Nature and Dune Noordwijk
The dunes in NoordwijkThe dunes in Noordwijk are of European importance
and thus designated as Natura 2000 areas. There are dozens of opportunities for
bike and walking tours. An expansive network of trails leads through pinewoods
and the open dunes with many surprising viewing holes and views on the North
Sea and the bulb fields in the surrounding countryside.
The Dutch Dune (Hollands Duin)
The Dutch Dune stretches from around Katwijk well to the north of Noordwijk. An
expansive dune area in the middle of the Randstad to get some fresh air, play
sports or enjoy the peace and quiet. The variation from open dunes and dense
woods makes a visit to this nature park a real pleasure. With loads of bloom in
the early spring, sea-buckthorn berries and beautiful moss in autumn and
silence in winter.
Due to the specific open dune landscape and the special flora and fauna,
the Coepelduynen have been assigned a Natura 2000 area. They are freely
accessible for hikers. Only during breeding season (1 March through 1 August),
the central part is closed off. The bike path and hiking path between Noordwijk
and Katwijk provide a good view of the Coepelduynen.
The Langeveld is a diverse and special landscape with mushrooms and dune creek.
For walkers, the area is freely accessible on little trails and paths. Bikers
will get a good impression of this area from the bike path that passes by the
foot of the dunes.
North dunes Alongside the inside of the dunes of Noordwijk lies an expansive pine
forest and in the dunes along the seaside you’ll find dense thickets, but also grassy
plains and ‘drifting dunes’. The entire area houses an abundance of summer
birds. The line alongside the sea is covered in marram and on the landside with
sea-buckthorn and elders. Walkers can make use of an expansive system of trails,
which includes the three high dune tops. Special trails have been laid out for
bikers, horse riders and mountain bikers.
Country estate LeeuwenhorstThis
woodland area, located in the municipality Noordwijkerhout, consists of old
beech avenues, oakwoods and various newly planted trees. A special element is
the large pond of Nieuw-Leeuwenhorst where hundreds of water birds hibernate. A
viewing screen is provided for people to observe the water birds without
dune area knows a varied overgrowth of broad-leaved woods, pinewoods, thickets,
grassy plains and ‘dusting dunes’. There are also canals and pools (especially
in the part in North-Holland) that play a role in water collection. Grazers
should prevent the dunes from overgrowing completely with bushes.
The bulb region
The dunes alongside the North Sea are evidently
essential in the battle against the water and for the Dutch water supply. The
bulb region that lies behind it is the most colourful region in the Netherlands
during spring. The amazing bulb fields and the world-famous Keukenhof are
situated here. Noordwijk distinguishes itself from other seaside resorts by the
presence of these vast bulb fields behind the dunes.
Visitor Center Noordwijk
The Visitor Center Noordwijk, located at the Grent 8, can help you with all
your questions about Noordwijk. They would love to provide you with
information, a map or a great idea for a nice day out.