Walk Along the estate Leyduin
Walk along the House Leyduin and the hexagonal viewpoint Belvédère. House Leyduin was formerly used as a summer residence by wealthy families. Later it is permanently inhabited. At this moment different rooms can be rented, for example as a wedding location or a meeting room. The viewpoint Belvédère dates from 1760 and stands on a natural dune. The Gothic windows, the battlements and part of the stucco are additions from the 19th century. Bats overwinter in the Apple cellar.
Difficulty: Easy walk
Length: 3 kilometers
Duration: 0.5 hours
Marking: Yellow Posts
Starting points: Between the Leidsevaart and the Amsterdam Waterleidingduinen. South of the Waternet pumping station, at the Manpadslaan in Vogelenzang (Use as navigation address Woestduinweg 4 in Vogelenzang).
Public transport: From Zandvoort Connexion Bus 80 to Heemstede / Aerdenhout. Transfer to Connexion city bus line 14 to Woestrduinweg.
Catering: On the way by Gasterij Leyduin, 2e Leijweg 7A, 2114 BG Vogelenzang
From the parking lot we follow the yellow posts. Soon we walk past House Leyduin. We continue our trip and see the left viewpoint Belvédère, what we will visit later. We now pass Gasterij Leyduin. We continue our way through an open field and see the remains of a launch site of V1, which were fired to London. We follow the white posts and go over a bridge. We now walk through a wooded area with many lanes back to the parking lot.
The walk can be combined with the walk through Vinkenduin and Oud Woestduin. (White posts). We then see the different landscape styles: tight French, varied English and mixed with modern ecological forest management. Many different birds breed: the apple finch, the gray flycatcher, various woodpecker species, thrushes and nuthatches. Several rich families used the estates as a summer residence. The houses can not be visited.