PWN manages over 7,300 hectares of dune landscape on behalf of the province of North Holland. Included in this area is the North Holland Dune Reserve, one of the largest nature reserves in The Netherlands. It stretches from the Tata Steel grounds in Wijk aan Zee to the Dunes of Schoorl. It is around 20 km long and on average 2.5 km wide, covering 5,300 hectares of dunes, beach, dune forests with a surprising amount of relief, and a number of smaller nature reserves.
To visit the North Holland Dune Reserve you will need a dune pass. All our guests receive a dune pass upon arrival.
If you wish to learn more about the nature reserve, take part in an excursion, or help your children acquire knowledge about nature, then please call at visitor centre De Hoep in Castricum.
Visitor center De Hoep in Castricum is one of the most beautiful places in North Holland. You will learn everything about the purification of water and the North Holland dunes. They also organize meetings for your company, De Hoep organizes activities and excursions throughout the year.
You will undoubtedly encounter the Scottish highlander when you take a walk or bike ride through the Dune Reserve. It is a quiet animal that will flee rather than attack. Be alert and do not get too close. Not because they are aggressive, but they can frighten and then make unexpected movements.
The rolling hills of the dunes and the adjacent forest of North Holland are extremely suitable for walking, cycling and horse riding. There is an extensive network of tracks.
The North Holland Dune Reserve is home to many different plant and animal species. This is a consequence of its large size and great variety of landscapes. Elevation, humidity, the amount of lime in the soil and the historical use by man all contribute to a great biodiversity.