Walking through the Landgoed Duin and Kruidberg
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.
Difficulty: Easy walk
Length: 3.1 kilometers
Duration: 1 hour
Marking: Follow green 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.
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 green arrows. Soon we climb up the Koepelberg. After some time we can turn left to a viewpoint. After this we continue our path and turn left onto the Stroperspad. After some time we arrive at the bike path. Here we can follow the green arrows to the left, but we make now a little detour [alternative route]. We turn right and take the first path, the Brederodepad, on the left. At the end of this path we turn left and follow the blue arrows to the parking lot.
In the forest area, hardwood predominates. Corsican and Austrian pines have been planted by the former owner and form a minority. Formerly this forest area served for hunting. There are deer and roe deer.
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.
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.