The Manpads route (blue) connects the Leyduin estate with the Groenendaal estate. You will first pass Huis Leyduin. Then you pass a historic drinking water pumping station. You will then pass two beautiful country estates: Ipenrode and the Huis aan het Manpad.
Difficulty: light walk
Length: 4.5 kilometers
Duration: 1 hour
Marking: blue arrows
Starting point: Parking Leyduin 2105 MA Vogelenzang. Accessible via Manpadslaan (side street of Leidsevaartweg).
Accessibility: by car or bicycle
Catering: Gasterij Leyduin, 2e Leyweg 7, 2114 BG Vogelenzang
From the parking lot we follow the blue arrows. We first walk past the Landgoed Leyduin. Then we pass Gasterij Leyduin and turn right. We cross an unguarded level crossing (watch carefully). Then we walk along the Leidsevaart and head towards Groenendaal. We now walk past the Ipenrode estate. We cross the Herenweg and then arrive in the Groenendaal estate. Then we turn right and pass Landgoed Het Huis te Manpad. We cross the Leidsevaart again and go to the parking lot.
Landgoed Leyduin is located on one of the old beach walls behind the dunes. They were already inhabited in the early Bronze Age (around 2000 BC). In the early Middle Ages, this was a forest area that stretched from Leiden to Alkmaar. The counts of Holland held their hunting parties here. From the 17th century, wealthy merchants bought land there as an investment in sand extraction for the urban development of Amsterdam. Later they built summer residences there. These homesteads changed over the centuries into increasingly beautiful country houses, including Leyduin. Landscape Noord-Holland now manages the estate. You will find some centuries-old trees, a belvedere and a stream. The first drinking water extracted in the dunes for Amsterdam once flowed here to the pumping station (now a museum) on the Leidsevaart. House on the Manpad The Huis te Manpad is a historic country estate on the Herenweg. Peter Cornelisz. In 1630, Heuts commissioned the construction of the main building that still stands today. Around the year 1720 the house was radically renovated. After 1720 it was renovated and embellished by the new owner. Later a new garden was laid out with a larger parterre. In 1767, David van Lennep acquired the house and expanded it further. The estate remained in the hands of the Van Lennep family until 1953. In 1954 ‘Huis te Manpad’ was bought by Jan Visser, chief of protocol Foreign Affairs and ambassador in Stockholm. In 1978 the house was transferred to the ‘House in Manpad’ Foundation. After Visser’s death in 1984, his widow N. Visser-van Wijk lived there until her death in 2005. After a renovation, the house has been privately occupied again since May 2006. A memorial needle recalls a battle invented by Jacob van Lennep that never took place.
During the late Middle Ages, the grounds of the adjacent country estates of Hartekamp and Boekenrode, together with Ipenrode, belonged to the noble (Haarlem) Van Berkenrode family. The homestead, originally called Voorkoekoek, probably originated from a farm. Actually two, the Front Cuckoo and the Rear Cuckoo. From 1760 a park in the landscape style was laid out. In 1972, the country estate was bought by a project developer who wanted to build 76 service apartments in the park. That plan fell through and the outside fell into disrepair. The first management plan was written in 1988 and better times soon followed. After a thorough restoration, the house and park have been owned by P.H. Van den Bos
Groenendaal walking forest
The walking forest was bought by the municipality of Heemstede in 1913. There were several country estates. Groenendaal was opened up as a publicly accessible walking forest. It was a visionary decision at the time, which contributed significantly to the quality of Heemstede and its character as a green municipality.