Walking in the nature around Zandvoort

Walking in the dunes

Zandvoort aan Zee is enclosed like an ‘island’ by a varied dune area; walk between wavy marram grass and through dune pans along the coast to the varied forests inland. The Amsterdam water supply dunes on the south side, the beach and the sea of course, and the Zuid-Kennemerland National Park on the north side.

  • National Park South Kennemerland: This 3800 hectare wide dune area contains young calcareous dunes, wide beaches and beautiful inner dune forests. There is free access to this area and there are marked routes for walking and / or cycling.
  • Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen: In the Amsterdam Water Supply Dunes you can enjoy nature, peace and space and you can walk outside the roads and paths. So you can literally stroll through nature.

Animals in both Kennemer dune areas

The following large grazers are found in these Zandvoort dunes: De Koniks (small horses), Bison (primeval cattle), Scottish Highlander and Drentse Heideschapen (especially in the Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen). Of the ‘wild’ large grazers are De Ree and Damhert. fully present, the latter of which is particularly well represented in the Amsterdam Water Supply Dunes.

Want to see one of the ‘Big Five of Europe’?

Since 2007, a herd of bison has lived in the Kraansvlak, a closed part of the Zuid-Kennemerland National Park. Bison are also known as the European bison and rightly belong to the ‘Big Five of Europe’. You have the opportunity to see the ‘bison’ with your own eyes in the following places:

  • From the Bison viewpoint: with a view of the largest dune lake in the Kraansvlak, crowded by the bison on warm summer days. The route is indicated from the visitor center.
  • From the Bison Trail: a walking route through the bison area, marked with yellow posts. This route is closed from March 1 to September 1 due to the breeding season.

Endless Beach Walk

Walking on the beach to the piers of the harbor of IJmuiden and back; a walk of about 21 km.
From the south side of Zandvoort you walk towards Langevelderslag on the nudist beach. After 8 kilometers a cup of coffee at Langevelderslag and then over the beach or just behind the first row of dunes over the path through the dunes back to Zandvoort aan Zee.