The sun is shining, your legs are restless: the outdoors is calling! Adventure awaits. Of course, you can go on a beautiful hike anywhere in the Netherlands. But if you're looking for a really tough hike, you may have to look that little bit harder.
That's why we have eight walks, each over 20 kilometres (12 m) long, just for you. For those with stamina to burn, there’s even one of over 40 kilometres (25 m). The walks explore stunning countryside and often entail quite a bit of elevation gain too. They can all be reached by public transport, sometimes the easier option than a car.
For such long walks it is important that you have the right equipment and take enough food and drink with you. Prepare yourself well and preferably start early in the morning, when it’s cooler. This will also give you enough time to comfortably complete your adventure.
A good daypack is essential: for these kinds of hikes, we recommend a capacity of 15 to 30 litres, such as the Speed Lite 26 model or, for women, the Speed Lite 22 SL model. You will then have enough room for all your food, clothing and other trinkets.
Do you prefer the vast and flat Zeeland countryside, or would you rather train your calves in the dunes of North Holland? You could take the train to the southernmost point of the country and get your elevation gain in on the hills of South Limburg. For a really memorable outing, add a night in Maastricht. Or would you rather go to the Wadden Sea? Then take the ferry to Texel. Spending the night there will give you some great holiday vibes, while a day trip up and down the island is also possible. Choose your favourite from these beautiful walks in all corners of the country, take a day off and get on your way.
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