If you thought that the Netherlands is lacking in nature, you are mistaken. Our country may be densely populated, but it has no less than 20 official national parks. So why does this Collection contain 21 parks, I hear you ask? Let me introduce you to a brand new national park: the Dutch Dunes National Park (Nationaal Park Hollandse Duinen).
You will find unique Dutch landscapes in the national parks: dunes, forests, heathland, low moors, tidal landscapes, brook valleys, fens and much more. Together, the parks cover some 120,000 hectares, which is almost 3 percent of the Netherlands. That may not sound like much, but in this Collection I present no less than 200 miles (323 km) of walking routes.
One of the largest parks is the Hoge Veluwe National Park. With 5,400 hectares of forests, heathland and sand dunes, it’s easy to understand why this is one of the most popular national parks in the Netherlands. One of my personal favorites is the Drentsche Aa National Park. Here, you will find flowery hay meadows and beautiful valleys as well as a huge number of prehistoric remains such as dolmens and burial mounds.
Another personal favourite is the Schiermonnikoog National Park, located on the Wadden Island of the same name. Despite its small size, you will find a wide variety of landscapes and more than 300 bird species here. The endless sandy plains of the Loonse and Drunense Dunes and the grasslands of the Nieuwland National Park, also known as Oostvaardersplassen, are also wonderful places to explore.
Instead of giving a top 10 list, I present 21 hikes in this Collection that showcase each of the national parks. Each park has its own uniqueness. I myself can tick off seven of the national parks from this list and I definitely plan to visit the other parks in the future. You can use this Collection as a guide to the most beautiful spots in the Netherlands.
These hikes are a diverse mix of challenging, multi-day trips for keen hikers to beautiful day trips for the whole family. Hopefully after reading it you will be inspired by the beauty that the Netherlands has to offer. Whether you complete the list in a season, a decade or a lifetime is entirely up to you. Time to put on your hiking boots and have fun walking!
Welcome to Fryslân! Home of National Park De Alde Faenen, Frisian for the old bogs. This area was previously seen as not very useful. Because of all that water, you couldn't do anything with the land. Fortunately, nature thought otherwise.The province has done its utmost to make this area accessible to enthusiasts without burdening nature too much. It is a quiet area and does not attract as many visitors as, for example, the popular Veluwe. In De Alde Faenen you come to escape everything.This route does not start at the campsite, but at the parking lot of Earnewâld, it is so easy. Parking is also possible at the visitor center at Koaidyk 8. The route also runs here and it is a round, so you will return to the same place. Along the way you pass the beautiful reed fields it Wikelslaân and the education forest It Pettebosk.The Alde Faenen are very high on my list to visit. I also already know where I want to camp. I am a fan of nature camping areas and De Reidplûm is located in the middle of De Alde Faenen. A small-scale nature camping site exclusively for tents. It is only a small field, so you have to book in advance.
I always thought that the Biesbosch was only worth visiting by boat, but this walk is an adventure in itself. You go at a wonderfully slow pace. This way you can admire nature even better.By the way, put on your waterproof walkers. Thanks to the unique up and down fresh water, the hiking trails still want to flood with water. Great fun, this is how it becomes a real stroll. Tip: don't put on white socks.The Jantjesplaat is the westernmost plate of the Biesbosch and is about bridges and mud paths. Walk the first part along the bank of the Nieuwe Merwede. The Biesbosch lies in the delta of this river and the Beneden-Merwede.The next part of the tour is about forest area Brabander with unique flood forests. The trees that are tilted and tilted are typical of the Biesbosch. Walk towards the Gat van den Kleinen Wil and make a loop over the former polder of Hooge Hof.In this route I have also included a tour of the Deeneplaat with the beautiful flood forest, but you can also skip this and save it for another time. It is also a long, but certainly beautiful way back to the parking lot where you started.You will not find any catering establishments on the Jantjesplaat. But all the more beautiful places for a picnic. So bring your own and enjoy your lunch outdoors. Do not forget to bring your waste, so you do not leave unwanted traces and we keep nature clean.
