Tour of IJmuiden through the dunes

Cycling in Velsen, North Holland, The Netherlands

Cycling route 138283

Provided by: Groots Genieten

12661 173
36.9 km
02:10 h
651 kcal
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The North Holland Dune Reserve (NHD) extends over 20 km. The wet dune valleys of the Heemskerkerduinen are phenomenal. In the sheltered valleys where the wind drops, the bushes are higher and this is the domain of breeding birds. Seabirds make their voices as they skim the water, as you cycle through pristine white dunes, heading for a sea of purple/pink orchids blooming in the wet dune valleys.

The bike ride starts at the parking lot near IJmuiden aan Zee. Shortly after departure, you can see the flag on Fort Island IJmuiden from 1885 waving from afar. The fortress is part of the Defense Line of Amsterdam. It is regularly open to the public and worth a visit. Already in the Golden Age, the dunes were popular with Amsterdam merchants and they built their country estates here. Huis Akerendam thereby acquired a special social position due to its housing and nursing care for older ladies.

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# Description Distance
Parkeerplaats (Westonstraat, 1976BH, Velsen, North Holland, The Netherlands) 0.00 km
96 (1973AM, Velsen, North Holland, The Netherlands) 1.64 km
Forteiland IJmuiden (1976 DZ, Velsen, North Holland, The Netherlands) 4.03 km
97 (1949CR, Beverwijk, North Holland, The Netherlands) 8.87 km
34 (1969MR, Heemskerk, North Holland, The Netherlands) 13.36 km
35 (Duinweg, 1969LR, Heemskerk, North Holland, The Netherlands) 16.30 km

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  • Velsen, North Holland
  • Beverwijk, North Holland
  • Heemskerk, North Holland
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