Van station Soest-Zuid naar Den Dolder — Trailruns voor beginners
Pauline van der Waal planned a run.
August 31, 2020
If you're a beginner trail runner, you probably won't be covering huge distances just yet. That means that you can often only make a small circle. For that reason, this route does not start and end at the same place, but you walk from station to station. This way you can see as much of the environment as possible.The trail run starts at Soest-Zuid station. After walking fairly parallel to the track, you cross the track and almost immediately dive into the Soester dunes nature reserve.You will soon see the enormous sand drifts for which the So soesten dunes are known on your left, next to the heather and forest. The Soester dunes are the largest drifting sand area in the province of Utrecht.In this route you follow the path that runs along the large sandy plain. If you want an extra challenge, or if you want to practice for a heavier trail run, you can grab a piece of sand. Because you sink further away, this is a bit heavier. The trick is to run on your forefoot as much as possible. Because you make contact with the sand with a smaller surface, walking becomes easier.After the sandy plain you keep following the path and walk towards the railway. The moment you cross the track, you are about halfway through your trail run. On the other side of the track you will again find forest and sand. You meander over narrow forest paths along the trees, which requires a different technique than the vast expanse of sand.You then turn back towards the track and walk the last part on a path parallel to the rails. You can already see Den Dolder and as soon as you cross the provincial road you are almost at the train. Walk the last bit to the station and get on the train home.Of course you can also reverse the route if that is easier for you, and walk from Den Dolder to Soest-Zuid.