Meijendel Nature Reserve

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Middle Dunes

Meijendel Nature Preserve is a nature area in the province of South Holland, manged by the water company Dunea. Dunea uses the lands to collect drinking water, and, at the same time, preserves the lands for its unique eco systems. Meijendel is about 1875 hectares (4633 acres) and comprises three types of Dunes: Outer Dunes, Middle Dunes, and Inner Dunes with each their distinct characteristics:
Outer Dunes have low vegetations, Middle Dunes have infiltration pools, marches, reedlands and more substantial vegetation. The Inner Dunes, have the most vegetation like small forests.

In the 17th century Meijendel used to be a place to hunt rabbits. Later one tried to put it to use for agricultural purposes.

North Sea, and in the background the Pier of Scheveningen
In the 1800s several farms were founded. The grounds were, however, not fertile enough so the project failed. Five barns and thirteen houses were built. None of them turned out successful. In the 1900s the area almost became a habitat for the rich. Two villas were constructed, but in the end demolished when the area became protected.

The preserve is an excellent place for a hike, biking and in summer swimming. Since I was nearby today I decided to make short walk, which turned out to be a 10-km (6.2-mile) walk amongst sand, dunes, beach, and sea-gulls.

Pretty nice!

More pictures below! Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren zodat deze rare website toestaat dat de bijgesloten foto ook vertoond wordt. Deze 

 

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Middle Dunes
Middle Dunes
North Sea, and in the background t…
North Sea, and in the background …
A lonely tree in the Middle Dunes
A lonely tree in the Middle Dunes
A lonely tree in the Middle Dunes
A lonely tree in the Middle Dunes
Middle Dunes
Middle Dunes
Inner Dunes
Inner Dunes
Inner Dunes
Inner Dunes
One of the few remaining structure…
One of the few remaining structur…
Middle Dunes
Middle Dunes
Middle Dunes
Middle Dunes
Outer Dunes
Outer Dunes
Outer Dunes
Outer Dunes
Outer Dunes
Outer Dunes
Outer Dunes
Outer Dunes
Outer Dunes
Outer Dunes
North Sea
North Sea
North Sea
North Sea
Middle Dunes
Middle Dunes
Middle Dunes
Middle Dunes
Outer Dunes
Outer Dunes
GPS profile of the hike (rendered …
GPS profile of the hike (rendered…
Meijdendel Nature Reserve
photo by: mdalamers