0646-Walk of the World

Walk of the World edition #103

Training #6


  • Leg 1: Home – by bus (line 99) – Gennep bus terminal
  • Leg 2: Gennep bus terminal – along the river Meuse – Linden (drinks}
  • Leg 3: Linden – Katwijk – Cuijk (drinks)
  • Leg 4: Cuijk – along the river Meuse – Oeffelt/Ferry house (lunch)
  • Leg 5: Oeffelt/Ferry house – Gennep bus terminal
  • Leg 6: Gennep bus terminal – by bus (line 83 &2) – home.

The app on my smartphone reports as follows:

  • 5h44 minutes non-stop walking
  • 32.59 Km  (21.73M)
  • 38,217 steps
  • 3,203 kCal.


Park €€,€€€ in the hands of Arjen Gesterkamp and Maarten Pillen at an intrest rate ten times more than at your bankers. And than this is the result:


0433-Walk of the World

Walk of the World edition #102 / training #2

  • by bus to Gennep;
  • from Gennep coach terminal to the Ferry House in Oeffelt, on the river Meuse; coffee and a guided tour by the owner of the Ferry House;
  • via Gennep center towards Milsbeek;
  • at Milsbeek you leave the road and you have wonderful woods;
  • on Arjen’s advice we went to Grafwegen (Germany) for lunch;
  • back into the Netherlands, heading for Groesbeek;
  • by bus to Nimwegen railway station, nearly home 🙂


2017/08/28 – Oeffelt – history

Via Wikipedia

Kaart Oeffelt

Oeffelt is a village in the Dutch province of North Brabant, part of the Boxmeer municipality, about 5 km north of Boxmeer town and 6 km west of the border with the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Oeffelt was a separate municipality until 1994, when it became part of Boxmeer.

Inhabitants: 2,400

Surface: 9.48 sq Km

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor oeffelt

The settlement Oeffelt was first mentioned in a document in 1075 as Uflo. This could be a combination from the Celtic words uffa (water) and ten (settlement), indicating a settlement by the Meuse river, which nowadays runs between Oeffelt on the west bank and Gennep – in the province of Limburg – on the east bank. The villages are connected by a bridge in the N264 road.



Afbeeldingsresultaat voor oeffelt veerhuis

In the days of 1940, the Germans laid a pontoon bridge towards the Ferry House for the delivery of their troops to Holland, Belgium and France. In the autumn of 1944 the German army blew up the Maasbridge. For this reason, the English Royal Engineers introduced a well-traveled Bailey bridge between February and March 1945 between Oeffelt and Gennep. A handsome technique where Churchill and Montgomery took their own body height.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor oeffelt

In the beginning of the 20th century (January 11, 2011), and around 1984  villages like Oeffelt, Boxmeer and Gennep were flooded, when the dikes of the river Meuse had a gape of 150 meters.


Oeffelt ferry house

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor veerhuis oeffeltOeffelt Ferry House from the opposite (Gennep) river bank.

Nimwegen pub tycoons revive Ferry House in Oeffelt.


The Ferry House in Oeffelt has been closed since September 2016, but will get bach its grandeur. According to Maarten Pillen and Arjen Gesterkamp from Nimwegen. The owners of the pubs Moenen and Camelot and the wine bar Pinot – all side by side on the Grote Markt in Nimwegen – bought the Oeffelt Ferry House on the river Meuse in June 2017 for about €600,000 / £555,000 to give it a new and an ambitious life.

Arjen Gesterkamp (links) en Maarten Pillen hebben het Veerhuis in Oeffelt gekocht.

Arjen Gesterkamp (left) and Maarten Pillen (right)

Holiday apartments

March 2018, the duo wants to reopen the doors of the Oeffelt Ferry House. Not only is the restaurant transformed into a café. “Of the seven hotel rooms, we want to make four independent holiday apartments. Without breakfast option, because in the Ferry House we want to have lunch and dinner. We will solve that with a small kitchen, and people may also go elsewhere in the region.” The Ferry House is intended to be open for the public seven days a week. With three pubs on the bustling Grote Markt in Nimwegen, the change to the outside area is great. “At first, we did not say a lot when people asked if something else was not something for us,” says Gesterkamp. “I’ve always called that I do not want to go back and forth by business, but that’s going to happen.” The pub tycoons were still looking for something new and coincided at the Ferry House. They immediately felt good at the white monumental building on the Oeffelt banks of the river Meuse.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor veerhuis oeffelt

Also the ferry will be put to life again! 


It is a challenge. “A matter in the outlying area is something very different from the center of the city. Every place has its own peculiarities, and here is the challenge to make it attractive to sit in the winter months. The view is beautiful and you have peace and space, but it must be cozy enough to pull people to this terrace and to have the cafe survive in the winter,” says Pillen. In order to achieve that, according to Gesterkamp, it must in all cases be restored. “We want to retrieve the characteristic styles of this property and, of course, refurbish the exterior. But maybe we want to open the veranda again. In recent years, they have been closed by glass walls, “said Gesterkamp. Not only the property, but also the feelings and memories that residents of the region had at the place should be lived up to the new builders. “This must be a place for everyone and we want to give people the place they ever loved so much,” says Gesterkamp. The village also appears to have a need: regularly there are passengers to express their enthusiasm.

August-27-2017: biking from  Nimwegen to Oeffelt v.v. single way 24Km/18M. Nimwegen->Malden->Mook-> Plasmolen->Milsbeek-> Gennep->Crossing river Meuse -the  frontier between provinces Limbourg and Brabant->1st street right: Ferry Avenue->Ferry House.

 Oeffelt Ferry House (06:01PM) – 🙂 🙂 🙂