The North Sea Trail – A huge existing, but challenged 6000km / 3700 miles North European Coast Trail project
Text and watercolor by Frits Ahlefeldt
The North Sea Trail is a huge and very ambitious Eu and local supported long distance hiking trail project following the coastline of the North Sea around between United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. At the moment the destiny of the whole North Sea Trail project is unknown, as the EU funding period and money has ended and on some distances the signs and trails are not being maintained. The official North Sea Trail website: NorthseaTrail.org has been down for an extended period of several months in 2017 and is of this writing still down but a copy can be seen here
As a large scale coastal trail project the North Sea trail is very interesting in a number of ways. What exactly is happening with the trail is not known at the moment, and its destiny likely not yet decided
Many good reasons to keep the North Sea trail alive
For hikers and for all the work that has gone into it so far, it might not be considered to difficult to re-establish the North Sea Trail. Maybe in a new version that takes into consideration the knowledge from the first version and works to make a NorthSeaTrail 2.o version.
The England CoastPath will be ready in 2020 and this long-distance trail is a very good indicator that huge coast trails can be created and it can be and the English coast path might be great inspiration for the next generation of the NorthSeaTrail