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This 14-kilometer hiking trail passes through swamps, heaths and large open ponds of De Groote Peel National Park. Despite the name, this is the smallest national park in the Netherlands, but no less beautiful. Waterproof walkers are also recommended. The walk starts at the De Pelen outdoor center. Here you will find an information center, a health food store and catering.You walk along the Hertogenpad past the beautiful Peel farm with its special glass roof. A nice place for a lunch or coffee break. The first lake you will encounter is the Meerbaansblaak. An ideal place to spot bird watchers with a viewing platform, a bird watching hut and a viewing tower. So bring your binoculars!Historians believe that the name De Peel is derived from the Roman name Locus paludosus, which means 'swampy region'.Along the Meerbaansblaak you not only enjoy all nature and birds. You also walk past a special example. This work of art aptly symbolizes the strong influence man has on this natural landscape. In De Groote Peel, the traces of the peat cutting period are still clearly visible.The walking path runs straight through the Aan 't Elfde lake, the heart of De Groote Peel. You walk all the way around the lake. The last part of the walk is partly over the bat bridges: special platforms that date from the Roman period. Fortunately, the bat bridges in this walk were built a little more recently, so that you can cross the wetlands high and dry.Pay attention when planning this walk. During the breeding season and the bird migration period, part of the national park is closed to the public. There is parking at the starting point of the route. By public transport you travel to bus stop Moosdijk on the Meijelsedijk.
The Hoge Veluwe National Park consists of undulating grass plains, colorful moors and dense forest. The route starts with a two-kilometer-long avenue: a straight stretch of beautiful oak that is one of the most monumental avenues in the Netherlands.The Hoge Veluwe is a beautiful nature reserve in the middle of the Netherlands. The walking route is about 15 kilometers long and starts and ends in Hoenderloo.The route continues westwards via the heather field De Bunt and the wildlife observation site Millelamel. Chances are that you will encounter deer or wild boars on the way here. If you take this walk in September and October, you also have a chance of a striking mating ritual. Male deer will search for a suitable female during this period. Listen to the sound of clattering antlers.The walk is easy to combine with a visit to the Kröller-Müller Museum. Here you will find the second largest collection of Van Gogh artworks in the world. In addition, works of art by Monet, Picasso and Mondriaan are also exhibited. On the way back from the walking route you pass a viewpoint from where you have a beautiful view of the French Mountain and the museum.Please note: You need an entrance ticket to visit De Hoge Veluwe. You buy a ticket in advance via the website or at the entrance of the park. Hoenderloo is only accessible by bus. There is also sufficient parking space for those who come by car.
This beautiful walk through De Loonse and Drunense Duinen starts near Loop op Zand. The tour runs largely through loose sand. The area therefore resembles the largest sandbox in the Netherlands and is jokingly sometimes referred to as the Dutch Sahara. Good walking shoes are recommended.The route starts in the direction of the Landgoed Bosch en Duin. The first part consists of paved walking paths. Only after you have passed the Monument of Bosch and Dune, the drifting sand plain will become visible.The National Park De Loonse en Drunense Duinen consists of forest, heather and especially sand. It is one of the largest drifting sand areas in Western Europe. The wind has free play here and can blow undisturbed in many places. As a result, the landscape always looks different.The route runs diagonally through the sand plain. Since there are no hiking trails here, the use of komoot is a solution here. You can easily get lost in all the south dunes. In the northern part of the park, the route again leads a bit through wooded area. At the Kleine Vlakte the route bends to the south. The way back is via an easier to walk path back to the starting point.The park can be reached by bus from Tilburg Central Station. However, it is easier to reach by car. There are plenty of parking spaces in the vicinity of the starting location. You will not come across any catering establishments along the way, so bring your own packed lunch and a drink. The route is suitable for the whole family at approximately ten kilometers.
