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Het bos van Spaarne bij Halfweg — Spontaan de stad uit

Het bos van Spaarne bij Halfweg — Spontaan de stad uit

6.48 mi
2.5 mph
50 ft
75 ft
Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
0.78 mi


Hiking Highlight

2.01 mi

Manege Spaarnwoude

Hiking Highlight

4.48 mi

Uitkijktoren Geuzenbos

4.88 mi


Hiking Highlight

5.30 mi


Hiking Highlight

6.48 mi


Hiking Path: 3.56 mi
Path: 2.02 mi
Street: 0.66 mi
Road: 335 yd
Off-grid (unknown): < 109 yd


Natural: 1.34 mi
Unpaved: 2.99 mi
Paved: 1.80 mi
Asphalt: 201 yd
Unknown: 416 yd
  • Includes an off-grid segment

    Navigation instructions may be limited.

Weather Forecast

Pauline van der Waal planned a hike.

September 29, 2018


  • Pauline van der Waal

    This walk from Halfweg-Zwanenburg station is an absolute undiscovered gem. You will be there in no time and it is completely unknown to many Amsterdammers. You can take a lovely walk in the forest of Spaarne / Houtrak.The seawall used to be here. After all, the IJ was still connected to the salty Zuiderzee, which made the water briny here. When the North Sea Canal was constructed in 1876, this area was reclaimed. The forest where you now walk was 150 years ago so just water.You start your walk in the green Spaarnwoude. Recreation area Spaarnwoude is a lot bigger than you will discover today. Now we walk through the section called Houtrak. You follow the winding paths and probably see horses on the bridle path. They come from Manege Spaarnwoude a bit further.After the riding, you continue through the semi-open forest. You will now officially leave Spaarnwoude and enter the Geuzenbos. This section has only recently returned to nature.Konik horses and Scottish highlanders walk in the Geuzenbos. In season you can hear the concert of the frogs sitting in the pools here. You climb the Spaarndammerdijk.You now come to the Amsterdam ban pole from 1624. This pole was placed back on this spot in 2006 and was recorded in 1650 by Rembrandt on one of his paintings.You now slowly walk back to the station, with the old sugar factory in the background. You take the train back to Amsterdam and most likely intend to recommend this fantastic area so close to home to your friends.You can easily take the train to Halfweg-Zwanenburg. From Amsterdam Central you are there in ten minutes. From Sloterdijk station it will even cost you five. After that you are within a minute in the forest that starts right behind the station.

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Het bos van Spaarne bij Halfweg — Spontaan de stad uit