Signposted walking routes
Wandelnet walking route network in North Holland
Various walking routes through Den Helder start from the entrance gate to De Helderse Vallei. Each route is signposted and easy to follow:
- The green Mariëndal Route (2.15 km) is a short exploratory walk through this wooded valley.
- The blue Donkere Duinen route (6.1 km) takes you along Zanddijk, the 17th century sand dike, and the seashore, and then through the Donkere Duinen woodland.
- The red Grafelijkheidsduinen Route (8.72 km) runs the length of the seashore to Fort Kijkduin in Huisduinen. You return via the eastern edge of the Grafelijkheidsduinen and the Donkere Duinen woodland.
- The orange Koegras Route (9.4 km) runs through the bulb fields of Koegras polder to De Zandloper beach access path in Julianadorp aan Zee. It returns through the Noordduinen area.
- The yellow Nolletjes Route (11.4 km) takes you to the Liniedijk and the green ravelin of Fort Dirksz. Admiraal in the Defence Line of Den Helder. Then on to the undulating marshy dunes, known as 'nollen', near Den Helder-Zuid train station.
- The black Helderse Vallei Route (2.63 km) explores the southern edge of the dune area and the adjacent Mariëndal nature reserve.
All these routes connect to the Wandelnet walking route network and various walking routes through the area. An information board showing the walking routes is located in the car park in front of De Helderse Vallei. You can also view the walking route information and map here. Or download the printable version here.
Of course you can also discover Den Helder by walking the Noordhollandpad. This signposted long-distance walking route (270 km) takes you in 13 stages from the lighthouse (near De Cocksdorp) on Texel to Huizen in Het Gooi. The route is signposted in both directions. Stage 3 runs from Den Helder to Julianadorp and covers a distance of 15 km. This route lets you stroll through bulb fields and marshy dunes.
Het Groene Lint
For information about the walking routes of Het Groene Lint (suitable for use by people in wheelchairs, and people pushing prams), click here!
Healthy nature walks
Each week, the Gezond Natuur Wandelen work group organises a free, attractive, low-threshold walk along green routes that lasts about an hour and is led by volunteers. The walk starts every Saturday at 9am from the car park at De Helderse Vallei. The walks are primarily intended for people who want to exercise more, but anyone who enjoys walking in a group is welcome. Participation is free of charge and no prior registration is needed. After the walk, those who feel inclined can enjoy a cup of coffee/tea together at De Helderse Vallei (€1 per cup). More information can be found here: www.gezondnatuurwandelen.nl