The walking route through the National Park De Maasduinen starts at the visitor center, located in a lock complex. The starting point of the route is easiest to reach by car. In about 16 kilometers you walk counterclockwise around the beautiful Reindersmeer and along sandy heaths. The Maasduinen is the longest river dune belt in the Netherlands. The park is located in North Limburg right next to the German border.You have a view of the Reindersmeer right from the start. Sand has been excavated in the area since 1963. Sand extraction ceased in 2001, after which the former sand pond was converted into a nature reserve. Swimming and fishing are prohibited, but the lake has a beautiful natural beauty. You can also spot special amphibians and reptiles.North of the lake, after about 3 kilometers, the path curves to the east. From here you have a beautiful view of moors and coniferous forests. After passing the Wezerweg you follow the a route marked with green posts. The landscape slowly changes into a different environment, with sandy soils and dunes. Here you also have an amazing view of the Maasduinen, the namesake of this national park.The route continues south with an extra loop through a wooded area. You can shorten the route by taking the ferry across the Reindersmeer back to the visitor center.
National Park De Meinweg is located in the centrally located part of Limburg. This park is a unique area thanks to its terraces of different heights. In a distant past, the Maas and Rhine deposited sediment and shifted land in the earth's crust. This has created three different terraces with a total height difference of 50 meters. Today you will also make the necessary - for Dutch standards - altimeters.Besides the varied landscape, this is the only nature reserve in Limburg where the viper still occurs. You can also encounter boars, foxes, polecats, stone martens and ermines during the walk.The starting location of the walking route is east of Roermond. The route alternates between forest paths, through swamp forests with alder and birch and through heather landscapes with fens. The route partly runs through German territory. In the first part you walk through the wooded Luzenkamp. Halfway through the route you will pass moist areas. Here you pass the Rolvennen and the Melickerven. These are beautiful shallow puddles in barren grasslands and moist heaths. From the lookout tower you have a beautiful view over a large part of the national park.Near the ‘Walking parking place’ you pass the old railway line between Antwerp and the industrialized Ruhr area for the first time. The railway has not been in use since 1991. But during the previous centuries, the line was used for freight transport. The starting location is best reached by car. There are plenty of options for parking.
The Hollandse Duinen National Park is a bit of an odd man out. The park is still in full development. Sandwiched between the beaches of the North Sea and the dunes of South Holland are beach walls and mainland dunes. Governments are busy giving the area the official title of National Park. Special in this part of the park are the many defenses from the Second World War. This route passes a number of bunkers and fortresses.The area roughly runs from Hoek van Holland to Noordwijk aan Zee. Today's route passes through Hoek van Holland, which is sandwiched between the North Sea and Nieuwe Waterweg. The start of this walk is the Atlantic Wall, a German defense line that was supposed to prevent an Allied invasion. Walk along the banks of the Waterweg to the Pier. From here you have an amazing view of the beach on one side and the Rotterdam Maasvlakte on the other.The route continues through the loose sand towards the Dixhoorn triangle. This area was reclaimed by Rijkswaterstaat in the 1970s. You will arrive at the Zeetoren towards the farthest point of the route. The tower used to serve as a radar tower for the Germans, and was later used by the KNMI as a climatic center. Via the Strandboulevard, where you encounter bunkers, you walk through to the dunes and eventually back to the starting point.Hoek van Holland is easy to reach from Rotterdam with the brand new metro connection Hoekse Lijn. During the walk you will pass dozens of restaurants and cafes.
Right on the border with our southern neighbors is a beautiful nature reserve, Grenspark De Zoom. On this part of the Belgian-Dutch border you will find heather, fens, forests and land dunes.This walk starts in Belgium in the forests that grow on the dune landscape. Here you will find many maritime pines, recognizable by the extra long needles and large pinecones.You can also immediately see why this area is called the stubble mountains. In some places, the stubble (sloping dunes) and sloping dunes have a height difference of 5 to 10 meters. Have you noticed at the border posts that you have now crossed the border to the Netherlands?There used to be a lot of bickering about this border. Supreme lords and local rulers regularly claimed each other's territory. At the time, they bickered about water, grazing land, peat extraction, hunting and fishing, tax collection and the administration of justice.The municipalities of Belgium and the Netherlands are now working together on the maintenance of nature in this border park. Little by little, plots are bought up to restore it into one large heather area. A good example of this can be found on De Koude Heide, where this 8-kilometer walk largely runs around.This walk is easy to extend further. At the starting point of the route there is an information board with the marked walks in this area. This is the "Squirrel" hiking trail and you can extend it with the 4.3 kilometer "Woodpecker" hiking trail.Zandvliet is a good base for the walk on the Kalmthoutse Heide. You will find hotels and eateries. At the beginning of this route there is also a restaurant to chill out after this beautiful walk. For the dog lovers, Fikkie can join this walk.
