rail connection from 1878 connected the Dutch Boxtel with the German Wezel. The De Vilt nature reserve is the best preserved old Meander in the Netherlands. This meander originated about fifteen thousand years ago. Some of the ruins of WWII river casemates can be seen on the hike as sights. These river casemates were part of the Maaslinie and were intended to protect the railway bridge between Gennip and Oeffelt. Furthermore, the Crosier Monastery of Saint Agatha, this monastery was founded around 1371 by the Crosiers. The monastery is the oldest inhabited monastery in the Netherlands. Finally, the Martinusmolen in Beugen, a round stone belt mill built in 1868.


Download PDf for route description.

Map & Poi's.