Walking through the estate Duin and Kruidberg and Middle Herenduin (black route)
The landscape changes from farmland to forest and dune area. Duin and Kruidberg has a history of splitting and merging. The double names are merges of the old homesteads Duin and Berg and De Kruidberg. The name Herenduinen is descended from the owners of the Heren van Brederode. The dunes are about 800 years old.
Difficulty: Intermediate walk
Length: 8 kilometers
Duration: 2 hours
Marking: Follow black arrows
Starting point: Parking Duin- and Kruidbergerweg next to Landgoed Duin and Kruidberg. (Entrance opposite Hoeve Eigenwijs, Duin- and Kruidbergerweg between house number 72 and 74 turn right into the narrow road. Parking Herenduin: Entrance is located at the Duin- en Kruidbergerweg in Driehuis, south of the Westerveld Cemetery, opposite ‘Lijn 5’ entering the road .
Access: By train to station Santpoort-Noord. There you walk through the tunnel under the railway to the other platform (arrival from the direction Uitgeest). You walk across the platform and take the footpath to the right. Then turn left to the Kennemergaardweg and then turn left to the parking lot.
Catering: The adjacent Landgoed Duin and Kruidberg or Hoeve Eigenwijs, Duin- en Kruidbergerweg 89
At the parking lot we turn right along the information sign. We follow the black arrows. Soon we climb up and descend the Koepelberg. We now walk past the Landgoed Duin and Kruidberg to the entrance of the Midden Herenduin. We are now in the Big Forest. After some time we will end up on the bike path. We follow this a little bit and than we take the Verbindingspad. We still follow the black arrows and then return to a cycle path that leads to the sea. We turn left here and now walk back to the parking lot together with the blue arrows.
On the way we can encounter deer and roe deer. Pony’s and Scottish Highlanders also run in the grazing area. These animals provide for changes in the dune area due to their grazing. With their hooves they release the sand and sometimes make the start of a sand drift. Some plants benefit from this. Several plants grow here for instance the water mint, parnasia, slender gentian and orchids.
We walk through a grazing area of Koniks horses and Scottish Highlanders. They are used to open the soil and eat the vegetation. This creates an open dune landscape. The mosses, herbs and flowers get another chance to grow. The animals are not dangerous. However, it is advised to keep a distance and not to feed the animals.
At the “Grote Vlak” you see many bushes and few trees. The grassland is unique in Europe. Because the soil is nutrient-poor, there are many rare species of plants such as, smooth and real walstro, dune violets, broom, lunar, eyebright and reed orchids. You can also see rare insects such as dragonflies, glass cutters, brown winter damselflies, dune pearl fowl and orange tips.