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

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... Read more
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  • De Zwerver, Netherlands
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • Capitool reisgidsen - Onverwacht Verleden
  • 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... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
2017
  • Capitool reisgidsen - Onverwacht Verleden
  • 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... Read more
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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
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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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Nederland On Line
  • Nederland on line biedt een virtuele reis van Roodeschool naar Vlissingen en van Den Helder nar Maastricht. Deze internetreisgids presenteert de mooiste en interessantste sites over de Nederlandse toeristische gebieden. Je kunt alle kanten op. Klik rond in mooie musea, vind dat lekkere restaurant o het Drentse platteland, maak je eigen... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Nederland On Line
  • Nederland on line biedt een virtuele reis van Roodeschool naar Vlissingen en van Den Helder nar Maastricht. Deze internetreisgids presenteert de mooiste en interessantste sites over de Nederlandse toeristische gebieden. Je kunt alle kanten op. Klik rond in mooie musea, vind dat lekkere restaurant o het Drentse platteland, maak je eigen... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • MN Europa El Balad
  • These are notes written by Egyptian travelers; travelers who have not reached their destinations yet These travelers believe that life is not measured by the number of years you live, but by the depth and value of the feelings and experiences that people go through. These travelers trotted through Germany, Canada, Belgium, America, Somalia,... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • MN Europa El Balad
  • These are notes written by Egyptian travelers; travelers who have not reached their destinations yet These travelers believe that life is not measured by the number of years you live, but by the depth and value of the feelings and experiences that people go through. These travelers trotted through Germany, Canada, Belgium, America, Somalia,... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2009
  • 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
2018
  • Reisgids Travel Guide to the Dutch Flower Region - Keukenhof | Bollenstreek
  • Engelstalige reisgids van de Bollenstreek: zeer compleet, goede beschrijvingen en veel praktische informatie. The most complete Travel Guide for travelling to the Dutch Flower Region and Keukenhof. This beautiful region at only half an hour from Amsterdam has a lot to offer. Not only during springtime when it is absolutely spectacular to see... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Reisgids Capitool Reisgidsen Onverwacht Nederland | Unieboek
  • Ontdek de verrassende kant van Nederland Met een voorwoord van Sacha de Boer Ontdek de verrassende kant van Nederland Ga op ontdekkingstocht in Nederland en laat je verrassen door de vele bijzondere plekken en bezienswaardigheden die ons land te bieden heeft. Het onverwachte van deze uitgave van Capitool Reisgidsen is dat juist de minder... 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
  • Schouwen Duiveland
  • Schouwen Duiveland 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
  • Dwingelderveld - Ruinen
  • Dwingelderveld - Ruinen 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... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Belgian Coast - Bruges Cycling Map 30
  • The coast of Belgium 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 circuits and additional... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Holland Cycling Region Bikeline Map-Guide
  • A tour around the Ijsselmeer, plus 15 shorter day tours in the western part of the Netherlands, altogether offering over 1000km of cycle routes presented by the Verlag Esterbauer in guide with maps at 1:75,000 showing the routes and their variants. Extensive information is conveyed by symbols, indicating road surface, campsites and other... 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
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... 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
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