3 Best Walking Routes around Loosdrecht

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Whether you’re tired of boating, there is no wind to sail or you just fancy doing something else, these 3 walks around Loosdrecht are worth trying.

After our lovely weekend get-away and the walk around the tri-border area, I was reminded of the many walks this summer around Loosdrecht. The area is mostly known for its watersports and all that goes with it, but not everyone has a boat. Or, you might just want to visit one of the many small and historic towns. If so, here are some ideas for nice walks that are worth it, in any season!

1) Kromme Rade Loop

Oud-Loosdrechtsedijk – Horndijk – footpath Kromme Rade – Draaibrug – Oud Loosdrechtsedijk (8.8 km)

Oud Loosdrechtsedijk – Horndijk

  • Starting from any hotels or resorts along the Oud-Loosdrechtse Dijk, you can choose to go either way; this walk will loop around. Here we’ve described it going clockwise but if you find yourself closer to Draaibrug, by all means, walk this route the other way around.
  • Walk west towards the Loenderveense Plas, then turn right, in northern direction, onto Horndijk. Note that there is no sidewalk on either side for the first 200 meters.

    Look out onto de Loenderveense Plas, a water body that’s in part nature reserve and in part used for water purification. Up to 30% of the drinkwater in Amsterdam comes from this location!

    For those reasons, no watersports are allowed on this part of the Loosdrechtse Plassen and thus you can spot swans, purple herons, kingfishers and black terns. If you’d like to know more about this area, spot birds or learn about water treatment, check out these events organized by Natuurmonumenten (Dutch Societey for Nature Conservation).

Footpath Kromme Rade

  • After about 1.5km you’ll get to a crossing in a bend in the road. Here turn right and cross the road to take the narrow walkway between the houses to get to the Kromme Rade. The walkway is less than 100 meters along residents’ backyards and opens up to a dike. For the following 3.5 km, enjoy the sound of wind through the reeds along the dike, the soft grass underfoot and the silence in general. Depending on the time of day, you may be the only person here.

Draaibrug

  • Just keep walking straight ahead. After about 2.5 km you’ll pass a gate and pass by houses and trees ahead. Here the dike will also turn into road again and it takes you to a white bridge on Draaibrug. Turn right to head south, back to Loosdrecht once again.

Oud Loosdrechtsedijk

  • Turn right again at the roundabout to return to your starting point. Be sure to treat yourself to coffee, a cold beer or an ice cream along the Oud-Loosdrechtsedijk. There are plenty of restaurants at any of the marinas overlooking the water, or those along the road. If you decided to walk anti-clockwise, on Horndijk check out restaurant de Eend. Wherever you end up, enjoy the good food and the views.
Along the Oud-Loosdrechtsedijk

2) Loosdrecht – Vreeland

Oud Loosdrechtsedijk – Horndijk – Dirk A. Lambertszkade – Vreeland 6 km (12km return)

Oud Loosdrechtsedijk – Horndijk

  • On the Oud Loosdrechtsedijk walk west towards the Loenderveense Plas and turn right onto the Horndijk.

Dirk A. Lambertszkade

  • When you get to the four-way crossing at the bend in the road, turn left on the Dirk A. Lambertszkade. This quite narrow but green path divides the Loenderveense and Waterleidingsplas from the Wijde Blik. Walking towards Vreeland you’ll be accompanied by sailing boats and lessons on your right countered by the quiet on your left. About halfway you will come upon a birdwatching tower on your left. In it some information with pictures of what species you can spot from here. Or just enjoy the rest and sit for a while right next to the wild blackberries.
  • Follow the path until after passing between two houses, you come to the road again. Turn right and follow along. Note there are no sidewalks alongside it.
Vreeland drawbridge along routes around Loosdrecht

Vreeland

  • After a mere 300m you will see a bridge over the water; de Vecht, keep left to make sure you pass underneath the road and enter Vreeland. It is the sweetest little village with tiny, narrow cobbled streets.
  • Either take the first left (Ruiterstraat) or keep walking straight to make it to the Breedstraat where at Pancake restaurant Noord Brabant they serve, besides great pancakes, good coffee with Dutch apple tart, some grilled sandwiches, and omelets. Note that during the offseason they’re closed on Monday and Tuesday.
  • Pass the typical Dutch draw – bridge (one of 24) over de Vecht and sit along this waterway to watch its traffic made up of sailboats, dinghies, yachts and other leisure boats. Then make your way back over the bridge.
Icecream along route around Loosdrecht
Ko Ijs Icecream cone

Make sure to walk this route on a day that ice cream shop KO is open! As you make your way back, or you’re preparing to do the loop (3b), pass by Ko Ijswinkel (Twitter handle #KoVreelandsijs) for the best homemade ice cream. We were treated to an impromptu tasting session and where I fell in love with the Verveine, the basil AND the coffee flavours, the kids were wild over the strawberry, chocolate and hazelnut-caramel. Yum. Truly the best!