In the Netherlands, a lot of work is being done to restore natural biodiversity. In the Drents-Friese Wold, governments and nature organizations have already succeeded very well in this. After a lot of hard work from the rangers, the beautiful forest now also offers space for sand drifts, fens, heaths and marshes.The Drents-Friese Wold is the largest contiguous forest area after the Hoge Veluwe, so you can wander around here for hours and be surprised by something new. This long walk of more than 18 kilometers goes through the brook valley of the Vledder Aa. The stream meanders through the area, attracting a lot of animals and plants. In the summer months the area can be very dry and warm, so I prefer to plan my visit in the (wet) winter months.Because the paths can be swampy, and in some places very dry and sandy again, it is important to put on good footwear. This way your socks stay dry and (as much as possible) free from sand. And if it is too muddy? Then I walk through it barefoot.The National Park is ideal for a short domestic holiday. There are a lot of holiday farms, bed & breakfasts, campsites and holiday parks. Appelscha is a good base for visiting this National Park. It is easy to reach by car and there is plenty of free parking. The area is unfortunately difficult to reach by public transport.
This walk through the National Park Drentsche Aa makes a tour around the Oudemolensche Diep. The park is located east of Assen and is the best-preserved brook valley landscape in Western Europe. In the area you will find beautiful tall ash trees and in the lower brook valley there are flowery hay meadows.The route is relatively short with a length of seven kilometers and is therefore suitable for all ages. Navigating is easy because the route is signposted by light blue posts. Because the area is somewhat lower, it can be wet along the stream. Good, waterproof walking shoes are therefore desirable.After the start you will soon pass the flour mill De Zwaluw. You can take a look at the mill via an idyllic sandy path. The mill is in operation on Saturdays and you can buy flour there. Further northeast you cross the Oudemolensche Diep for the first time. This is a stream valley that is one of the crown jewels of the park.Shortly after the crossing of the Oudemolensche Diep, the route runs a little bit over the famous Pieterpad. This is the best-known long-distance walking route in the Netherlands, from Pieterburen to Sint-Pietersberg.South of the Oudemolenseweg the path continues the Oudemolensche Diep. From this wooded part of the park you have a beautiful view over the hay meadows. Especially in the months of May and June it looks purple from the flowers.There is ample parking at the start of the walk. The route is easy to expand for those who have not yet seen enough of this beautiful area.
The Dunes of Texel National Park is located on the Netherlands' largest Wadden Island. The nature reserve is almost 5,000 hectares and the 17-kilometer walking route leads along the northern dune row.The route starts in De Cocksdorp. The first part goes along the youngest forest of Texel. The Crimean Forest was planted in the 1980s when more and more tourists came to the island. If you continue to follow the blue poles, you will arrive at the Hanenplas; a shallow dune lake where wild ruffs used to exist.At Zanddijk, the route nods towards the sea and beach. From here you have a beautiful view of the North Sea and De Slufter. De Slufter is one of the most beautiful places on Texel. After several unsuccessful attempts to construct an agricultural polder, it was decided to abandon the sea. Now it is a bird and breeding area that is flooded during a storm.Via the dike that connects De Slufter and De Muy, you walk to the Bertesnol (North Holland for dune). During the breeding season you can spot white spoonbills and black cormorants here. Furthermore, the route leads over the beach and along the forest edge with pine trees. The trees protect the village behind from sea breeze. The route ends at Ecomare, the visitor center of National Park Dunes of Texel.Texel is easily accessible by public transport. The crossing of Den Helder takes place with the ferry. Getting around the island is easiest by bus. This also applies to and from the start and end points. During the walk, there are plenty of options for taking a break and having lunch. During the walk you will experience the beautiful diversity of the island; from beach walls and plains to young dune landscapes and beautiful cultural history.
