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Hiking in the Netherlands

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1. Posted by huish (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

I am going to the Netherlands in April and was wondering if anyone had any good hiking ideas or advise? Thanks.

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Netherland is not really a hiking country (its more a country for cycling) but there are some nice places. One example is South-Limburg which is kind of hilly. This is also the area most Dutch people consider to be the most beautiful landscape of the country. Other areas for hiking are the "Veluwe" (central Netherlands). Also little hilly and sandground vegitation with heathland. Maybe the "Achterhoek" which is situated mid-east with castles and rural estates. National park "de Weerribben" in the northern part of the province of Overijssel. This area has developed by peat digging to use as natural fuel. There is a lot of water and a lot of reed. A lot of different species of birds you will find here. It has a few typical Dutch towns with a lot of canals. Its nice to hike there but hiring a canoe is also a great experience. Cycling is also a good option. In the north is "Friesland" with a lot of water and flatlands. Hiking here is OK but I think better to use a bycycle.

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4810 posts) 9y

wouterrr summed up most of the obvious locations, but he forgot one absolutely excellent hiking area in the Netherlands: the dunes. You can for example walk over paths through the dunes most (all?) of the way from Scheveningen to IJmuiden (might have to skip over to the beach itself for some parts of it, but not many I don't think), and it's all beautiful. (Although you'll often have to share the path with bicycles.) :) If you'd like things to be a bit more varied, you could start at a place like Meijendel (at Wassenaar), which has a lot of forest to hike through before connecting with the dunes.
There's also various smaller foresty areas in the west of the Netherlands. Can't do day-long hikes there, but still easily spend a couple of hours doing a long loop. De Horsten (again near Wassenaar, although now on the other side of it) is a personal favorite, and although I've never been there myself, I hear good things about the "zuid-kennemerland" between Zandvoort and IJmuiden, which like Meijendel is forests connecting with the dunes.
(I'd link you to all of these, but their websites are stupidly dutch only.) :/

4. Posted by ReinierNL (Full Member 207 posts) 9y

There are plenty of hiking opportunities in the Netherlands. For instance, the Pieterpad, which runs from the northern most point to the southern most point of the Netherlands. Ask the Dutch Hikers' Organisation, Nivon for information.
Just a remark to the post by Sander: note that entrance fees should be paid for the area in the dunes that is part of a national park.