The Naaldenveld is an old inner dune forest
The Naaldenveld is an old inner dune forest. Residents like to walk here and walking the dog. There are narrow and winding paths and there is a playground where an old oak tree stands. There are benches and when the sun shines through the leaves there is a beautiful copper glow on the bark of the stems of the pine trees. The name comes from the fallen pine needles that form a beautiful carpet. The forest used to belong to a wealthy merchant and was used as a production forest. The pine logs were used in the mining industry as strut wood. Pine wood creaks as a warning when the mine is in danger of collapsing. However, other types of trees are growing, such as the oak, the poplar and the maple.
Difficulty: very light walk
Length: 2.3 kilometers
Duration: 0.30 hours
Starting point: Zwaluwenweg parking lot (On the Zandvoortselaan turn off towards Leiden and Noordwijk.) At the first junction, continue straight on to the parking lot.
Access: Public transport line 80. Get off at Spechtlaan. Follow Zandvoortselaan in the direction of Haarlem and turn right towards Leiden and Noordwijk. At the first junction, continue straight on the dead-end road to Naaldenveld.
From the parking lot we turn right and immediately left into the Naaldenveld. We keep left and walk to the other entrance. There we turn right and continue to keep left. We will now automatically return to our starting point.
Wilde dieren en planten
Reeën en damherten houden van dichte struikgewas en kunt u hier dus aantreffen. Als het stil is komen ze tevoorschijn. Hun aanwezigheid kan afgeleid worden van de bast en onderste takken van diverse bomen die aangevreten worden. De kardinaalsmuts vormt een lekkernij voor deze dieren. Dat ziet u aan hun kaalgevreten takken.