3a) Loosdrecht – Loenen aan de Vecht

Oud Loosdrechtsedijk – Horndijk – Dirk A. Lambertszkade –Oud Over – Loenen 8 km (16km return)

Oud Loosdrechtsedijk – Horndijk

  • Walk west towards the Loenderveense Plas, then turn right, in northern direction, onto Horndijk. Note that there is no sidewalk on either side for the first 200 meters.

Dirk A. Lambertszkade

  • When you get to the four-way crossing at the bend in the road, turn left on the Dirk A. Lambertszkade. This quite narrow but green path divides the Loenderveense and Waterleidingsplas from the Wijde Blik. Walking towards Vreeland you’ll be accompanied by sailing boats and lessons on your right countered by the quiet on your left. About halfway you will come upon a birdwatching tower on your left. In it some information with pictures of what species you can spot from here. Or just enjoy the rest and sit for a while right next to the wild blackberries.
  • Follow the path until after passing between two houses, you come to the road again. Turn left onto Oud Over, keeping the Waterleidingsplas on your left. Note: there are no sidewalks along the road.

Oud Over – Loenen

  • Keep walking until you come to the Brugstraat on your right. You’ll find yourself in another throwback to times past on the cobbled streets leading to the bridge. Cross it to make it into the centre of Loenen aan de Vecht. You’ll pass a bakery (Luxe brood-en banketbakkerij Both) on your left, and Hans and Frietje, in the bend, on your right, serves great lattes.
  • Sit and rest awhile on this typical Dutch terrace. In case you’re in need of a nibble for the way back, the Jumbo Supermarket is 150 meters up the road from here.
  • On Wednesday mornings, a small market takes place between Hoefijzer and Molendijk, visit it for a fresh apple, a bag of krentenbollen (currants rolls) or a nice chunk of old, spicy Dutch cheese.
  • To return retrace your steps or close the loop to Loosdrecht and follow the directions below.

3b) Loosdrecht – Loenen loop

Oud Loosdrechtsedijk – Horndijk – Dirk A. Lambertszkade –Oud Over – Loenen – Bloklaan – Veendijk – Oud-Loosdrechtswegdijk 14 km

Loenen – Bloklaan

Part of walking routes around Loosdrecht
Bridge at Loenen aan de Vecht
  • From Loenen aan de Vecht center, walk back over the bridge to Oud Over and turn right. After 350 meters you’ll reach Bloklaan. Turn your back to the water as you turn left.  The sidewalk turns into a cycle path back to Loosdrecht.
  • Along the way, after 1.5km, you can visit Fort Spion on your left. It was once part of the Dutch Waterline (Hollandse Waterlinie) a series of connecting waterways and forts built to defend the Netherlands against landbound enemy.
  • It slowly developed first as part of the Dutch learning to manage tides and periods of high water. Later it was used deliberately when they realized that water could also be used to protect. Forts were built, canals created and strategic parcels of land appointed which were to be flooded if and when necessary.
  • This technique was successfully used against the French, among others. Land was flooded up to knee height only. It made walking in the slick mud too difficult and the use of boats impossible as it was too shallow.
  • Fort Spion now is in use as a simple campground (tents and members of Stichting Natuurkampeerterreinen only. For an overnight stay, ask about the Remise. If you’d like to stay longer (4 person max) you can do so in the guardhouse.
  • A 90˚S-shaped bend folds around Fort Spion continuing east you’ll be flanked by the Loenderveense Plas on your left and your right. Behind the green divide in the water on your right are the Loosdrechtse Plassen. Other than the cyclists and cars, all the eye meets is water, reeds and water birds. A big flock of swans often can be seen in the bend where the Bloklaan turns into the Veendijk.

Veendijk

  • Houses on the right signal your approach of Loosdrecht. Whether you want to postpone or celebrate this, there are a number of waterfront terraces backing onto the Loosdrechtse Plassen to help you ponder the decision.
  • As the Veendijk ends at the three-way junction, the Oud Loosdrechtsedijk commences to your right to take you back to your starting point.

Whichever of these routes you take, there’ll be nature, quiet to be enjoyed interspersed with specific Dutch highlights in water management, history or leisure. Make sure to try one of the many watering holes and have a great time.

Did you walk one of these routes? What did you think? Where next would you go?

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