The NS Wandeling Helderse Duinen is a 16km walking route joining Den Helder Zuid and Den Helder, the historical base of the Dutch Navy. Walking along the dyke, you pass Fort Erfprins and the Lange Jaap lighthouse before reaching Fort Kijkduin. Then it’s a leisurely walk through the Helderse and Donkere Duinen, Helderse Vallei and De Nollen nature reserves.
I walk the NS Wandeling Helderse Duinen route in the opposite direction, prefering to end in the nature section rather than the city. I also like to wander around the former naval base of Willemsoord Harbour and visit the Marinemuseum, which opens at 10am. The train journey takes about 1.5 hours from Amsterdam Centraal.
Things I like…
“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” – John Muir