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
2012
  • ANWB extra - Marrakech
  • ANWB Extra reisgids Marrakech - Marokko Ontdek Marrakech met de compacte reisgids ANWB Extra Marrakech!Marrakech grossiert in de contrasten, niet alleen wat betreft klimaat en landschap. Een stads sprookje tussen traditie en de moderne tijd, handelscentrum, en een unieke smeltkroes van Arabische, Berberse en zwart-Afrikaanse tradities. De ANWB... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2012
  • ANWB extra - Marrakech
  • ANWB Extra reisgids Marrakech - Marokko Ontdek Marrakech met de compacte reisgids ANWB Extra Marrakech!Marrakech grossiert in de contrasten, niet alleen wat betreft klimaat en landschap. Een stads sprookje tussen traditie en de moderne tijd, handelscentrum, en een unieke smeltkroes van Arabische, Berberse en zwart-Afrikaanse tradities. De ANWB... Read more
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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... Read more
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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... Read more
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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.... Read more
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... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
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
2011
  • Anwb Extra Egypte
  • ANWB Extra reisgids EgypteOntdek Egypte met de compacte reisgids ANWB Extra Egypte!Faraonische godentempels en piramiden, moderne steden met belangrijke architectuur, bruisende badplaatsen met mooie stranden en duiklocaties: het gevarieerde reisland Egypte blijft fascineren. De ANWB Extra reisgids Egypte biedt naast veel praktische tips over... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2011
  • Anwb Extra Egypte
  • ANWB Extra reisgids EgypteOntdek Egypte met de compacte reisgids ANWB Extra Egypte!Faraonische godentempels en piramiden, moderne steden met belangrijke architectuur, bruisende badplaatsen met mooie stranden en duiklocaties: het gevarieerde reisland Egypte blijft fascineren. De ANWB Extra reisgids Egypte biedt naast veel praktische tips over... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
  • De natuur van Duurswold
  • Deze natuurgids is een welkome aanvulling op informatie over de Provincie Groningen in het algemeen. Duurswold is een gebied ten oosten van de stad Groningen met niet alleen een rijke geologische geschiedenis, maar ook een gebied waar al meer dan 10000 jaar mensen het landschap hebben gevormd. Die geschiedenis wordt verduidelijkt in deze gids... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2016
  • De natuur van Duurswold
  • Deze natuurgids is een welkome aanvulling op informatie over de Provincie Groningen in het algemeen. Duurswold is een gebied ten oosten van de stad Groningen met niet alleen een rijke geologische geschiedenis, maar ook een gebied waar al meer dan 10000 jaar mensen het landschap hebben gevormd. Die geschiedenis wordt verduidelijkt in deze gids... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2011
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelgids Hannekemaaierspad: Neurhede - Bakkeveen | Hannekemaaierspad
  • Het Hannekemaaierspad is een trekroute door Groningen, Friesland en Drenthe. Het begint in Neurhede (vlak over de Duitse grens bij Bourtange) en eindigt in Bakkeveen. Deze route loopt grotendeels over onverharde paden zoals grasdijken, schouw-, zandpaden en jaagpaden. Thema voor deze route vormen de hannekemaaiers die vanuit Duitsland tussen de... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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
  • 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
  • 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
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
  • 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
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