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For hill seekers: The best trail runs in the Netherlands

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For hill seekers: The best trail runs in the Netherlands

Running Collection by Pauline van der Waal

8

Tours

14:43 h

77.8 mi

4,775 ft

Well, the Netherlands is as flat as a dime, of course. Are you an enthusiastic trailrunner who regularly runs in the mountains, then it is difficult for your training to include much elevation gain in our own country. Yet it is not entirely impossible.

That's why I've listed eight trail runs within the Netherlands. The runs vary in difficulty: there are very challenging runs of up to 30 kilometers, but also shorter ones that are suitable for beginners– burning calves and thighs guaranteed either way!

The dunes lend themselves quite well for taking in some elevation. For example, the Dune Top walk through the dune area of Schoorl makes for quite tough training. The dunes here are the highest in the Netherlands.
Less demanding and therefore also suitable for less experienced trail runners is the Vuurtorenroute on Vlieland. You climb via winding paths to the foot of the lighthouse at a height of 43 meters.

Two classics that should not be missing from this list are the
Utrechtse Heuvelrug Trail (UHT) and the route around the Duivelsberg near Nijmegen. The UHT runs from Rhenen station to Driebergen-Zeist station and is thirty kilometres long. You clock your time by taking a picture at both station clocks.
That’s not why it’s called Duivelsberg – devil’s mountain – but the 500+ steps you encounter on the route around the Duivelsberg can indeed be devilish! Meanwhile you can enjoy the beautiful nature in the woods around Nijmegen.

Proper mountains can be found further south, in the Limburg province, notably with the Sint Pietersberg and the Vaalserberg. That's where the most elevation gain can be expected. Moreover, you can easily enjoy a piece of Germany or Belgium too.

Try them all or choose your local favorite but make sure to enjoy the climbs that the Netherlands has to offer. Are these Tours too short or too long for you? Then you can easily adjust each of the routes to suit your needs. I wish you a lot of fun!

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    01:13
    6.84 mi
    5.6 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate run. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Lighthouse Route is run annually as an official competition, but of course you can also train here when you are on holiday on Vlieland.The route runs on the …

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  • Difficult
    02:24
    12.6 mi
    5.3 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Some sure footedness required.

    The Dune Summit Tour through the dunes of Schoorl is actually set out as a walking route, but is also often used as a trail run. You will find the …

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  • Intermediate
    00:19
    1.87 mi
    5.9 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Intermediate run. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Some sure footedness required.

    The Amsterdamse Bos is - literally - under the smoke of Schiphol and Amsterdam. It is therefore a surprise to many people that a thousand hectares of forest are waiting …

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  • Difficult
    03:54
    20.9 mi
    5.4 mph
    800 ft
    825 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Some sure footedness required.

    One of the most famous trail run routes in the Netherlands is the Utrechtse Heuvelrug Trail. This route of 30 kilometers and 330 altimeters runs from Rhenen station to Driebergen …

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  • Intermediate
    01:21
    6.88 mi
    5.1 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate run. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    When glaciers pushed sand and gravel in front of them with unprecedented force some 150,000 years ago, a lateral moraine of about 78 meters was created, while the rest of …

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  • Intermediate
    01:37
    8.80 mi
    5.5 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate run. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Some sure footedness required.

    The N70 nature route is a trail through a beautiful piece of landscape in the Rijk van Nijmegen. The trail runs through a hilly and wooded area. A beautiful and intensive route for a real trail run.The well-known N70 route in the Rijk van Nijmegen is perhaps the most beautiful trail run you can imagine. Different routes of different lengths have been plotted. I chose a 14-kilometer run here through the rolling countryside.

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  • Intermediate
    01:25
    7.24 mi
    5.1 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate run. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Some sure footedness required.

    The Sint Pietersberg is a special place with the fortress and the caves. The old lime quarry is therefore worth a visit. Because of the steep parts and a lot …

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  • Difficult
    02:30
    12.6 mi
    5.0 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,350 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Well, the Netherlands is of course as flat as a dime. If you are an enthusiastic trail runner who regularly runs in the mountains, it is difficult to train altimeters in our own country. Yet it is not entirely impossible.That is why I have listed eight trail runs within our national borders. The runs vary in difficulty. There are very heavy runs, but also shorter ones that are suitable for novice runners. Burning calves and thighs guaranteed!

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    77.8 mi
  • Duration
    14:43 h
  • Elevation
    4,775 ft

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