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Walking trails and bicycle routes

Walking trails and bicycle routes

Walking

The Visitors’ Centre has free folders with walking trails at De Helderse Vallei. One of the trails runs through the Donkere Duinen woodlands (2.2 or 4.3 km), another route goes through the dunes and across the beach (4.1 or 9.4 km) and the third route runs through the Mariendal nature reserve (3.5 km). The folders include a map of the trails; the trails are not signposted in nature.

Of course you can also discover Den Helder by walking through the North Holland path. This marked long-distance walking trail runs from De Cocksdorp on Texel to Huizen in Het Gooi. The Den Helder-Julianadorp section is 15 km long, which takes you through bulb fields and salt marsh dunes.

At De Helderse Vallei you find signs that lead you along the route of the Waddenwandelen (Wadden Walking Network). Waddenwandelen is more than 1200 kilometres of walking pleasure along both sides of the World Heritage Wadden Sea.

The entrance gate to De Helderse Vallei marks the starting point of the walking trail through the Mariendal recreation area, approximately 3 kilometres in length. You can easily follow this route along signage poles. This route is linked with the Wandelnetwerk (Walking trail Network) with various walking trails through the area.


Cycling

An ATB route and a bicycle and canoe route run straight through the recreation area between De KlimVallei and the Open Air Theatre.

Visitors can pick up a free bicycle route at De Helderse Vallei that includes bicycle routes covering 12, 18 and 26 km that take you along a variety of beautiful spots in Den Helder. This bicycle route is also available with assignments for children on the move!

Our car park at the traffic lights has a sign from the Fietsknooppuntennetwerk (Cycle Junction Network), number 2. This enables visitors to map out their own route through Den Helder and environs. The Landelijke Fietsroute (National Bicycle Route) (LF1) also runs through Den Helder.

route.nl also has routes through De Helderse Duinen by visitors.

Landscape North Holland also developed a bicycle route around Den Helder, click here.

Most people believe there is a risk of flooding in the Netherlands. Yet they do not believe that their own homes could be flooded with water! The impact of climate change is not entirely foreseeable as yet. We need to take flooding into account! What about Den Helder and what is being done there and by whom? Cycle the 'Climate & water bicycle hunt' (20 km) and see for yourself. Click here for more information!

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De Helderse Vallei has been realized thanks to the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe invests in rural areas.