Netherlands

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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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Books

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
  • Wandelgids De groenste wandelingen in de Randstad | Gegarandeerd Onregelmatig
  • De Groenste Wandelingen in de Randstad van LoeK Heskes van uitgeverij Gegarandeerd Onregelmatig is een aanwinst! In deze wandelgids staan twaalf echt nieuwe, nog niet eerder uitgezette, wandelroutes in het Groene Hart van Zuid-Holland. Bovendien zijn de routebeschrijvingen zorgvuldig en worden ze ondersteund met topografische kaarten van de... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2013
  • Reisgids Globetrotter Mozambique | New Holland
  • Handzame reisgids over Mozambique, met uitneembare kaart. Packed with useful information, tips and recommendations, accompanied by photographs, charts and maps for the first-time traveller who wants to experience the major highlights that Mozambique has to offer. This title provides a visitor with introduction to Mozambique by highlighting the... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2004
  • Wandelgids Van Frederiksoord naar Zorgvlied | Buijten & Schipperheijn
  • Met deze gids komt u alles te weten over de rijke geschiedenis en natuur rondom het Drentse Frederiksoord. De wandelroute voert u door een typisch, parkachtig kolonielandschap met talloze overblijfselen uit het verleden. De fietstocht brengt u bij de oude boerendorpen, prachtige beekdalen en uitgestrekte heidevelden. Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2007
  • Reisgids Dwalen door Haarlem | Nieuwland
  • Ga je ook graag een dagje naar een andere stad? Kies dan eens Haarlem, en neem de nieuwste reisgids 'Dwalen door Haarlem' mee. Daarin staat alles wat je maar wilt weten over deze bijzondere stad, van bezienswaardige gebouwen tot de hotspots van het uitgaansleven. Dwalen door Haarlem is de eerste complete en rijkgeïllustreerde reisgids van de... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2005
  • Wandelgids Wandelsporen Zwolle en wijde omgeving | Buijten & Schipperheijn
  • De Zwolse schrijver-kunstenaar Marycke Naber laat zien wat een bijzondere wandelmogelijkheden er zijn rond de grotere steden van Nederland. Zij beschrijft een netwerk van routes die aansluiten op het NS-netwerk. Zo kunnen dagtochten aaneen geregen worden tot meerdaagse tochten. De dagtochten kunne ook verkort worden door gebruik te maken van... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2012
  • Van boord op de turfroute
  • Nico Bleeker is in de zomermaanden sluis- en brugwachter op de Turfroute in zuidoost Friesland. In de pauzes tussen de middag wandelde of fietste hij in de omgeving van de verschillende wachtposten. Prachtige natuurgebieden ontdekte hij zo op loop- en fietsafstand van de Tjonger en de Opsterlandsche Compagnonsvaart. Zoals bij Wijnjeterp de... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2012
  • Van boord op de turfroute
  • Nico Bleeker is in de zomermaanden sluis- en brugwachter op de Turfroute in zuidoost Friesland. In de pauzes tussen de middag wandelde of fietste hij in de omgeving van de verschillende wachtposten. Prachtige natuurgebieden ontdekte hij zo op loop- en fietsafstand van de Tjonger en de Opsterlandsche Compagnonsvaart. Zoals bij Wijnjeterp de... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • 100X Aan De Wandel
  • Met een voorwoord van Arnon Grunberg Joyce Roodnat, journaliste van NRC Handelsblad, doet elke zaterdag verslag van haar wandeltochten. Ze wandelt met 'man' en soms met 'dochter' of 'vriendin', 'de legendarische Anita', langs bestaande wandelroutes kriskras door Nederland. Maar ook, tijdens vakanties, in de Ligurische Alpen in Itali , Avalon te... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • 100X Aan De Wandel
  • Met een voorwoord van Arnon Grunberg Joyce Roodnat, journaliste van NRC Handelsblad, doet elke zaterdag verslag van haar wandeltochten. Ze wandelt met 'man' en soms met 'dochter' of 'vriendin', 'de legendarische Anita', langs bestaande wandelroutes kriskras door Nederland. Maar ook, tijdens vakanties, in de Ligurische Alpen in Itali , Avalon te... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids 111 plekken in Rotterdam die je gezien moet hebben | Thoth
  • Het hernieuwde zelfvertrouwen van Rotterdan kan niemand ontgaan zijn. De stad bruist, prikkelt en zoemt, en trekt meer bezoekers en toeristen dan ooit tevoren. Maar Rotterdam is meer dan die stad van de ‘opgestroopte mouwen’; Feyenoord, het nieuwe Centraal Station, de Erasmusbrug of de Markthal. Flaneer maar eens over de West-Kruiskade en... Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Walking the Woods and the Water
  • In 1933, the eighteen year old Patrick Leigh Fermor set out in a pair of hobnailed boots to chance and charm his way across Europe, like a tramp, a pilgrim or a wandering scholar. The books he later wrote about this walk, A Time of Gifts, Between the Woods and the Water, and the posthumous The Broken Road are a half-remembered, half-reimagined... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
