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Trekvogelpad - by Henk

Is hiking possible in the Netherlands? After all, the country is flat as a pancake!

The answer is: Yes. In fact there are over 80 long distance hiking trails crisscrossing the country. The most important are labeled LAW, abbreviation for Lange Afstand Wandelpad (Dutch for Long Distance Hiking Trail). Walking them is a most enjoyable way of exploring Dutch countryside. Meadows grazing cows, sheep and horses, forests, sand dunes and wetlands, and many often centuries old towns along the way. Apart from the LAW's (red-white markings) there are (often) circular regional trails, the SP's (red-yellow markings).

The LAW's and SP's are maintained by Stichting Wandelnet, often in cooperation with the NIVON / Friends of Nature. But there are more organisations marking paths: two sport hiking organisations, the KNBLO (red-blue markings) and the NWB (orange-blue markings). Often, topoguides are issued of these paths. Lastly we must mention the provincial nature conservancy organisations, who set out interesting itineraries for nature lovers.

Recomended LAW's:

  • Zuiderzeepad, 400 km, Hollands Golden Age on display.
  • Trekvogelpad, 380 km, From West to East, varied trail, gives a good impression of the Netherlands as a whole.
  • Maarten van Rossumpad, 308 km, also very varied.
  • Wad- en Wierdenpad, 123 km, dykes, polders and vast views in the quiet north east of the country.
  • Pieterpad, 492 km, maybe not the most attractive, but by far the most popular trail of the Netherlands.

Best hiking in the Netherlands is in the busy west. The Dutch Green Lung is the big empty space between the main cities The Hague, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht. This space, barely known by the Dutch themselves (they rush along in cars), consists of polders, ingenuous waterways, dykes, lakes, and very old villages and farmsteads. The polder landscape can be found in the northern provinces too, or along the river delta. Some patches are very beautiful and you will experience real solitude, others can be boring.

All trails are waymarked, but not always very well. Luckily, there are excellent Dutch guidebooks, with an English section and with maps that show you the correct way. Several LAW's coincide with the European Long Distance Trails E2, E8, E9 and E11.

Enjoying the Netherlands is enjoying the odd encounter with people, villages, buildings, architecture, things happening, and the neat houses and gardens showing off one's high morale. There is also some remoteness in the North and North East. Dutch trails have no difficulties, except the occasional crossing of a busy road or sharing the path with horse-carts and bikers. Keep in mind you're walking on paved roads most of the time, and alternatively grassy, often wet dykes. Therefore, light waterproof shoes are best. Along most routes you will find camping sites, B&B's, shops and public transport in almost every village.

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Bol.com
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  • Laat je inspireren door het verleden van Nederland en trek eropuitWord meegenomen naar de meest bijzondere, verrassende plekken van Nederland. Capitool Onverwacht Verleden staat vol met meer dan 400 bezienswaardige plekken in Nederland, die gebaseerd zijn op de Nederlandse geschiedenis én die heel leuk zijn om nu te bezoeken. Bekijk het oudste... Leer más
De Zwerver
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2017
  • Reisgids Capitool Reisgidsen Onverwacht Verleden | Unieboek
  • Laat je inspireren door het verleden van Nederland en trek eropuit Word meegenomen naar de meest bijzondere, verrassende plekken van Nederland. Capitool Onverwacht Verleden staat vol met meer dan 400 bezienswaardige plekken in Nederland, die gebaseerd zijn op de Nederlandse geschiedenis én die heel leuk zijn om nu te bezoeken. Bekijk het oudste... Leer más
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De Zwerver
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2017
Bol.com
Netherlands
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  • ANWB extra - Marrakech
  • ANWB Extra reisgids Marrakech - Marokko Ontdek Marrakech met de compacte reisgids ANWB Extra Marrakech!Marrakech grossiert in de contrasten, niet alleen wat betreft klimaat en landschap. Een stads sprookje tussen traditie en de moderne tijd, handelscentrum, en een unieke smeltkroes van Arabische, Berberse en zwart-Afrikaanse tradities. De ANWB... Leer más
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Bol.com
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  • ANWB Extra reisgids Marrakech - Marokko Ontdek Marrakech met de compacte reisgids ANWB Extra Marrakech!Marrakech grossiert in de contrasten, niet alleen wat betreft klimaat en landschap. Een stads sprookje tussen traditie en de moderne tijd, handelscentrum, en een unieke smeltkroes van Arabische, Berberse en zwart-Afrikaanse tradities. De ANWB... Leer más
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2002
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