To give the animals in nature the necessary rest, most nature reserves are not accessible between sunset and sunrise. But Dwingelderveld National Park is open to nightly research. Natuurmonumenten has set out a special night walking route in the forest here.This ten kilometer route is an extension of the official night walking route of Natuurmonumenten. I advise you to plan your walk so that you can see the sunrise at the bird watching hut at the Davidsplassen. The colors of the lake around this time are beautiful. As soon as the sun is up it seems as if a go-ahead has been given and all birds start moving at the same time.If you plan the route about an hour and a half before sunrise, you have enough time to enjoy the darkness during the first three kilometers of the walk. It can still be really dark here and with a small moon you can see many stars. In the dark, your other senses are on edge. You hear and smell much more than during a normal day hike.Sometimes you still want to be able to see something, so take a small flashlight with you to be sure. However, try to use it as little as possible so that you experience the darkness well. Once the sun has risen, the rest of the park is also freely accessible. Birds and animals on the moors are very active right after sunrise, so keep your ears and eyes open.The last part of this walk goes through the forest. The forest sometimes looks a bit neglected, but the dead branches are left on purpose. The forest is slowly becoming more and more natural. Dead trees and branches provide habitat for mosses, mushrooms and all kinds of insects. The insects attract birds again, which in their place also contribute to greater biodiversity.If you don't feel like driving to the starting point of this route in the middle of the night, you can also choose to spend the night nearby. There are several campsites and holiday homes and in Dwingeloo you will find a number of hotels and restaurants. Parking is also free at the Paasbergen swimming pool, which is also the start and end point of this exciting night walk.
In the past, fresh and salt water flowed into each other in the Lauwerszee. After the construction of a dam in 1969 to combat water, a completely new landscape emerged on the former seabed. This walk takes you along the edges of the Lauwersmeer. A true bird paradise.You start the walk along the edge of the Kollumerwaard. Vast reed beds and grassy meadows offer many nesting places for marsh birds. You will also see many birds of prey such as buzzards, harriers and kestrels.To keep the area nicely open, the forester uses heavy artillery against bushes and trees. 280 Scottish highlanders and 40 Konik horses work all year round to preserve this special panoramic view.In the Zomerhuisbos, the next part of the walk, you can clearly see what happens if the land is not grazed. Keeping the soil in this area wet creates a swamp forest.From the viewing hill you have a beautiful view over the National Park Lauwersmeer. Here you can gaze into the distance and relax completely. You walk completely relaxed to Kollumeroord, the most southwestern part of the Kollumerwaard. The forests here mainly consist of poplar, poplar, alder and willow. The last part of the walk passes through serene reed beds where you can hear the birds singing.The tour is ten kilometers long and is easily accessible. Not everything is paved, so consider good footwear in wet conditions. The National Park is also a Dark Sky Park so staying overnight in the region and coming back in the evening to experience the park in a completely different way is definitely recommended.The walk is not accessible by public transport. By car, enter postcode 9293MJ in your navigation system. Dogs are not allowed in this area.
As the name of this park suggests, this area is relatively new. Only from 2018 this area will be an official national park; New Land National Park. The park consists of various nature reserves in the province of Flevoland. The land was reclaimed from the sea by spraying sand and clay.The route starts at the Buitencentrum Oostvaardersplassen. In about 20 kilometers you make a number of loops along the most beautiful places in the area. Think of panoramic views of water features and grasslands. And who knows, you might spot the Dutch "Big Five" today.The walk starts with a visit to the bird watching hut De Schollevaar. The route here follows a grass path with high reeds on both sides. From the hut you have a beautiful view over the Oostvaardersplassen and you see countless birds. You walk the same way to the bird watching hut De Zeearend. This is the place to spot the bird of prey with a wingspan of 2.5 meters.The route first continues in an easterly direction. Keep your eyes open. Here you could just see konik horses, foxes, heck cattle, red deer and roe deer. The walk then continues with a loop in the northern part of the park to end again at the Buitencentrum van de Oostvaardersplassen. The center is best reached by car or bicycle from the Lelystad train station (approx. 8 kilometers).