  • Walking the Woods and the Water
  • In 1933, the eighteen year old Patrick Leigh Fermor set out in a pair of hobnailed boots to chance and charm his way across Europe, like a tramp, a pilgrim or a wandering scholar. The books he later wrote about this walk, A Time of Gifts, Between the Woods and the Water, and the posthumous The Broken Road are a half-remembered, half-reimagined... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
  • Wandelgids Walcherse Wandelingen | Gegarandeerd Onregelmatig
  • Goede wandelgids met veel informatie, goede beschrijvingen en uitstekende topografische kaarten met de route keurig ingetekend Uitwaaien op het strand, turen naar de horizon vanaf hoge duinen, struinen langs sloten en slenteren door historische steden. De liefhebbers van zon, zee, rust en ruimte kunnen op Walcheren hun hart ophalen. Van... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Eight Essays from Rachel Carson to Agroforestry
  • 1. Rachel Carson paved a path of limited advocacy for other scientists 2. Science is politics by other means when it comes to witchcraft 3. Ants, academic politics and integrity 4. Co-operatives as an alternative model of social organization 5. On how the media influence Canadian democracy 6. Methods in EVM - North America and the Netherlands... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Eight Essays from Rachel Carson to Agroforestry
  • 1. Rachel Carson paved a path of limited advocacy for other scientists 2. Science is politics by other means when it comes to witchcraft 3. Ants, academic politics and integrity 4. Co-operatives as an alternative model of social organization 5. On how the media influence Canadian democracy 6. Methods in EVM - North America and the Netherlands... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
2010
  • Gelderse Valley
  • Gelderse Valley on a waterproof, tear-resistant, GPS compatible walking map at 1:25,000 from Trage Paden, in a series of maps with extensive overprint for long-distance and local walking routes. GPS waypoints and route profiles are available for download from the publisher’s website.Contours used in this map series vary between 2,5 to 5m... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • De Peel
  • De Peel 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. Given... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Lauwersmeer
  • Lauwersmeer area Friesland in 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... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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.... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Meinweg - Leudal
  • 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... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Rhine Cycle Route 4 - Cologne to Hoek van Holland Bikeline Map-Guide
  • The Rhine Cycle Route Part 4 – a 442-km long section from Cologne to the North Sea presented by Verlag Esterbauer in a guide with maps at 1:75,000 showing the route and its variants. Extensive information is conveyed by symbols, indicating road surface, campsites and other accommodation, repair workshops, recreational facilities, places of... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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.... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • North Holland - with Kennemerland Falkplan Cycling Map 13
  • North Holland Province of the Netherlands at 1:50,000 in a series from Falk B.V. showing the network of signposted cycling routes on large, double-sided indexed maps with prominent highlighting of long-distance LF routes, symbols indicating accommodation and other tourist services, plus in each title two or more panels with recommended local... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Netherlands Falkplan Cycling Atlas
  • Cycling atlas of the Netherlands at 1:75,000 from Falk BV, presenting in one A5 spiral-bound volume the country’s extensive network of signposted cycling routes and junctions, including the long-distance LF trails and smaller local cycle paths. The network consists of numbered junctions joined by sign-posted connecting routes in either... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Baronie van Breda
  • Baronie van Breda 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... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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.... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • 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... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Dunes of the Central Holland 22
  • The Dunes of the Central Holland Province 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,... Read more
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