Pauline van der Waal

Sand dunes and beaches – best hikes along Netherland’s west coast

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Sand dunes and beaches – best hikes along Netherland’s west coast

Hiking Collection by Pauline van der Waal

6

Tours

18:23 h

44.7 mi

875 ft

Stretching for 219 miles (353 km), the west coast of Holland boasts over 124 miles (200 km) of beaches. From dunes to white sand, bunkers dating to WWII, forests and wetlands, a walk along the North Sea is never boring. I will show you the most beautiful walks along the coast in this Collection.

The first hike takes you through the unique dune landscape of Texel, the largest of the West Frisian Islands. You walk from the famous Eierland Lighthouse, through the beautiful Slufter area, finishing in the quaint village of De Koog. To reach this island on the Wadden Coast, you can take a twenty-minute boat ride from Den Helder, making it easy to enjoy this spectacular area on a short trip.

Between the village of Schoorl and the beach, you can visit the highest sand dunes in the Netherlands. The Klimduin dune, standing at 167 feet (51 m) borders the village. This 7.5-mile (12 km) route takes you through forests, over sand dunes and to wonderful beaches. You can even sneak in a few metres of climbing.

Perhaps the most famous nature reserve along the Dutch coast is the Amsterdam Water Supply Dunes (Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen) which have provided Amsterdam with drinking water for over 150 years. The area is also a great place for walking. Keep your eyes peeled and you may even spot some fallow deer.

Just south of Kijkduin district in The Hague is the Sand Motor. This artificial peninsula created by humans has been shaped by the waves, wind and currents to create a unique coastline. The dunes are open to the public.

The Kwade Hoek Nature Reserve on the tip of the island of the Goeree-Overflakkee island is a lesser well-known area to explore. As the reserve lies outside of the dykes, wind and water have created a special stretch of nature teeming with birds and with sand dunes blanketed in orchids.

The last walk on this Collection guides you through Walcheren, a former island on the mouth of the Scheldt Estuary in southern Zeeland. Here, you will walk through dunes as well as historic former country estates where Russian and German nobility once owned homes. The route finishes in Westkapelle on Texel island where you meet the lighthouse once more.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    04:11
    10.2 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Dunes of Texel National Park is a beautiful piece of nature in the Netherlands. De Slufter and De Muy are highlights on your route through the dune landscape. Of …

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  • Intermediate
    03:06
    7.31 mi
    2.4 mph
    350 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Schoorl dunes are among the highest in the Netherlands. You start this walk at the most famous: the Climbing Dune of Schoorl. This 51-meter-high dune is also a good entry point. Children are often here for hours, ideal if their parents have a drink on the terrace at the bottom of the dune.From the top of the dune you walk towards the sea. After about two kilometers you will arrive at De Berenkuil, a nice terrace for a stopover. If you are not ready for a break yet, continue towards the extensive dunes. You leave the forest and enter a wide dune landscape, which sometimes even looks surreal with the bare trees in the distance. You cross this area and hear the murmur of the waves more and more clearly. No wonder, because you can see the sea on the beach crossing.

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  • Intermediate
    02:38
    6.38 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The name Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen is quite literally. Drinking water has been extracted here for the city of Amsterdam since 1853, making it the oldest water extraction area in the Netherlands. …

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  • Intermediate
    02:17
    5.60 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Sand Motor is a unique piece of coastline. It is an artificially created peninsula off the coast of Ter Heijde. This is an attempt to provide the Dutch coastline …

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  • Intermediate
    02:46
    6.83 mi
    2.5 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The special feature of the De Kwade Hoek nature reserve is that the water is still in control here, as has been the case for centuries. During the construction of …

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  • Intermediate
    03:24
    8.33 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This special walk takes you past old country estates in the beautiful nature reserve De Manteling, through the artists' village of Domburg and of course along the beautiful beach of …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    44.7 mi
  • Duration
    18:23 h
  • Elevation
    875 ft

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