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From Hook of Holland to Den Oever — part 2: Dutch Coastal Path

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From Hook of Holland to Den Oever — part 2: Dutch Coastal Path

Hiking Collection by Pauline van der Waal

16

Tours

79:06 h

193 mi

2,750 ft

Are you ready to discover the North Sea coast of South Holland and North Holland? Well you can with the Dutch Coastal Path part 2, which runs from the Hook of Holland to the Afsluitdijk dam.

Along the way, you’ll walk through dunes and forests, and along estates that were once used by wealthy city dwellers to escape the hustle and bustle of their own hometown.

You’ll visit cities such as The Hague and Haarlem. And what about the many coastal towns with their lively boulevards, such as Scheveningen, Katwijk aan Zee and Egmond aan Zee? You also walk past the tulip fields adorned with all the colors of the rainbow in the spring. And don't forget the beach. This route often runs alongside the sea. In total, the route is just over 230 kilometers (143 mi) long.

In addition, you’ll find three extra stages in this Collection, V, A and B. Because the road branches off after Callantsoog in the direction of the Afsluitdijk, you’ll miss the section between Callantsoog, Julianadorp and Den Helder in the official route. This is solved with stage V. Stage A and B are both circular walks. With one, you discover more about the former island of Wieringen and the other leads you around Den Helder, at the northernmost point of North Holland.

As with any long-distance walking route, you can choose to walk the entire distance, or pick one or more separate stages. A number of stages begin or end at a train station, or are easily accessible by bus.

There are numerous options for overnight stays, particularly in the more visited areas where you’ll find plenty of hotels, apartments and campsites. Keep in mind that accommodation on the coast, especially in the summer, fills up quickly.

This Collection contains the stages of part 2 of the Dutch Coastal Path. Part 1, from Sluis to Hoek van Holland, can be found here: komoot.com/collection/1282306/langs-de-zeeuwse-kust-nederlands-kustpad-deel-1-voorheen-deltapad

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    Difficult
    05:07
    12.6 mi
    2.5 mph
    100 ft
    125 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The first stage of the Dutch Coastal Path part 2 starts - not surprisingly - where part 1 ended: in Hoek van Holland. Hoek van Holland is located at the beginning of the Nieuwe Waterweg, the shipping route to the port of Rotterdam. From the departure point you can see the many seagoing ships sailing to and from the port.

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  • Intermediate
    04:50
    11.7 mi
    2.4 mph
    275 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This second leg of the Dutch Coastal Path part 2 starts at the 350-year-old Ockenburgh estate. The route of about 19 kilometers runs over a park-like part of the estate where the rhododendrons bloom in May.You walk towards the beach of Kijkduin, where you can take a break with a view of the sea if you have enough time. …

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  • Difficult
    05:51
    14.2 mi
    2.4 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In stage 3 of the Dutch Coastal Path part 2, 23 kilometers of walking route awaits you, mostly through wooded areas. You start your walk at The Hague Central Station. From there you quickly walk into the Haagse Bos.Via Landgoed Clingendael, Huis ten Bosch palace and the Vlakte van Waalsdorp you leave the bustle of the city further and …

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  • Difficult
    05:09
    12.6 mi
    2.4 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Of the twenty kilometers that this fourth stage of the Dutch Coastal Path part 2 counts, a large part runs directly along the water. You start in Katwijk aan Zee, where the statue of the fisherman's widow with son is a reminder of the hard life of the fishermen.You cross the Buitensluis at the beginning of the Binnenwatering and …

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  • Difficult
    05:35
    13.6 mi
    2.4 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The fifth stage of the Dutch Coastal Path part 2 runs through the beautiful area of the Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen. These dunes serve as a water catchment area for Amsterdam.The area is perfect for spotting a roe deer or fallow deer. The animals are so used to walkers that they just stop if you want to take a picture. Give the animals space and don't get too close. Enjoy the environment with forest, dunes and open spaces.

