Het Trambaanpad

Het Trambaanpad (The Tramway Path)

Through the old Zandvoort streets we go to the Trambaanpad. The tram used to run here from Zandvoort to Amsterdam and back. The track has now been turned into a walking/cycling path. We pass Nature Bridge Zandpoort. Via the Blinkertweg we arrive at the Visscherspad, where fishermen’s wives from Zandvoort used to walk barefoot to Haarlem to sell their fish.

Difficulty: medium hike

Length: 8 kilometers

Duration: 2 hours

Marking: green arrows

Starting points: Zandvoort station

Catering: in Zandvoort

Directions:

We start at Zandvoort station and follow the green arrows. We cross the Zeestraat and first enter the center via the Kippentrap. We enter nice old streets to suddenly arrive at the Louis Davidscarré, a modern square in the middle of the village. Soon we arrive at the old Trambaan, which we follow until the nature bridge. There we turn left and soon arrive at the old Visscherspad. Here we turn left back to Zandvoort.

Natuurbrug Zandpoort (nature bridge)

Zandpoort Nature Bridge is an ecoduct and one of the three Nature Bridges in Zandvoort, which gives plants and animals, such as deer, weasel, slow worm, sand lizard, natterjack toad, dune rose and all kinds of butterfly species, a larger contiguous habitat and more opportunities to reproduce and grow. to spread. Zandpoort Nature Bridge opened at the end of 2013 and is accessible to cyclists, horse riders, wheelchair users and walkers.

Visscherspad (Fisherman’s path)

The fishermen’s wives from Zandvoort used to walk this way to Haarlem to sell their fish. It was a grueling journey, because they walked through loose sand. For centuries, the village lived from fishing and growing dune potatoes. At the time, the fishing fleet consisted of a dozen boats. Such a barge had an eight-person crew on average. At high tide the ships sailed and at high tide they returned, after which the fish were laid out on the beach in ‘sneessies’ (portions) and immediately auctioned. The buyers were mostly women who sold the fish in Haarlem and the surrounding area. Via the Visserspad, the Blinkert and Kraantje Lek they walked with a heavy basket on their back and often with a basket around their arm to the Haarlem fish market on the Grote Markt. Almost 80% of the working population at that time lived directly or indirectly from fishing.