The Oosterschelde is a unique place where the water really brings life. You can see it directly along the Havenkanaal. At the Kiekuut you can study all birds in the area from a height.You continue the path to the very tip of the Harbor Head. The best spot for porpoises. Did you know that porpoises are not dolphins at all? They are related to the cetaceans.You walk about three kilometers along the Oosterschelde on the dike. The first two kilometers you have a good inland view over the inlay and the cart fields. This area used to work hard to protect us from the water. You can still see this in the cart tracks in the ground, which are now mainly used by birds to scrape their food together.The Roggenplaat comes into view during the last two kilometers along the Oosterschelde. At high tide, only the white shell bump protrudes above the water. A cockle feast that lights up beautifully in sunny weather.The last few kilometers you walk through the grasslands. Now you really notice what a unique place this is. The salty air blows over the fields and has a special effect on nature. Only most special plants with beautiful colors survive here. Completely recharged you will return to the starting point of this walk in Zierikzee.You can also combine the walk with a visit to Zierikzee. There are many places to stay and catering. The starting point of this route is the parking lot at the Hoofdpoortstraat and here you will also find a campsite. The walk is suitable for the whole family, although it may be a bit long for the youngest at ten kilometers. The paths are easy to walk on, so the pram can come along.
You don't walk this route of more than 40 kilometers in one day, maybe not even in two if you want to take a bit more time. However, two to three days should be enough depending on your fitness. You walk through beautiful forest, through the polders, along ditches and beautiful estates. Many parts are unpaved and sometimes not even a real path, but just the ditch side!You will come across several camping areas along the way, so you can plan for yourself in how many stages you will complete this walk.The Sallandse Heuvelrug is a beautiful nature reserve with long continuous heaths. Thanks to its location on a 150,000-year-old moraine, the hike has a number of climbs. The advantage of this is that you have great views. In addition to beautiful nature, you will come across interesting buildings. An example of this is De Palthetoren. A white observatory used to be located in the white tower of this building.Do not take too much with you on your own soil. That just lugs. Your packing list should at least include: a lightweight tent, a sleeping bag, a toothbrush, clean underpants and a few extra socks. It is important to bring your own food and drinks. From the information point on the Holterberg, there is no catering facility on the route on the first day. The next part of the route you will only see a few restaurants.The Salland Hourglass runs from east to west, but you can also walk it the other way around. The start and end of the route is a train station, so come by public transport, or return to your own vehicle by train at the end of the walk. You can also follow the signage of the Salland Hourglass. Can be recognized by the pink and green signs on the posts of the walking network.
The Utrechtse Heuvelrug is probably the most easily accessible national park in the whole of the Netherlands. The location in Utrecht is very central and you can easily get there by train. This is how you start this walk at NS station Driebergen-Zeist and end after less than 15 kilometers at NS station Maarn.You can also shorten this route to 8 kilometers. Then hop on the bus to Austerlitz to the end station of the route. Check the current departure times in advance. Austerlitz has a restaurant where you can have a lunch break. Bringing your own lunch and picnicking on the moor is perhaps more fun, provided the weather is nice of course.The route takes you across the Bornia and Den Treek-Henschoten estates. It is a beautiful forest area, interspersed with typical Dutch sand drifts and heather landscape. A lot of forest dwellers also live in this area. Badgers, squirrels, roe deer, foxes and even pine martens. For this reason, dogs are not welcome everywhere.The Utrechtse Heuvelrug National Park is a long chain of hills created by sliding land ice during the Ice Age. In addition to beautiful nature and ancient landscapes, you will find beautiful estates here. Wealthy families used to have their country houses and castles built here. An interesting structure on the route is De Koepel van Stoop, in which a studio is located. Another beautiful highlight are the Cow Hills near Maarn. This is an open sand drift where sheep have grazed for centuries.The finish location is only one kilometer away, in the center of Maarn. Here you can have a drink on one of the terraces before returning home by train.
