Wild Life Hike (Zuid-Kennemerland National Park) - Episode 6

Let’s meet the colorful Dutch spring with some healthy photographing this April! Camera in the hand, inspiration in the mind, and some energy in the legs are a perfect combination for (re-)discovering the surprising beauties of Zuid-Kennemerland National Park. Let’s pay a visit to the wild animals and diverse vegetation, and capture them on CCD or film as we enjoy the sparkling light of early spring.

So pick up your camera, take comfy clothes, good shoes, and let’s explore this park together and see what we can find.

We will meet at 11:30 AM, at the Nationaal Park Zuid-Kennemerland on Sunday April 6th. The meetup point will be at the café (duincafe de zandwaaier) of the visitor’s center that is located at the Park entrance called “De Zandwaaier.”. Very recently the visitor center has changed location and there can be some confusion concerning the address: The address of the Café is now Zeeweg 12 in Overveen but be aware that according to Google Maps this is incorrect. It brings you to the beach which is not at all where it is in reality! Be aware that your tomtom might also get confused.

Instead, check the maps below for guidance.

If you are coming by car set your GPS to Tetterodeweg[masked] Overveen,. And it should bring you in the vicinity of the entrance. Use the maps below to figure out the exact point.

After the walk, it has been a tradition to meet back at the coffee shop and enjoy together some of the local Food (The traditional pea soup sure warms you up!). Let’s keep this one up J.

I have been to this park a few times already, Each time, it was a very agreeable surprise with variable landscape in a short distance, and wild animals and birds (we met sheeps, shettland poneys and Bisons!). Amazing to know there is this little nature paradise so close to home (Check out the website: http://www.np-zuidkennemerland.nl/documents/home.xml?lang=nl). 

We will take a hiking route that starts from the pay parking. Starting similarly as last times, but then we will improvise some variation depending on what we encounter. 

There are multiple options to go there. There is a bus stop next to the Bezorkercentrum (Bus 81), and a train station (Overveen) is at a walking distance (20-30 minutes). Additionally, there is a parking for car users: From the Bezoekerscentrum, it is the other side of the N200 road. It is a paying parking

There is a non-paying parking quite close, near a kind of sport center. From there, you can access the Café by foot (About 500m). From the free parking, walk back to the roundabout, turn left, and walk about 200m. On your right there is the entrance of the pay parking. Enter here. Walk beside the parking and you´ll see the building behind it. You will find the coffee shop there.

I will be travelling by car. I can pick up to three people from Leiden Station. Let me know if you need a ride.

And finally, if the evening before, the weather forecast predicts horrid skies, I will send a cancelling or postponing note to everybody.

A Bientôt!


PS: Check the previous Photo-hike photos :

episode 5: http://www.meetup.com/The-Dutch-Photography-Meetup-Group/events/154152762/

episode 4 : http://www.meetup.com/The-Dutch-Photography-Meetup-Group/events/148885752/

episode 3: http://www.meetup.com/The-Dutch-Photography-Meetup-Group/events/84648722/

episode 2: http://www.meetup.com/The-Dutch-Photography-Meetup-Group/events/48158312/

You can also download a brochure in English, French or German here:


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  • Leo

    Well, the pinhole photos I made are up. Some work, some don't. Partly because I'm just beginning to understand how to make good pinholes, partly because I screwed up developing of the negatives...

    3 · April 8, 2014

  • Agnes C.

    Edouard, here is a picture of the barn door tracker I made (it cost me 9 euros, not counting the ball head):


    And here is my best astrophoto effort so far :-)


    1 · April 6, 2014

    • Agnes C.

      Yes, the picture was taken with a motorized mount. But that is now very old and unreliable, so I am trying to build something. The prototype is driven by hand, but I hope to add accurate stepper motors (the parts are quite cheap).

      April 7, 2014

    • Agnes C.

      Thank you for the encouraging comments :-)

      April 7, 2014

  • Michael K.

    It was an interesting event and new tourist experience for me. Thanks to "elected guy" for organizing it)

    Hope to see you in future, have good shots.

    3 · April 7, 2014

  • Gary

    Thank you everybody for a nice day out. Sorry I had to leave early but my son would not forgive me if I missed his swimming exam.

    Michael have a safe journey back to Moscow.

    If anybody is interested in walking some Amsterdam markets to do some street photography or the Artis for butterfly macro then give me a shout.

    1 · April 7, 2014

  • Henny V.

    I really wanted to come, but due to a death in the close relations of a friend I am not able to come this time. Looking forward to the next time though :)

    April 6, 2014

  • Gary

    Hi all, This is how I will be getting there so if anybody wants to join me you can find me on these trains. I'll be the guy with the Lowepro camera bag ;)

    10:29 Duivendrecht Platform 5 to Amsterdam Centraal
    10:49 Amsterdam Centraal Platform 1 to Haarlem
    Arrive in Overveen at 11:12

    April 5, 2014

  • Wouter

    This is my first time, so I hope I can find you guys

    April 5, 2014

  • François

    Sorry not to be there again. This times I often come back in France and this week end also. You will miss me, take good snapshots. François

    April 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to miss this. Would have liked to seen it in spring but recent wrist surgery prevents me joining you. Hope you have a great day!

    March 31, 2014

  • Deepesh B.

    Photography meetup

    March 22, 2014

  • Edouard

    I had to change the date from the 20th , to the 13nth, to now the Sunday 6th. That should be the final one! Apologies for the date confusions.

    February 21, 2014

  • Chris

    The time of the event is set to 11:30PM.. ;-)

    1 · February 21, 2014

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