1,000 start beach walk
25 July 2005, HOEK VAN HOLLAND – Around a thousand people took the first steps in the 47th Strandzesdaagse walk at Hoek van Holland between 8am and 10am on Monday.
25 July 2005
HOEK VAN HOLLAND – Around a thousand people took the first steps in the 47th Strandzesdaagse walk at Hoek van Holland between 8am and 10am on Monday.
The 140km walk ends in Den Helder. The beachgoers will camp for the next five nights in Wassenaar, Noordwijk, Velsen-Noord, Egmond aan Zee and Callantsoog.
The organisation will transport participants’ tents and bags from one campground to the next. Getting through sand at high tide is difficult enough, says W van Loo, one of the organisers of the walk.
The walk’s length varies from one day to the next: around 30km for three days, 20km for two, and 10km on the last day.
The Strandzesdaagse generally sees only about ten dropouts, Van Loo says. ‘If they make it to the third stop in Velsen-Noord, they do the whole walk.’
Thirty-seven people partipicated in the first Strandzesdaagse in 1959. The first three walks went from Den Helder to Hoek van Holland, but then founder H Horsman decided to walk ‘home’.
In the past few years the walk has seen about 1,000 participants. Though interest is great each year, the organisation cannot handle more.
The walk ends on Saturday around 3pm in Den Helder.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news