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
Bol.com
Netherlands
2018
  • WandelBart wandelgidsen 1 - Provinciewandelgids Zuid-Holland
  • De twintig wandelroutes in dit boekje zijn zeer divers: van een struinroute langs de Lek tot een industriewandeling door de petrochemische industrie bij Rozenburg. En alles wat daartussen zit: duinen en strand, voorname landgoederen, groene steden, vogelrijke polders en uitgestrekte waarden. Aan een kleurrijke wandelroute door de bollenvelden... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2018
  • WandelBart wandelgidsen 1 - Provinciewandelgids Zuid-Holland
  • De twintig wandelroutes in dit boekje zijn zeer divers: van een struinroute langs de Lek tot een industriewandeling door de petrochemische industrie bij Rozenburg. En alles wat daartussen zit: duinen en strand, voorname landgoederen, groene steden, vogelrijke polders en uitgestrekte waarden. Aan een kleurrijke wandelroute door de bollenvelden... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids 111 plekken in Dordrecht die je gezien moet hebben | Thoth
  • Dordrecht kent veel verborgen schatten. Wel eens de geboortegrond van Nederland bezocht? Over Hollands mooiste waterscheiding gekeken? Of de gildenramen van Teun Hocks gezien? Aan den lijve eb en vloed ondervonden in de Biesbosch? De barbiewinkel of de Duitse manschappenbunker binnengestapt? Een Schapenkopje gedronken of cultuur gesnoven in een... 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
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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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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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
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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Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
  • time to momo - Maastricht
  • Dit is de vernieuwde versie van de 100% Maastricht-gids! Jij gaat Maastricht ontdekken! Een stukje buitenland in Nederland, zo wordt Maastricht maar al te vaak omschreven, daar waar Noord en Zuid samenkomen. Met haar leuke wijken met charmante kleine straatjes, historische panden en pleinen, chique boetieks en toch ook volop trendy hotspots en... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
2016
  • time to momo - Maastricht
  • Dit is de vernieuwde versie van de 100% Maastricht-gids! Jij gaat Maastricht ontdekken! Een stukje buitenland in Nederland, zo wordt Maastricht maar al te vaak omschreven, daar waar Noord en Zuid samenkomen. Met haar leuke wijken met charmante kleine straatjes, historische panden en pleinen, chique boetieks en toch ook volop trendy hotspots en... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2020
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
2015
  • Wandelgids Twentse kruistochten | Gegarandeerd Onregelmatig
  • In twaalf rondwandelingen wijst Marycke Naber je de weg door het Twentse land. Dit doet ze aan de hand van de vele Mariakapelletjes en landkruizen die Twente rijk is. Wandelen is goed voor lijf en ledenen. Maar kuierend langs de religieuze monumenten wordt tijdens deze kruistochten de geest ook geprikkeld om geheel verkwikt huiswaarts te keren.... 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rijk van Nijmegen
  • Rijk van Nijmegen 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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