Serooskerke

Nudging the Oosterschelde estuary, the village of Serooskerke is on Schouwen-Duiveland. It has become the crossroads of the island’s two main roads, the N57 and N59. It wasn’t always a road junction, founding itself in the 13th century. It shares its name with a village down in Walcheren – both owned by aristocracy, the Van Tuyll van Serooskerken family. It’s a typical ring-village, houses tidily clustered in a circle around the central church. It never grew beyond a couple of streets, but did spawn its own harbour and the quaintly-named hamlet De Schelphoek (shell corner).

These days, the N59 road runs between Serooskerke and De Schelphoek. In the 1953 Flood, the De Schelphoek dike was breached, flooding the Schouwen polder. Subsequently, the nature area De Schelphoek took shape.

You love birds? Take your binoculars to the outer dike to see the coastal feathered friends. On the lee side, there’s a nice walking trail along the creek, and a special ‘find’ one for kids.

Going fishing? Have you got – or will you get – a fishing permit from a VVV Inspiration Point? De Schelphoek is a great place to go fishing, with fab views. For recreational fishing, brown and rainbow trout have been put out. Need a rest? There are lawns for lazing on, and swimming is allowed. Don’t get hooked now!

Over in the Hotel Restaurant De Schelphoek, for a while, you’ll be one of the best-placed people in the world. The Oosterschelde National Park is just on the other side of the dike (for as far as the eye can see) and appealing towns like Renesse and Zierikzee are just minutes away.