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  • Intermediate
    04:35
    11.1 mi
    2.4 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The sixth stage of the second part of the Dutch Coastal Path starts at Haarlem station. The walk is about 18 kilometers long, so if you start early you will have plenty of time to enjoy the city. Then view the St. Bavokerk and the Waag.If you follow the official route, you will walk west to Overveen and you …

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  • Intermediate
    03:43
    9.08 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    125 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    From the starting point of stage 7 of the Dutch Coastal Path part 2 in Santpoort-Noord you quickly walk across the Beeckestijn estate. You pass the gardener's house and come through the cherry orchard and a forest. In the 18th century, wealthy Amsterdammers stayed at this country estate to escape the city.Continue in the direction of Velsen-Zuid and you …

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  • Difficult
    05:11
    12.6 mi
    2.4 mph
    225 ft
    200 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In stage 8 of the Dutch Coastal Path part two you walk through dunes, dunes and more dunes. You are in the coastal town of Wijk aan Zee and you can leave the village in just a few steps.You wind over winding paths through lots of sand and the occasional forest. What do you see up there in the …

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  • Difficult
    05:13
    12.5 mi
    2.4 mph
    400 ft
    425 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage 9 of the Dutch Coastal Path part 2 combines a breath of fresh air along the beach with a wonderful stroll through the dunes. You start by the sea, namely in Egmond aan Zee, recognizable by the lighthouse Jan van Speijk. The lighthouse is visible from far and wide.The official route dives into the Duinen soon after Egmond, …

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  • Intermediate
    04:12
    10.3 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The tenth stage of the Dutch Coastal Path part 2 starts in the small village of Groet. Greeting is located directly behind the dunes and for a reason. In this way, the village is protected as much as possible from the ever-present sea breeze. You walk directly into the dunes from the starting point.After a few hundred meters you …

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  • Intermediate
    03:58
    9.82 mi
    2.5 mph
    25 ft
    50 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    From Callantsoog on the North Sea, this eleventh stage of the Dutch Coastal Path part 2 heads towards the Wadden Sea. From Callantsoog you first walk through the agricultural hinterland of the northern part of North Holland. Just before 't Zand you cross the Noordhollandsch Kanaal.You walk across Zijperdijk in the direction of Oudesluis, and you are accompanied by large herds of sheep that graze in the grass along the dike. The Zuiderzee used to be here.

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  • Intermediate
    04:06
    10.1 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The twelfth stage of the Dutch Coastal Path part 2 is almost 16 kilometers long and runs largely along the banks of the Amstelmeer. You start in Anna Paulowna and walk via polder roads to the shore of the Amstelmeer.

    You follow the course of the Amstelmeer in a wide arc, while you can see the Wadden Sea in the …

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  • Difficult
    06:02
    14.9 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage 13 of the Dutch Coastal Path part 2 covers no less than 24 kilometers. You are in the village of Hippolytushoef, high in the northern part of North Holland in the Wieringermeer. You walk past the striking church of the small village towards the much smaller Stroe. If you feel like it, make a short stop at the tea garden.

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  • Intermediate
    04:58
    12.2 mi
    2.5 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The route of the Dutch Coastal Path part 2 bends to the east at Callantsoog, to walk via Anna Paulowna and Den Oever to the Afsluitdijk. The disadvantage of this is that you have to coast the beautiful stretch between Callantsoog. Julianadorp and Den Helder. That is why Etappe V exists. With this you walk about 20 kilometers extra to discover the northernmost part of the North Holland North Sea coast.

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  • Intermediate
    04:19
    10.7 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In this extra stage of the Dutch Coastal Path part 2 you will discover the former island of Wieringen. The island's existence only came to an end in 1924, when the Amsteldiep was closed together with the Ulkediep. A little later, in 1930, the eastern Wieringermeerdijk was built in the Zuiderzee, and with it the adjacent Wieringermeer polder. The Afsluitdijk has connected Wieringen with Friesland since 1932.

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  • Difficult
    06:16
    15.4 mi
    2.5 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage B of the Dutch Coastal Path part 2 is, just like stage A, an extra walk. This walk takes you through Den Helder, which is surrounded by water on three sides.

    You will learn more about the Royal Netherlands Navy, of which Den Helder is the home base. But nature is also amply represented in this Tour. Via polder …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    16
  • Distance
    193 mi
  • Duration
    79:06 h
  • Elevation
    2,750 ft

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