Loonse and Drunense Dunes
Dunes without a beach and hike the living sand
Waalwijk - Normally you have to visit the coast for sun, sea and sand. But for just sun, dunes and sand you can also visit the vast inland area of the Loonse and Drunense Dunes. Here you will find the largest continuous shifting sands of Western Europe. The highest dune crests can grow up to 20 meters.
Where does all that sand come from?The sand probably came to blow this way about 30,000 years ago. The forests that were created were cut down by man and burned down to serve as agricultural land. The heather that was created was excavated, which again created holes and the wind was given free rein on the sand.
In the last century, the dunes were replanted as a labor project. Fortunately, part of the drifting sand area remained free of planting, creating a beautiful area.