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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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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Between the Woods and the Water
  • The acclaimed travel writer's youthful journey - as an 18-year-old - across 1930s Europe by foot began in A Time of Gifts, which covered the author's exacting journey from the Lowlands as far as Hungary. Picking up from the very spot on a bridge across the Danube where his readers last saw him, we travel on with him across the great Hungarian... Lire la suite
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Between the Woods and the Water
  • The acclaimed travel writer's youthful journey - as an 18-year-old - across 1930s Europe by foot began in A Time of Gifts, which covered the author's exacting journey from the Lowlands as far as Hungary. Picking up from the very spot on a bridge across the Danube where his readers last saw him, we travel on with him across the great Hungarian... Lire la suite
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Reisgids - verhaal Tussenland: een reis door Zeeuws-Vlaanderen | Conserve
  • 'Zeeuws-Vlaanderen is een onbeduidend plattelandsgebied met boerderijen en een paar chemische fabrieken.' Dat staat althans te lezen in de Lonely Planetgids van Nederland. NOS-redacteur Rachel de Meijer (Breda, 1964 maar opgegroeid in dit meest zuidelijke deel van de provincie Zeeland) wil in dit boek laten zien dat het gebied veel meer te... Lire la suite
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids 111 plekken in Den Haag die je gezien moet hebben | Thoth
  • Wandel door het verborgen park Sorghvliet waar Jacob Cats zijn Catshuis liet bouwen of fiets door de duinen langs bunkers uit de Atlantikwall. Laat je rondleiden op de Scheveningse visafslag of door de tuinen van het Vredespaleis bewonder de gipsotheek in het museum Beelden aan Zee. Ga strandjutten in Kijkduin of ga surfen in Scheveningen.... Lire la suite
Bol.com
Netherlands
2011
  • WANDEL EN FIETSGIDS VAN WAD TOT IJ
  • De lang gevoelde behoefte aan een gids met Nederlandse routes naar Santiago is in vervulling gegaan. In november 2011 is de dubbelgids Jacobswegen in Nederland verschenen. In deel 1 komen de wegen vanuit het westen aan bod. De hoofdroute begint in Den Oever en voert via Haarlem, Amsterdam, Utrecht en ’s-Hertogenbosch naar Postel en Roermond.... Lire la suite
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Belgium
2011
  • WANDEL EN FIETSGIDS VAN WAD TOT IJ
  • De lang gevoelde behoefte aan een gids met Nederlandse routes naar Santiago is in vervulling gegaan. In november 2011 is de dubbelgids Jacobswegen in Nederland verschenen. In deel 1 komen de wegen vanuit het westen aan bod. De hoofdroute begint in Den Oever en voert via Haarlem, Amsterdam, Utrecht en ’s-Hertogenbosch naar Postel en Roermond.... Lire la suite
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Wandelgids Natuurparels in Midden-Limburg | Uitgeverij Tic
  • Goede beschrijvingen en redelijk duidelijke kaarten. Met deze gids goed te volgen! In 'Natuurparels in Midden-Limburg' staan wandelingen beschreven in Het IJzerenbos en de Hout bij Susteren, de Doort bij Echt in het voormalige stroomgebied van de Maas, Het Koningssteen bij Thorn, een natuurontwikkelingsgebied, de Beegderheide, de dalen... Lire la suite
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Wandelgids Wandelen op de Twentse Wallen | Gegarandeerd Onregelmatig
  • Zoals iedereen weet is niet alleen Amsterdam ruim bedeeld met wallen. Ook in het oosten van ons land barst het van de wallen. Stuwwallen wel te verstaan. In de voorlaatste ijstijd ontstaan door het voortstuwende ijs. Duidelijk zichtbare plooien en glooien in het landschap zijn het nog steeds zichtbare gevolg. Op de Veluwe en de Sallandse... Lire la suite
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Wandelgids Oneindig laagland | Gegarandeerd Onregelmatig
  • Hoe komt het toch dat Neêrlands rivieren onze dichters en kunstenaars zo inspireren? Wandelauteurs Rob Wolfs en Ad Snelderwaard probeerden daar achter te komen in 15 - inderdaad zeer inspirerende - wandelingen. Ze trokken door Marsmans oneindig laagland, liepen langs rijen ondenkbaar ijle populieren en zagen de - in de geweldige ruimte... Lire la suite
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
  • De mooiste bergwandelingen van Nederland
  • Iedereen met een passie voor wandelen in de bergen, kan nu ook in Nederland uit de voeten. Rutger Burgers, Sietske de Vet en Rob Wolfs hebben de mooiste toppen van Nederland beklommen. Prachtige vergezichten en onverwachte kuitenbijters worden afgewisseld door lieflijk glooiende heuvels en steile afdalingen. Uitgangspunt voor de routemakers is... Lire la suite
