Along dunes that have been grazed for centuries
Open dune walk between fallow deer and old parcels
The Amsterdam Waterleidingduinen is one of the largest dune areas in the Netherlands. It consists of alternating dune landscape, coniferous and deciduous forests, quiet lakes, drift sand areas, swampy valleys and canals. You can fully enjoy peace and quiet and you can deviate from the paths to stroll through the dunes. The dune is 3400 ha (5 km wide and 10 km long). The drinking water for Amsterdam is being cleaned up here.
Difficulty: Easy walk
Length: 9 kilometers
Duration: 2 hours
Marking: Follow black posts.
Starting point: Parking Entrance De Zilk; alternative Parking along the Vogelaardreef (today 150 meters walk to the fence / entrance of the Waterleidingduinen).
Access: By bike or car to entrance De Zilk
Admission: Day ticket 1.50 euro (from 18 years) and paid parking (2 Euro).
At the De Zilk entrance we follow the black poles. We pass through small oak groves, where coppice used to be collected and pass through the glider fields and through open plains (Roggepan). We continue our way and walk through a field where there used to be a farm. We can still see the ditches here. We pass romantic dune lakes and birch trees. We continue our way and through a forest we reach the highest point of the hike, the Haasvelder Kijkberg. We continue our way over the Vogelenvelderweg and cross the Oosterkanaal. Now it will not be long before we arrive at our starting point (about 1/2 hours).
Very special – Heather in the Dunes
In the dune area at the entrance to the Zilk you will find Oude Duinen, which was formed about 3500 years ago. Because the rain no calcareous sand has bringed here, the dune area has been decalcified here, as a result of which the heath can grow especially here.
This former beach area is covered with a thick layer of peat. At the beginning of 1900 this valley was swampy. The wet grassland has been lost here due to bulbs.
Special mushrooms – Wasplatengrasslands
“Wasplaten are the orchids among the mushrooms,” (Rolf Roos (ed.) 2009: Dunes and people Kennemerland). You can find these special mushrooms in the Haasveld. These mushrooms occur in different colorful species. The mushroom is seriously threatened and is on the Red List.