Luchem is now officially the Walking Municipality of the year

Alderman Eric-Jan de Haan shows the trophy associated with this year’s Municipal Walking title. Right, publisher Yves van den Brink of walking newspaper t Voit, which organizes a title fight every year (Photo: LochemsNieuws)

BARCHEM / LOCHEM – With a trophy presented – a figurine by artist Theo van Eldyk, Lochem was officially crowned Municipal Walk of the Year award on Saturday morning. This happened in Barchem, where at that time 9 hiking trails passing through the village were officially included in the Achterhoek hiking network.

Publisher Yves van den Brink of walking newspaper Te Voet and Te Voet Online presented the statue to Alderman Eric Jan de Haan, who has leisure and tourism activities in his portfolio and is also chairman of the board of Achterhoek Tourism. Van den Brink praised Blochem for a successful campaign that garnered many votes. “Lochem is a worthy winner. Beautiful bocage view. Moreover, calmness and accessibility are important.”

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Gerrit de Vries, Eric-Jan de Haan and Geert Ribbink at the opening of the Barchem Walking Network (Photo: LochemsNieuws)


Alderman De Haan accepted the trophy and flowers in gratitude and lauded Laura van de Linde for the well-designed, winning campaign. Van de Linde is a consultant for the municipality of Lochem in Achterhoek Tourism.

De Haan, who opened the walking network around Barchem a little later, also paid tribute to the villagers who have been working on it for years. “We need to put our shoulders on the wheel and perseverance pays off,” said a local councilman. Gerrit de Vries is the initiator of “Barchem Wandeldorp”. It started 6 years ago, when he noticed that more and more pedestrians walked past his home in Looweg. This road is part of the Central Holland Highway.

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Cakes bearing the municipality’s Walk of the Year logo (Photo: LochemsNieuws)

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De Vries: “The focus was very much on bike tourism. I thought that in Barchem, where a number of walking events have already taken place, we should focus on walking. I started alone and that was difficult. Later I received support from others, but it turned out not It’s easy to get things done.” The case actually began when he presented it during the development of the scheme for the village of Barchem.

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This realization was achieved by a working group of 6 people with the support of Achterhoek Tourism. This organization has taken a lot of work and has also been able to get funding. Gert Rippers, a member of said working group, said Saturday that 5 walking routes have already passed through Barchem and that 4 have been added. All routes pass through Dorpsplein, where the necessary explanation is given by three signs. Tracks can be downloaded to the phone via QR codes.

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One of the signs on the Dorpsplein providing information about walking routes (Photo: LochemsNieuws)


Rebers further explained that the approach was to use the new ways to make contact with Luchem, Borkolo and Roorlow. Consultations with the landowners often went smoothly, but sometimes were difficult. We had to modify some of the paths a little.” So the Barchem trails are included in the Achterhoekse Wandelnetwerk, but there are also road signs with the name Barchem. To get acquainted with the walking village.

More information about the Achterhoekse Hiking Network is here to find.
Barchem methods can also be found at Tourism office website lucem.

An example of a tombstone for walking routes in Barchem (Photo: LochemsNieuws)
This sign shows the ways audio parts can be downloaded to a mobile phone (Photo: LochemsNieuws)

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