Walking in the Loonse and Drunense duinen - Noord-Brabant

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In Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands is the National Park De Loonse en Drunense Duinen. The area lies between the towns (clockwise) Waalwijk, Drunen, Nieuwkuijk, 's-Hertogenbosch, Biezenmortel, Udenhout and Loon. The north side is approximately parallel to the highway A59. On the west side lays Kaatsheuvel with the attraction The Efteling.

The area of the Loonse en Drunense Duinen is over 3500 hectares and is a National Park since 2002. The park consists mainly of sand dunes and pine forest, but there can also be found wet and marshy bogs. Accommodations are sufficient to find the area of National Park De Loonse en Drunense Duinen, but the area lends itself especially for day trips. Where use to be roads roads, are now walking and cycling paths. Especially between Cafe De Rustende Jager in Udenhout and "The Three Linden" in Giersbergen are on the beautiful Sundays so busy that on the tarmac roads you’ll have to walk in traffic jams. The smaller paths on the other hand are hardly used and are thus well suited for a quiet walk, even on a beautiful Sunday. Besides hiking and cycling trails there are also available trails for disabled people, horses, carriage vehicles and mountain bikes. Until the early 90's, the northeastern part has been used as a military training facility. This part is less accessible for tourists.

Today the weather predictions in the east not bad, but we want to go hiking. After a short search found that the weather forecasts in the De Loonse en Drunense Duinen is a lot better.

We get in the car and head for the car park in Giersbergen, near the inn the three Linden. We walk the dogs roam through Giersbergen area to the Rustende Jager. After a short stop we continue to walk to restaurant and Bosch en Duin. Here we find a bench outside the terrace where we have a lunch break. The next part towards the Roestelberg is largely in the sand, partly by cutting down large areas of forest by the Forestry Commission. The cut pieces are detrimental to the natural beauty of the De Loonse en Drunense Duinen, but there will be a reason for that much forest has been felled. Meanwhile, the air is really dark and we hope we keep it dry during our tour through the De Loonse en Drunense Duinen. Fortunately, it stops after a few drops and we do not have to seek shelter in the middle of the sand. We cross a few pieces of sand and then we walk into the woods. We have enough of walking in the sand for today. Unfortunately, the forest trails and even loose sand we walk on wide roads with big holes in it.

Now we know why we didn’t come to the De Loonse en Drunense Duinen anymore. Each trail is also used as bridle paths which makes them of poor quality. And you should watch out that you do not step in horse shit somewhere. From experience we know that this problem is not just only during this walk. A large amount, even the officially marked walks through natural sites run on this walking / riding trails.
There were certainly nice pieces in the walk. The dunes remain a unique piece of nature in the Netherlands where we enjoyed walking through it.

Length: 15.8 km

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