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Strolling through the dunes

  • €10 pp
  • 1 - 6
  • Child-friendly
  • Engels, Duits
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Starts at 11:00

We will gladly take you on a voyage of discovery through the Amsterdam Waterleidingduinen. This protected nature area lies between Zandvoort and Noordwijk. There are many fallow deer, foxes, rabbits, (predatory) birds and smaller animals. You certainly go home with a beautiful picture of a fallow deer! We will gladly tell you about the history of the dunes and thus about a large part of the Netherlands. And about the flora and fauna.

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The Netherlands below sea level

A large part of The Netherlands is below sea level. Thanks to de dunes along the coast we keep our feet dry. A walk through this exceptional nature reserve, only 25 kilometres from Amsterdam, is a fantastic experience. It’s only accessible on foot and you’re allowed to walk almost everywhere, even outside the designated pathways. We call this ‘Struinen door de duinen’, strolling through the dunes.

The possibility to roam through this unique nature reserve in the overcrowded Randstad is a surprise to many. The chance of an encounter with fallow deer, foxes, rabbits and birds of prey is big. The peace and quietness are a relief and we like to introduce others to this.

Resting fellow deer during the mating period
Resting fellow deer during the mating period

Especially in the month of october when the male deers are ‘burling’, it is a spectacular sight in some places in the dunes. The males then fight for the hierarchy in the group by shooting their impressive antlers against each other. The burlen is a powerful sound, best described as something that sits between the roaring of a lion and the roar of a bull. Of course we know where to find those places!

Special Nature Reserve in the middle of the Randstad

As the name suggests, De Waterleidingduinen (‘waterpipedunes’) supplies purified drinking water to two thirds of the population in the Amsterdam area. Every year 50 million cubic metres of drinking water flows through these dunes. The purification of drinking water here began in 1853. It is the oldest water collection area in The Netherlands. In the early days, the purified water was transported by ship to Amsterdam where the people could buy it at the gates by the bucket. We will visit the historic pumping station which pumped clean water to Amsterdam around 1900.

Route

We will depart from the ‘Oase’ entrance in Vogelenzang and walk to Zandvoort where we will have lunch. The walk is roughly 12 kms and will take around 4 hours including lunch. If required, we can also agree on a shorter route without lunch.

Equipment

A pair of good walking shoes, rainwear if necessary, a bottle of water and a camera should suffice.


The local

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We are Ans Rölling and Pim Nederstigt. Ans is a nature guide and knows a lot about nature and the history of the dunes. Pim is her partner, likes walking and photography and is co-owner of at-thelocals. We both enjoy walking and are keen to share the beauty of the dunes with our visitors. We regularly travel to beautiful natural areas but the Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen is one of our favourites.

Costs

Cost per person: €10

What is included in the price?

Toegang tot de duinen, versnapering onderweg en 1 drankje bij de lunch
Kosten lunch, openbaar vervoer/parkeerkosten.

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Supplementary information

  • The activity is suitable for children from 12 years old.
  • Think of good walking shoes.
  • Rain gear.
  • Drink bottle.
  • No dogs allowed in the dunes.

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