Schiermonnikoog not only has a National Park, it is also recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is therefore one of the wildest places in the Netherlands and my favorite Wadden island.The best thing is perhaps that the island (like Vlieland) is car-free. You can park your car in Lauwersoog and then cross over by ferry to Schiermonnikoog. Lauwersoog is also accessible by public transport. On the island itself you take the bus, the bicycle or the stroller.Tourism on Schiermonnikoog is still wonderfully small-scale, so early reservations are advisable for overnight stays. There are nice restaurants on the island, beautiful beach pavilions and the wine bar is always fun.The route starts and ends at the visitor center. With 15 kilometers it is a brisk walk on mainly well-maintained paths. Halfway the route you reach the beach where you can have lunch at the beach pavilion. So bring a backpack with a bottle of water and some food for the first 7.5 kilometers.Along the way you pass beautiful forests and beaches. From the bird watching hut Westerplas, located at the beginning of the route, you have the best chance of spotting all kinds of freshwater birds. The route ends in the village of Schiermonnikoog. Less than 1,000 inhabitants live in the village of the island of the same name. It is therefore the smallest municipality in the Netherlands in terms of population and also has the lowest population density in the Netherlands. Enjoy the peace on this beautiful island.
The Weerribben-Wieden is a wonderful place for a summer excursion. I have often cycled through this area, but I have never walked here. And that must change quickly. That is why I planned this brisk 18-kilometer hike through the Weerribben.The route is an appropriate rectangle due to the equally rectangular landscape of fens (peat holes) and ribs (laying fields to dry peat and reed). Too intensive dyeing in De Wieden resulted in too narrow shelves that were knocked away under the influence of wind and waves, thus forming weeding (lakes). This area is therefore entirely formed by human hands, with a little guidance from nature.Just over half of the route you pass De Tjaskermolen. This type of mill is one of the smallest types that used to be used to lower the water level so that peat could be cut.You can now only see that the area was so intensively worked in the mills and the characteristics of the painters' houses. When the peat processing stopped, some of the locals switched to reed processing. A much larger part of the locals now earn their living here by taking care of us, the visitors, with nice boat trips and restaurants.The hike is quite long at 18 kilometers. So go out all day. Along the way there is ample opportunity to buy something to eat and drink, so a bag with a snack and a bottle of water is sufficient. The walk starts at the parking lot in the Netherlands. The village of the Netherlands.
How wonderful it is to get a breath of fresh air in the dunes. You can stroll endlessly in the Kennemer dunes. The dunes form the largest area of the Zuid-Kennemerland National Park, which stretches from Zandvoort to IJmuiden.The dunes used to be an important area for water extraction in North Holland, which is why various lakes have also been constructed. Drinking water extraction in the Kennemer dunes ended in 2002. Now you can take a nice refreshing dip in these lakes during this beautiful walk. Do not forget to bring the sunscreen, walking shoes, water and snacks to this beautiful area.You can extend the route even further by walking past the Vogelmeer to the beach Parnassia of Bloemendaal aan Zee. Here is also a beach pavilion for a lunch stop. Dogs are welcome on the beach, but not on a large part of this walk through the dunes. Zuid-Kennemerland National Park has made a handy map for this online.You walk through forest, over viewpoints and of course through the dunes. The route starts at De Kennemerduinen Visitor Center, which is also the main entrance to the Zuid-Kennemerland National Park. Here you will also find Het Duincafé, where you can eat and drink something before and / or after the walk. You can park (for a fee) at the Koevlak car park or get off at the Kennemerduinen bus stop on bus 81 from Zandvoort in the direction of Haarlem.