The 16.5 km long NS Noord-Hollands Duinreservaat trail connects Castricum with Egmond aan Zee and Alkmaar. The route has forest, dunes and fields.
The NS Noord-Hollands Duinreservaat walking starts in Castricum. To enter the nature reserve, you need to buy a ‘Duinkaart’ which costs about €1.80. You will pass through forest areas where you may see Scottish Highlander cows. The track occasionally opens to dune areas before reaching the De Hoep visitor centre near Bakkum. It re-enters forest before opening into the largest dune area of the walk. There are plenty of bird watching opportunities along the route. Eventually you reach the seaside village of Egmond aan Zee. A bus will take you from there to Alkmaar train station.
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“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