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Bol.com
Belgium
2016
  • De mooiste bergwandelingen van Nederland
  • Iedereen met een passie voor wandelen in de bergen, kan nu ook in Nederland uit de voeten. Rutger Burgers, Sietske de Vet en Rob Wolfs hebben de mooiste toppen van Nederland beklommen. Prachtige vergezichten en onverwachte kuitenbijters worden afgewisseld door lieflijk glooiende heuvels en steile afdalingen. Uitgangspunt voor de routemakers is... Lire la suite
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2020
  • DK Eyewitness The Netherlands 7/5/20
  • Colourful canals and culture-filled cities - welcome to the Netherlands.Whether you want to immerse yourself in the exquisite art of Amsterdam`s galleries, cycle through fields of tulips or go cheese tasting in Gouda, your DK Eyewitness travel guide makes sure you experience all that the Netherlands has to offer. The Netherlands boasts... Lire la suite
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2010
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  • Belgian Coast - Bruges Cycling Map 30
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  • De Biesbosch
  • De Biesbosch area of the Netherlands in a series of walking and cycling maps at 1:25,000 – 1:35,000, published by Falk BV in cooperation with Staatsbosbeheer – Dutch government’s organization for forestry and the management of nature reserves.Colouring indicates different types of vegetation or terrain: woodland, pastures, heath or sand dunes.... Lire la suite
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  • Meinweg - Leudal area of the Netherlands in a series of walking and cycling maps at 1:25,000 – 1:35,000, published by Falk BV in cooperation with Staatsbosbeheer – Dutch government’s organization for forestry and the management of nature reserves.Colouring indicates different types of vegetation or terrain: woodland, pastures, heath or sand... Lire la suite
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  • Drentsche A
  • Drentsche A area of the Netherlands in a series of walking and cycling maps at 1:25,000 – 1:35,000, published by Falk BV in cooperation with Staatsbosbeheer – Dutch government’s organization for forestry and the management of nature reserves.Colouring indicates different types of vegetation or terrain: woodland, pastures, heath or sand dunes.... Lire la suite
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  • Oostvaardersplassen
  • Oostvaardersplassen area of the Netherlands in a series of walking and cycling maps at 1:25,000 – 1:35,000, published by Falk BV in cooperation with Staatsbosbeheer – Dutch government’s organization for forestry and the management of nature reserves.Colouring indicates different types of vegetation or terrain: woodland, pastures, heath or sand... Lire la suite
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2010
  • The IJssel
  • The Ijssel is the first of a series two recreational maps for the Flevoland region.These maps were created to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the province of Flevoland. They are double-sided indexed maps at 1:50,000 scale, featuring a detailed topography with prominent highlighting of the cycle routes and packed with practical tourist... Lire la suite
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  • C30 Harwich to Hoek van Holland and Dover Strait
  • Plans included:Dunkerque (1:25 000)Nieuwpoort (1:30 000)Oostende (1:20 000)Blankenberge (1:10 000)Zeebrugge (1:35 000)Breskens (1:12 500)Vlissingen (1:20 000)On this edition the latest wind farm information is included as is the latest depth survey information. Lire la suite
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  • De Weerribben
  • De Weerribben area of the Netherlands in a series of walking and cycling maps at 1:25,000 – 1:35,000, published by Falk BV in cooperation with Staatsbosbeheer – Dutch government’s organization for forestry and the management of nature reserves.Colouring indicates different types of vegetation or terrain: woodland, pastures, heath or sand dunes.... Lire la suite
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  • Gooi & Vechtstreek: Hilversum - Amersfoort - Utrecht
  • Gooi and Vechtstreek - a popular hiking area south-east of Amsterdam - on a light, double-sided, waterproof and tear-resistant, GPS-compatible maps at 1:25,000 from ANWB, the country’s main motoring and touring organization. Coverage on the northern side extends southwards from the historic town of Naarden, and west/east between the... Lire la suite
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  • Netherlands Falkplan Cycling Atlas
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