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

De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Wandelgids De loop van de Reest | Het Drentse Landschap
  • Lange afstand wandeling van 100 km, die het riviertje de Reest volgt. Handig ingedeeld en vergezeld van een goede website met praktische info als overnachten. Het routeboek De Loop van de Reest telt zo'n honderd pagina's. U stopt het boekje zo in uw broekzak. We hebben het boek voorzien van een handige spiraal-bindwijze en het werd gedrukt op... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • ANWB Ontdek reisgids - Caribisch Nederland
  • ANWB Ontdek reisgids Caribisch NederlandVerken het Caribisch gebied op een andere manier met de uitgebreide ANWB Ontdek reisgids Caribisch Nederland! Natuurlijk mag je bezienswaardigheden zoals de bewegende brug op Curaçao en de goudmijnruïnes op Aruba nietmissen, maar ga ook eens van de gebaande paden en geniet van de spectaculaire... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2017
  • ANWB Ontdek reisgids - Caribisch Nederland
  • ANWB Ontdek reisgids Caribisch NederlandVerken het Caribisch gebied op een andere manier met de uitgebreide ANWB Ontdek reisgids Caribisch Nederland! Natuurlijk mag je bezienswaardigheden zoals de bewegende brug op Curaçao en de goudmijnruïnes op Aruba nietmissen, maar ga ook eens van de gebaande paden en geniet van de spectaculaire... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Bijbels reisdagboek Israël
  • Een bijzondere aanvulling op uw Isra�lreisgids.Isra�l is het land waar de Bijbel is ontstaan. Een bezoek aan de bekende plaatsen in het joodse land krijgt daarom meer diepte wanneer op die plaatsen de Bijbel opengaat. Om de Isra�lreiziger hierbij te helpen, schreef ds. W.S. Duvekot een dagboek voor 21 dagen in Isra�l. In deze 21 dagen bespreekt... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Bijbels reisdagboek Israël
  • Een bijzondere aanvulling op uw Isra�lreisgids.Isra�l is het land waar de Bijbel is ontstaan. Een bezoek aan de bekende plaatsen in het joodse land krijgt daarom meer diepte wanneer op die plaatsen de Bijbel opengaat. Om de Isra�lreiziger hierbij te helpen, schreef ds. W.S. Duvekot een dagboek voor 21 dagen in Isra�l. In deze 21 dagen bespreekt... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • It Doesn't Matter Which Road You Take - Large Print Edition
  • After college, Vince and his friend Chris decide to meander across Europe in search of the meaning of life, the perfect gelato and a nice place to lay their heads. During their adventures the lads find themselves locked in a Scottish dungeon, being serenaded by Placido Domingo and have their passports taken by the Czech authorities as they are... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • It Doesn't Matter Which Road You Take - Large Print Edition
  • After college, Vince and his friend Chris decide to meander across Europe in search of the meaning of life, the perfect gelato and a nice place to lay their heads. During their adventures the lads find themselves locked in a Scottish dungeon, being serenaded by Placido Domingo and have their passports taken by the Czech authorities as they are... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Little kingdom by the Sea
  • A WALK ALONG WORLD CLASS ICONSSince the 1950s, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has presented Delft Blue miniature houses to its Business Class passengers. These replicas of 98 historic houses and national monuments are considered to be iconic of the Netherlands worldwide. Little Kingdom by the Sea offers an exclusive peek into the lives of the... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Little kingdom by the Sea
  • A WALK ALONG WORLD CLASS ICONSSince the 1950s, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has presented Delft Blue miniature houses to its Business Class passengers. These replicas of 98 historic houses and national monuments are considered to be iconic of the Netherlands worldwide. Little Kingdom by the Sea offers an exclusive peek into the lives of the... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Stad & Land Dichtbij
  • Bergbeklimmen aan zee, zwerven langs het industrieel erfgoed van Hengelo, fietsen door Marsmans oneindig laagland tussen Waal en Maas, oude herinneringen ophalen aan stripidolen uit je jeugd in Almere en de zwaartekracht ontdekken bij de grootste waterval van Nederland. Het kan allemaal met deze routegids. In 'stad & land dichtbij' staan... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Stad & Land Dichtbij
  • Bergbeklimmen aan zee, zwerven langs het industrieel erfgoed van Hengelo, fietsen door Marsmans oneindig laagland tussen Waal en Maas, oude herinneringen ophalen aan stripidolen uit je jeugd in Almere en de zwaartekracht ontdekken bij de grootste waterval van Nederland. Het kan allemaal met deze routegids. In 'stad & land dichtbij' staan... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Wandelgids Geopaden op de stuwwal | Uitgeverij Matrijs
  • De stuwwal bij Nijmegen, Mook, Groesbeek, Beek-Ubbergen, Kranenburg en Kleve is een bijzonder mooie heuvelketen, die het landschap in dit grensoverschrijdende gebied bepaalt. Deze stuwwal ontstond in de voorlaatste ijstijd, zo’n 300.000 tot 130.000 jaar geleden. Honderden meters dikke ijslobben van enorme landgletsjers die vanuit Scandinavië... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2006
  • Wandelgids Wandelen rond Friese stinsen en staten | Buijten & Schipperheijn
  • De Friese edellieden en patriciërs hebben zich altijd gevestigd op uitgelezen plaatsen. Soms op strategische plekken om hun bezittingen te kunnen verdedigen, soms op plaatsen met veel natuurschoon. Het is daarom aantrekkelijk om een bezoek aan een stins of state te combineren met een mooie wandeling. Dit boekje beschrijft gevarieerde... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Michelin groene gids Nederland | Lannoo
  • De serie Groene Reisgidsen van Michelin is een beproefde en betrouwbare reisgidsenreeks. Of u nu lekker lang met vakantie gaat of er zomaar even tussenuit trekt, de Groene Reisgids wijst u de weg naar alle bijzonderheden die uw reisbestemming te bieden heeft, op een boeiende, grondige en praktische manier. Door de opdeling in regio's of... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2013
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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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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
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
  • 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
  • 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
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