To Noordwijk and Katwijk
We go along the bike path through the dunes to Noordwijk and Katwijk. First we drive along the Amsterdam Waterleidingduinen. At Langevelderslag we go through the Hollands Duin, which stretches from here to Wassenaar. The dunes are made by nature and man together. Wind and water formed beach and dunes, the people put on potato beds, won water from the dune and planted forests. At Katwijk we pass the Coepelduin, a special dune that falls under the nature conservation law. All landscape types can be found in this beautiful nature area, the gray dunes with many different plants, the wet dune valleys and the dune dunes. The area used to be used, among other things, to dry nets, to graze cattle and to grow potatoes there. Coepelduin is free to walk from 15 August to 15 March. Back we go inside and pass recreational lake Oosterduinse Meer, a former sand extraction pit and is part of the Rhineland basement system. The quality of the bathing water is not always good. It is better to use a beach exit and to dive into the North Sea. We come back to Langevelderslag and then head towards Zandvoort.
Difficulty: Due to the length a medium-heavy trip. We can shorten the trip a bit by not going to Katwijk.
Length: 53 kilometers
Duration: 3.5 hours
Marking: Cycle route network
Starting point: Raadhuisplein center Zandvoort: bicycle hub 79
Catering: On the way
We start at the Raadhuisplein in the center of Zandvoort at bicycle hub 79. We go in the direction of 31. Then we continue our way to junction 31 – 36 – 43 – 32 – 22. Lovers can now cycle to Katwijk junction 63 and back to 22. We continue our way and go to junction 23 – 24 – 33 – 69 – 42 – 80 – 47 – 35 – 6 – 31 and back to Zandvoort junction 79.
On the way one can encounter the Curlew in the dunes. It is a brownish spotted bird, recognizable by its long downwardly bent beak. He makes a whistling, somewhat melancholy sound. Here also grows the dune rose, the sea buckthorn, the wild privet and the poplar. The poplar is a tree with white leaves. The leaves are not really white, but light green from the top and silvery white felt-like from below. The felt layer ensures that the scarce moisture does not evaporate from the leaves.
At Katwijk a unique piece of the Netherlands
When we cycle to Katwijk, we drive through the Coepelduin. This piece of dune falls under the nature conservation law, because it is invaluable. You will find gray dunes with special plants, wet dunes and drifting dunes. Because of this change you will also find very rare flora and fauna.
Important breeding spot
The Coepelduin is also an important breeding ground. Birds can forage here, breed, rest and pass through. Dogs are also not allowed to enter these dunes. People are allowed to explore the dunes outside the breeding season.
Dunes in the raw state
What makes the dunes unique here is that they are here in the raw state, in contrast to the dunes around Zandvoort. No cattle walked around here, nor were potatoes grown or fish nets dried, which was customary for Dutch seaside villages.