Alternate dune walk through forests and open dune landscape
The vegetation on the way is largely planted. It is intended to prevent the dusting for agriculture in the first half of the last century. But today the dunes are again overgrown with marram grass, pine forests on the dunes and shrubs like buckthorn, hawthorn, cardinal’s cap and creeping willow. They are now using large grazers such as Scottish Highlanders to get the area a little more open. There is now more flowers, herbs and mosses. During the walk you can encounter the Scottish Highlanders. They are benign and not aggressive, but you can not pet them or feed them.
Difficulty: Easy walk
Length: 4 kilometers
Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Marking: green posts
Starting point: Entrance Koevlak at visitor center, located along the sea route between Overveen and the Bloemendaal beach.
Public transport: Bus 81 From Zandvoort or Haarlem station. Get off at the Kennemerduinen stop
Catering: At visitor center at the entrance
Access: Free, paid parking. (Only pay with debit card possible)
At the visitor center we follow the green poles. We walk along the banks of ‘t Wed, a play pond where you can swim from 1 May to 30 September. The beach and the dunes around ‘t Wed is a playground for children. Here you can walk outside the paths. We continue our way along the bank and at some point we walk up along beautiful trees to the Konijnenberg viewpoint. Here we have a nice view over the area. You can see the water tower of Bloemendaal. After the Konijnenberg we walk through a pine forest to opener dune. Here we walk through an area where about 1000 years ago a lot of sand from the sea and the beach has been blown into the dunes. We pass one of the eight monument stones, where in May 1945 the bodies of dead resistance fighters were found. We now walk back to the car park / visitor center via the green poles.
Koevlak owes its name to the farm that stood here. Cows had to cultivate this area. The farm still exists and is on the other side of the Zeeweg. This part of the dunes is part of one of the most varied areas where you can walk in Zandvoort. There are two wide beaches here, where you can enjoy summers.
There is a special reptile here, namely the hazelworm (a legless lizard, which looks like a snake). Besides the hazelworm you also have the sand lizard walking around. Both are endangered species.
The dunes here are young and calcareous. The vineyard snail feels right at home here. The snail uses the lime to build his house. These snails can be up to 30 years old.