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Nature and  recreation


Several canals and waterways invite you to canoeing trips. The lakes (such as the Amstel Lake, west of Wieringen) are available for various watersports. A canoe route card shows you the most beautiful spots.







The region is ideal for fishing enthousiasts. Various  canels, ditches, and streams and waterways attrack plenty of fish.  A network of bicycling paths ensures that you can bike until your heart's content Ranging from a few kilometers for the average bike rider to the multiple of that for the seasoned cyclist. Various bycicling toutes are availeble at the tourist office. In spring time the area betweenDen Helder and Petten changes into a flower carpet, there is no better way of seeing then to ride between them on your bike.




Most of the flower fields are situated in the area around Anna Paulowna / Breezand / Julianadorp / Zijpe('t Zand). There is no lack of nature's beauty here. There are several nature reserves to visit. The one most known is calles Het Zwanenwater (The SwanWater). This nature reserve is located a little to the south of Callantsoog and is mostly known for its colony of spoonbills and two large dune lakes. Other well known nature reservsin the area are, 'Het Robbenoordbos' and 'Dijkgatbos' in the polder 'Wieringermeer', 'The Gravelijkheids Dunes' and 'Mariëndal' in Den Helder, Bird reserve 'the Putten', 'De Pettemerduinen'and 'Het Wildrijk'in Sint Maartenszee". Between the 2 coasts (IJselmeer and the North Sea) is an extensive green area of polders and dikes. One of these dikes is the historic West Friese Omringdijk (126 km). Old farms , windmills and small villages with old traditions are situated along this dike. One of these villages is Kolhorn, a town that became part of "Kop Van Noord-Holland' after the reclamation. Before the reclamation Kolhorn was a triving fisherman's town, that history still shows in the town.

thumb-natuur03Overview of natural areas in the region:

 Het Zwanenwater
Natuurgebied Kooibos
Bezoekerscentrum Eendenkooi
Vogelreservaat De Putten
Het Wildrijk
De Pettemerduinen
Donkere Duinen
De Grafelijkheidsduinen
Robbenoordbos en Dijkgatbos
De Witte Paal
De Nollen van R.W. van de Wint
Het Schager Wad (Rietbos)
Nollen van Abbestede


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